First League Competition Ahead of Swimming & Diving
ANNAPOLIS, Md. –– The Navy swimming and diving teams will face league foes American, Bucknell and Lafayette Saturday at noon in Kinney Natatorium on the Bucknell campus in Lewisburg, Pa. It will be the first time this season the Mids will be facing fellow Patriot League members in a meet.
Navy’s two teams enter the meet with 4-0 records, American’s squads are each 2-0 on the year, each Lafayette team has dropped its lone respective dual to date and the Bucknell women’s team is 2-0 this fall while its men’s team has a record of 0-2.
The Mids ran their respective records to 4-0 on the young season with wins over Johns Hopkins and Towson two weeks ago. Each program won 12 events to keep the squads undefeated on the season.
“Since the end of the last meet,” said Navy men’s swimming head coach Bill Roberts, “the team has been hungry. We certainly are looking forward to competing at Bucknell this Saturday along with our fellow Patriot League institutions.”
“We are anxious for Saturday’s opportunity to go up against league competition for the first time this season,” said Navy women’s swimming head coach John Morrison. “We are looking for some strong performances coming off exam week, competing at a nice facility and against three league teams that will all challenge us in a variety of events.”
Navy totaled 25 event victories in defeating these same three programs one year ago in Lejeune Hall. Navy won the men’s meet by scores of 204-77 over American, 188-102 over Bucknell and 207-78 over Lafayette. The women’s dual saw the Mids defeat the Eagles by the score of 188-100, the Bison by the count of 170-120 and the Eagles by the tally of 207-80.
Navy’s men’s team won both relay races and 11 individual events during the 2016 meet. Returning for the Mids this year are event winners Brayden Lauffer (Jr., Apex, N.C.), winner of the 1000 freestyle; Ethan Whitaker (Sr., Chesterton, Ind.), who won the 100 and 200 freestyle races; Michael Velazquez (Jr., Henderson, Nev.), who won the 200 breaststroke; and Bradley Buchter (So., Hickory, N.C.), who swept the two diving events.
Bucknell returns Chris Devin, who touched the wall first in the 200 backstroke event.
Last year’s women’s meet saw the Mids earn 10 individual swimming events and both relay races. Navy returns double event winners Lauren Barber (Jr., New Wilmington, Pa.) –– 100 breaststroke and 500 freestyle –– and Delaney Walz (So., Mays Landing, N.J.) –– 100 and 200 butterfly –– as well as three other single event victors. This trio includes Casey Lawson (Jr., Spring Lake Heights, N.J.), 200 freestyle; Elyse MacIsaac (So., Staffod, Va.), 200 breaststroke; and Kaitlyn O’Reilly (Sr., Farmington, Minn.), 400 individual medley.
Additional women’s event winners from 2016 who are back for their respective teams this year are Bucknell’s Emma Hadley (100 and 200 backstroke) and American’s Fiona Caulfield (both diving events).