Nov. 16, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy swimming and diving teams will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., to take part in this week's Nike Cup Invitational that is being held at Khory Natatorium on the North Carolina campus. The three-day event that follows a league or national championship meet format begins Thursday and runs through Saturday.
Links to live results from the sessions of preliminary heats (10 a.m.) and finals (6 p.m.) can be found at NavySports.com.
In addition to the Mids and the host Tar Heels, men's and women's teams from South Carolina, Duke, East Carolina and Old Dominion also will take part in the meet. Harvard's men's team and the diving squads from James Madison and Drexel round out the field.
The 2010 Nike Cup saw North Carolina win the men's meet, with Navy placing second, South Carolina third, Duke fourth, Old Dominion sixth and East Carolina seventh in a nine-team field. North Carolina also won the women's meet a year ago, with Duke finishing in second place, South Carolina in third, Navy placed fifth, East Carolina finished in sixth place, Old Dominion in seventh and James Madison in eighth.
Individually for Navy last year, Mac Anthony (Sr., Allentown, Pa.) placed second in the 200 free and fourth in both the 100 and 500 freestyle events, Toni Paruso (Jr., Savannah, Ga.) placed fourth in the 100 butterfly, and Paruso and Mark Meyer (Sr., Bethesda, Md.) each placed third in the respective women's and men's 200 fly races.
"We are really looking forward to having our team compete in a championship meet format," said Navy women's swimming head coach John Morrison. "There are some great programs attending, so the competition will be tough. All in all, this will be a great test for our team."
"The Nike Cup is a perfect competition for us," said Navy men's swimming head coach Bill Roberts
. "Competing in this format and at this time of the season allows us and every program to better prepare the athletes to achieve their very best at the end of the season."
Both Navy teams have been off from competition since posting respective victories over fellow Patriot League programs American, Bucknell and Lafayette November 5 in Lejeune Hall. The wins boosted the record on the year for the Navy men's team to 7-0, while the women's squad saw its record improve to 5-2 with its trio of victories.