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Navy Sweeps League Swimming & Diving Titles

Barber breaks league record with 21 event wins


Navy Climbs Closer to League Swimming & Diving Titles

Men go 1-2-3 in pair of events tonight


Navy Strengthens Leads at League Swim-Dive Meet

Mids combine to win four events


Swimming and Diving Off to Fast Start at Patriot League Championships

Navy men and women won the 200 medley relays and the 800 free relays, while men won the diving.


Swimming and Diving Off to Fast Start at Patriot League Championships

Navy men and women won the 200 medley relays and the 800 free relays, while men won the diving.


W Swim vs. Johns Hopkins/Towson (1/25/17)

Women's swimming vs. Johns Hopkins and Towson (Jan. 25, 2017). Photos by Phil Hoffmann.


W Swim Dive vs. Army

Women's swimming & diving vs. Army. Dec. 10, 2015. Photos by Phil Hoffmann.


Women's Swimming vs. ECU/ODU

Women's swimming & diving vs. east Carolina and Old Dominion, Oct. 10, 2015.


W Swim-Dive vs. Johns Hopkins (1/25/12)

Women's swimming & diving vs. Johns Hopkins, Jan. 25, 2012 (Photos by Phil Hoffmann)

John Morrison is entering his 14th year as the head coach of the Navy women’s swimming program as well as his 18th year of being associated with the team, in the fall of 2017.

Morrison and the Mids have tallied a record of 103-31 –– which includes two undefeated seasons and a 45-1 record against Patriot League opponents –– with eight first-place and three second-place showings at the Patriot League Championship over the last 11 seasons. In all, Morrison has guided the Mids to a 119-31 record –– 53-2 in league regular season duals –– and either first (eight) or second-place finishes at the Patriot League meet 12 times in his 13 seasons. He has been tabbed as the Patriot League Coach of the Year six times and as the ECAC Coach of the Year five times.

Navy has compiled a 26-6 record over the last three seasons –– with those losses coming to Georgia Tech, North Carolina (three) and Penn State (two) –– defeated Army West Point for the 26th, 27th and 28th-straight years, respectively and won a trio of Patriot League titles. The Mids have won 41 of the 54 swimming events contested at the last three Patriot League meets to help them run their streak of consecutive league crowns won to six in a row.

Navy’s current three-year run of success began in 2015 with the Mids posting a 7-3 record during the regular season before winning 13 swimming events at the Patriot League Championship. That was followed by the Mids winning all but one of their 11 dual meets in a season that was capped by their claiming 14 swimming event titles to again earn the 2016 Patriot League Championship. The team proceeded to notch a 9-2 record during the 2016-17 campaign and again won 14 swimming events at the league championship.

The Mids also put together a number of other memorable seasons during Morrison’s initial eight seasons. Navy earned Patriot League team titles in 2007, ‘10, ‘12, ‘13 and ‘14, with the Mids tallying double-digit victory totals in six seasons and undefeated campaigns in both 2008-09 and 2010-11.

In addition to success on the Patriot League level, the Mids also placed first at the 2012, ‘14, ‘17 ECAC Championships, with second-place finishes coming in 2015 and ‘16. Individually, a Navy swimmer has earned at least a share of 10 league swimmer-of-the-year accolades during Morrison’s 13 years, while the Mids have won a league-best 127 swimming event titles at the Patriot League Championship –– the remainder of the league has won 110 event titles –– under his guidance.

The program also has made strides at national events during Morrison’s tenure. Navy swimmers are regular participants in U.S. Swimming meets such as the USA Short Course National Championship, ConocoPhillips National Championship and the World Championship Trials. The 2008 season saw Thuy-Mi Dinh become the first women’s swimmer in Patriot League history to attain an ‘A’ cut qualifying time for the NCAA Championship, then she and Tara Chapmon advanced to the national meet in both 2009 and ‘10. Laura Gorinski competed in a trio of individual events at the NCAA Championship when she did so in the 2012 edition of the meet. Lauren Barber then became the first freshman women’s swimmer in school and league history to qualify for the NCAA Division I Championship when she was invited to compete at the 2016 edition of the national meet.

The Mids also have been well represented at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials during the Morrison era. Most recently, Barber, Ellen Bradford, Dinh, Kenzie Margroum and Charlotte Meyer all qualified for the 2016 selection meet, while a trio of Mids took to the pool at the 2012 event. In addition to the team’s success in the water, the program under Morrison has been regularly recognized as an Academic All-America Team by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America and has accounted for 130 placings on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll over the last 13 seasons. These recipients include Kelly Zahalka, Gorinski and Bradford, all of whom have not only been selected as the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for their sport, but also earned Academic All-America accolades.

Morrison’s hiring in 2004 returned him to The Yard where he served as an assistant coach to Dick Purdy for four seasons beginning in the fall of 1993. The Purdy-Morrison duo coached the Mids to a 33-14 record and to league titles during each of its four years together.

After leaving Navy following the 1996-97 school year, Morrison served as a volunteer assistant men’s coach at Tennessee during the 1997-98 season in which the Volunteers placed fourth at the NCAA Championship, followed by one year as an assistant at Rutgers. After serving as the head coach and aquatics director at the Ocean County YMCA in his hometown of Toms River, N.J., for two years starting in 1999, he was named as the head swimming coach at Lehigh in 2001. Morrison coached the program to a combined 31-27 record during his three seasons there, a period highlighted by the men’s team winning the 2002 Patriot League title.

A successful athlete in his own right, Morrison earned four letters in swimming and in golf while a student-athlete at Toms River High School and was selected as a member of the school’s inaugural Hall of Fame class in the spring of 2004. He would go on to earn four letters in swimming at North Carolina, helping the Tar Heels win a pair of Atlantic Coast Conference titles in the process.

Morrison would enter the coaching ranks in 1991 as an assistant swimming coach at Washington & Lee where he helped coach four NCAA Division III All-Americans. He also assisted with the school’s 1992 water polo team that won the Division III Eastern Championship and served as the interim golf coach.

Morrison and his wife, Amy, have a son, John, who is a freshman Maryland, and a 14-year-old daughter, Avery Grace.

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