Swimming and Diving Comes Up Short on Senior Day
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy women’s swimming and diving team (8-3) hosted Yale (9-0) for Senior Dayin the final home dual meet of the season on Saturday morning at Lejeune Hall. The Bulldogs posted a 164-131 victory over the Midshipmen to remain unbeaten.
“I thought our team did really well today,” senior captain Biz Graeff (Canton, Ohio) said after the meet. “Obviously, it wasn’t a win all the way around, but everyone came out and raced. It is usually hard for us to get up and race right after our big training trip. Everyone is a little bit exhausted, but I don’t think people swam like that today. These meets leading up to the postseason are sometimes a little hard to get up and go, but the past two weeks our team has been swimming faster than we usually do at this point in the season. I was proud of everyone and their efforts today.”
Prior to the meet, Navy recognized the program’s Class of 2018: Gus Garies (Bonner Springs, Kan.), Alex Hoiles (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Molly Kuenstler (Villa Park, Ill.), Kaitlyn O’Reilly (Farmington, Minn.), Emily Ranzau (Johns Creek, Ga.), Jenny Smith (Columbus, Ohio) and Graeff.
“As a senior, I know that I am proud of myself and the other girls in my class who have swam here all four years. I think that is an accomplishment itself,” Graeff said about Senior Day. “Swimming for this team has been the most worthwhile experience I have ever had in my life. These girls are my sisters and my best friends and I know they will be for the rest of my life.”
The dual meet started with the 200 medley relay. The quartet of O’Reilly, Lauren Barber (New Wilmington, Pa.), Delaney Walz (Mays Landing, N.J.) and Ally Warnimont (Winston-Salem, N.C.) combined for a time of 1:44.99 to claim second in the event.
The 1,000 freestyle saw Erin Jordan (Schnecksville, Pa.) clock the fastest time of the day for the Midshipmen, touching at 10:18.83.
The Mids took first and third in the 200 freestyle as Casey Lawson (Spring Lake Heights, N.J.) and Erin Scudder (Western Springs, Ill.) finished the sprint with times of 1:50.54 and 1:51.98, respectively.
O’Reilly, Jamie Miller (Rochester Hills, Mich.) and Caitlyn Koo (Sunnyvale, Calif.) finished in order for Navy in the 100 backstroke. O’Reilly posted a time of 56.79, while Miller was a fraction of a second behind with a time of 56.94 and Koo registered a time of 57.29.
In the 100 breaststroke, Barber and Elyse MacIsaac (Stafford, Va.) were back-to-back finishers. Barber clocked a 1:03.10 to finish the race in second, while Macisaac took third with a time of 1:05.08.
Walz tallied first-place points with a win in the 200 butterfly. The sophomore clocked a time of 2:02.89 to win the event.
In the 50 free, plebe Ali Kozlina (Cranberry Township, Pa.) was the top Navy finisher, posting a time of 24.04 to finish in second place. Kozlina was also the Mids’ top performer in the 100 freestyle, claiming a second-place finish with a time of 52.02.
Miller and Ashley Boddiford (Oviedo, Fla.) finished 1-2 in the 200 backstroke. Miller won the event with a time of 2:01.56, while Boddiford was just eight hundredths of a second back (2:01.64) to finish in second.
The 200 breaststroke saw the Mids claim three of the top four finishes. Barber was the top Navy performer in the event with a second-place time of 2:17.30, while O’Reilly (2:20.08) and Macisaac (2:22.31) were just off the pace.
In the 500 free, Scudder claimed the event as the only swimmer for either team to post a sub-five-minute performance. The sophomore clocked a time of 4:59.83 to win the event.
Walz was the top Midshipmen in the 100 butterfly with a second-place finish with a time of 56.04.
Barber and O’Reilly finished 1-2 in the final individual race of the day, the 200 IM. Barber posted a time of 2:04.10 to win the event, while O’Reilly was 75-hundredths of a second back at 2:04.85.
In the final swimming event of the day, the Navy 400 free relay team of Kozlina, Scudder, Warnimont and Lawson recorded a collected time of 3:22. 16.
Freshman Meghan Gerdes (Spring, Texas) was the top finisher for the Midshipmen in both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving competition. Gerdes tallied 252.23 points in the 1m board, while amassing 265.35 points in the 3m contest.
Navy swimming and diving continues the season on Saturday, Jan. 27, as the Midshipmen host the Navy Invite at Lejeune Hall. The meet is slated to begin at noon.