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Swimming & Diving Sweeps Johns Hopkins on Wednesday

Ellen Bradford

Jan. 29, 2014

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. – In a mid-week meet against Johns Hopkins, the Navy men’s and women’s swimming and diving team swept the Blue Jays on Wednesday at Lejuene Hall. The men’s team (6-4) won by a mark of 135-119, while the women’s team (5-4) edged its opponent by 14, 137-123.

The Mids were able to tally 13 individual (seven men/six women) first-place finishes and one team relay victory (men’s 200-yard medley). 

“I thought our guys raced very well tonight, especially watching them race more aggressive than I expected,” said head coach Bill Roberts. “I liked their focus and attack today and it will bode well moving forward towards the conference championships.”

Leading the men’s side were sophomore Tom Duvall and freshman Marlin Brutkiewicz. Both Mids placed first in two different events. Fresh off his Patriot League Swimmer of the Week award, Duvall placed first in the 100-yard (56.79) and 200-yard freestyle (1:39.89). Brutkiewicz claimed first in both the 100-yard (56.79) and 200-yard (2:04.93) breaststroke. 

“Marlin [Brutkiewicz] and Tom [Duvall] swam well for us today, especially Marlin winning both breaststrokes at a very good pace,” said Roberts. 

The Mids tallied three more individual wins, two in the back stroke (100 & 200) and one in the 200-yard butterfly. Sophomore Noah Martin shined in the butterfly with a first-place finish of 1:53.20.

“Noah Martin swam well in the butterfly and it helped that he did not have to swim the 1000 in front of the event,” said Roberts.

In the backstrokes, junior Brendan Walsh placed first in the 100 (51.14) and sophomore Alex Nickell claimed first in the 200 (1:53.29).

On the women’s front, Navy saw six different individuals capture first-place finished en route to its dual win over the Blue Jays 

“It was great to see our swimmers with confidence and great swims overall for a mid-week meet,” said head coach John Morrison. “Johns Hopkins came ready to go tonight and we had a great team effort in this win.”

In the distance swimming events, teammates Rachael Dudley and Sara Lopez placed first in the 500 and 1000-yard freestyle. Dudley finished a full two seconds ahead of here competitors in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:08.29. Lopez blew by her competition, finishing six seconds and change in the 1000 freestyle (10:32.64).

Senior Rheanna Vaughn and Dudley finished first and second in the 200-yard freestyle with finishing times of 2:04.22 and 2:05.56, respectively. Freshman Hannah Gilcrist outlasted her competition in the 100-yard breaststroke with a first-place time of 1:06.01, which was .82 hundreths of a second faster than Johns Hopkins’ swimmer Pilar Shimizu.

In the 200-yard breaststroke, Navy swept the top three spots. Leading the pack was sophomore Ellen Bradford, who hit the edge of the pool with a time of 2:22.59. Teammates Colleen Randolph and Kristine Doan finished right after Bradford with times of 2:27.60 and 2:28.51.

The men’s squad will have a dual meet on Friday, Jan. 31 against Columbia at Lejuene Hall (2 p.m.). Both squads will be back in the pool together on Saturday, Feb. 1 when Navy hosts the All Corners Invite at Lejuene Hall. The All Corners Invite includes American, Army, Bucknell, Lafayette, Lehigh, Shippensburg and the Naval Academy Aquatics Club senior group competing as individuals without team scoring. There will be a total of 34 events contested during the meet.




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