Navy Wins Two Events at League Swim-Dive Opening Night
LEWISBURG, Pa. –– Wednesday’s opening night of competition at the Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championship was an evening of mixed results for the two Navy programs. The school’s women’s team broke pool records in winning both relay events while the men were disqualified in one relay event and placed second in the other. Through the abbreviated session that also included one diving final for the women, Navy’s women’s team stands in third place with 93 points while the men are in ninth place with 39 place.
“It was a decent first day for us,” said Navy women’s swimming head coach John Morrison. “Hard to complain about winning both swimming events and setting two pool records. We certainly had some solid individual swims. We were a little tentative in some spots, but that comes from not racing for a little bit. I think we were able to knock the cobwebs off and have some strong splits from several people. We’re looking forward to continuing that in the preliminary racing tomorrow.”
“We are looking ahead to tomorrow,” said Navy men’s swimming head coach Bill Roberts. “There are things we need to get better at, but we feel ready to go for the next three days.”
The evening began with the 200 medley relay events. The Navy women won the event with a time of 1:40.59, a clocking that was 1.43 seconds ahead of second-place Army West Point (1:42.03) and 53-hundredths of a second faster than the previous Kinney Natatorium record of 1:41.12. Navy’s record-breaking team consisted of Biz Graeff (Jr, Canton, Ohio), Lauren Barber (So., New Wilmington, Pa.), Hannah Briant (So., Brielle, N.J.) and Kenzie Margroum (Sr., Fort Thomas, Ky.).
The men’s edition of the race saw both the Mids and Lehigh disqualified for an early start from the respective anchor swimmers. Army West Point would win the race in a time of 1:27.97, which was one-tenth of a second slower than Navy’s league-best clocking of the season.
The women’s three-meter diving final followed, and Navy gained points when Madison Keiser (Fr., Southlake, Texas) placed eighth in the championship final with her score of 2:34.20.
Navy’s women’s team would go on to win the 800 freestyle relay with a time of 7:11.29. The effort of Barber, Casey Lawson (So., Spring Lake Heights, N.J.), Charlotte Meyer (Sr., Bethesda, Md.) and Margoum was six-seconds faster than second-place Lehigh (7:17.41) and five-seconds better than the 2015 Navy team that established the pool record of 7:16.72.
Army West Point would win the men’s 800 freestyle relay in a time of 6:31.41. The Black Knights touched the wall 1.33 seconds in front of the Navy team of Joseph Jaime (Jr., San Antonio, Texas), Ethan Whitaker (Jr., Chesterton, Ind.), Vince Everman (So., Philadelphia, Pa.) and Shane Condon (Sr., Mechanicsville, Va.).
Boston University leads the women’s standings with 131 points and Army West Point is in second place with 94 points. The Terriers advanced three divers to the three-meter championship final while the Black Knights qualified two for the event.
Army West Point’s 80 points gives it the early lead in the men’s standings.
Competition continues at the championship through Saturday.
Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 5
1. Boston University - 131
2. Army West Point - 94
3. U.S. Naval Academy - 93
4. Loyola University – 66
5. Lehigh University - 65
6. Bucknell University – 62
7. American University - 59
8. Colgate University – 48
9. College of the Holy Cross - 45
10. Lafayette University - 28
Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 5
1. Army West Point - 80
2. Bucknell University – 66
3. Boston University - 60
4. Lehigh University - 58
5. Loyola University - 52
6. Colgate University – 50
7. College of the Holy Cross - 42
8. American University - 36
9. U.S. Naval Academy - 34
10. Lafayette University - 26