Nov. 17, 2011
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -
The Navy men's and women's swimming and diving teams opened competition at the Nike Cup in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Thursday. The teams competed in a morning preliminary session before returning for the finals on Thursday evening in day one of the three-day invitational.
The Navy men ended day one in second place with 207 points, while the women's team is in fifth place after day one with a total of 118.
Host North Carolina currently leads both the men's (334 points) and women's (435 points) competitions.
Leading the way for the men on Thursday evening were senior Mac Anthony and junior Robbie Parker as both recorded a third-place finish, which was the highest individual finish of the night for any Mid.
In the 500 freestyle, Anthony shaved nearly :05 off his preliminary time to take third place in the finals, clocking a 4:26.11. Meanwhile Parker posted a personal-best time in the 50 free as he raced to a third-place finish with a mark of 20.32 - missing the NCAA `B' cut by just .03.
"Robbie stepped up and had two great races today," said Navy men's head coach Bill Roberts.
In the first final of the evening - the 200 freestyle relay - the men's team posted its best finish of the day by taking second place. The Mids were just touched out by UNC for first place by .16, as team of Parker, Zach Ingold, Sean Bagent and K.C. Linn turned in a 1:21.41, edging Duke for second place by just .02.
Navy ended the evening with three more strong performances in the 400 medley relay its three teams took sixth, seventh and eighth place. Navy's top-finishing foursome of Anthony, Luke Hoffer, Steve Dukleth and Ingold posted a 3:20.98.
"It was a decent day for the team today and we feel like we had our best event at the end of the day in the 400 medley relay," said Roberts. "We really showed some depth in that event and had a lot of good splits.
"We're excited to be racing and looking forward to dropping more time tomorrow."
In the men's platform diving finals on Thursday, Wil Mayo and Joe Esposito led the way for Navy, finishing seventh (227.00) and eighth (218.65), respectively.
On the women's side, junior Laura Gorinski paced Navy's effort with a fifth-place finish in the 200 IM. A year after registering the program's second-fastest time in the 200 IM at the Nike Cup last season, Gorinski had another blazing time on Thursday as her 2:02.15 was good for the third-fastest time in program history.
Goriniski was later part of the 400 medley relay team, along with Kellie Darmody, Toni Paruso and Danielle Reminger, that placed sixth with a time of 3:49.08.
Navy's 200 freestyle relay team of Paruso, Darmody, Catherine Cortesio and Hollis Capuano finished seventh, clocking a 1:36.28.
Navy freshman Ange Sawick broke a string of four consecutive Tar Heel finishers in the 500 freestyle as she turned in a time of 4:52.19, which was .03 faster than Dani Siverling of UNC, who placed fifth.
"We're really pleased with our performance tonight against some tough competition," said Navy women's head coach John Morrison. "We came out and swam well in the morning and then again this evening. We'll be in a dogfight tomorrow and we'll keep charging."
The Nike Cup will resume on Friday morning with the preliminaries beginning at 10 a.m.