Navy Posts Impressive Sweep of Army in Swimming & Diving
Dec. 12, 2013
The Navy swimming and diving teams extended the two longest winning streaks in Army-Navy history by sweeping the Black Knights before an overflow crowd in Lejeune Hall Thursday night in Annapolis. The Navy women's team (4-2) recorded a 216-84 win over Army (2-3), while the Navy men (4-2) posted a 196-104 victory over the Black Knights (3-2).
Navy's women's team has now defeated its counterparts in each of the last 25 seasons, which is the longest winning streak by any team in any sport in Army-Navy history. Meanwhile, the Navy men's team moved into second place for the longest winning streak with their 23rd consecutive win.
Navy's two teams combined to win 27 of the 32 events, place first and second in 10 events and first, second and third in four events. Additionally, Navy broke 19 meet records, four Lejeune Hall records -- one of which was held by Michael Phelps -- and five Patriot League records.
"I'm overwhelmed," said Navy men's swimming head coach Bill Roberts. "That's the only way I can put it. We always hope and expect to do well in this meet, but both the men and the women just took control of this meet right from the bat. It was fun to watch."
"It is just incredible," said Navy women's swimming head coach John Morrison. "An incredible team effort. When the team comes together and lays it out on the line for their teammates, some amazing things happen. Tonight was one of those occurrences. It was spectacular, from the first event to the last. No one was doing it for themselves, but for each other."
Lejeune Hall seats 1,000 fans, and those stands were more than filled through the majority of the meet.
"The atmosphere in here tonight, in my over 20 years of coaching, was the best," said Roberts. "I have never seen this at a dual meet. It was loud, and I think people appreciated the good swimming that was going on, and the great diving they saw. We can't thank enough the athletic department, the Brigade, all of the support that went into this meet beforehand and then tonight. It was great to see."
"It was absolutely electric in here, from start to finish," said Morrison. "We thank the support of all the mids, the families that flew in for this, along with a big alumni contingent. The feeling in here was one of the most electric events I have been at, from NCAAs to anyplace. It was phenomenal, and that led to a lot of big swims, by both us and Army. Army had some incredible times, and we were fortunate to stay ahead of them."
Thursday's meet was the first Army-Navy meet held in Lejeune Hall to be contested in short-course yards as opposed to short-course meters, which Navy holds all of its other meets in. This is due to a new rule passed by the Patriot League's coaches that states the visiting team determines the length of the pool. This is in contrast to the NCAA rule that says the home team determines the pool's dimensions.
The springboard to Navy's big night -- for both teams -- took place in the very first event of the meet, the women's 200 medley relay. The Mids would not only claim first place in the race with a meet-record time of 1:42.53, they also finished in second place with a clocking of 1:42.70. Army would place third in the race with a time of 1:42.95.
"On paper, it looked like Army had a stronger back half of the medley relay," said Morrison, "and we didn't have enough to get out too far on them heading into the last half. We had Army picked to win the relay, so to finish first and second was just a fantastic moment for us and really set the tone for the remainder of the meet."
Navy's men's team followed by placing first -- in a meet, pool and league record time of 1:27.37 -- and third (1:28.41) in the 200 medley relay to help both teams jump out to early leads.
Those two wins were the first pair of 11-consecutive victories recorded by Navy swimmers. In the women's meet, Rachael Dudley (So., Hoschton, Ga.), 9:55.04, and Sara Lopez (Fr., Lenexa, Kan.), 10:09.80, placed first and second in the 1000 free, Charlotte Meyer (Fr., Bethesda, Md.), 1:49.13, and Maddi Thompson (So., Jersey Shore, Pa.), 1:49.18, were 1-2 in the 200 free, then Anna Brooks (Fr., Kansasville, Wis.), 54.63, and Lauren Baguley (Sr., Hudsonville, Mich.), 54.85, placed first and second in the 100 back. Each of the three respective victories set new meet records.
The Mids would then claim the top-four finishers in the 100 breaststroke, with Ellen Bradford (So., Knoxville, Tenn.) leading the way with a winning time of 1:02.61. Rheanna Vaughn (Sr., Aliso Viejo) won the 200 fly for the Mids in a time of 1:58.43 to break her own meet record, then Olivia Morrell (Fr., Albuquerque, N.M.) won the 50 free for the Mids.
"We just kept the momentum going," said Morrison. "We have had some difficulties with health in the distance events this year, but to have Rachael not only win the 1,000 but also come back 15 minutes later to place third in the 200 fly was a tough double. Then our 200 free swimmers swam lights out and we stepped up in the 100 backstroke and dropped a ton of time."
On the men's side, Alex Nickell (So., Loveland, Colo.), 9:10.64, and Noah Martin (So., Phoenix, Ariz.), 9:11.07, were the top two finishers in the 1000 free, Hugh Davison (Sr., Towson, Md.), 1:36.00, and Riley Mita (Jr., Stevenson Ranch, Calif.), 1:36.46, placed first and second in the 200 free, then Brendan Walsh (Jr., Annapolis, Md.), 48.37, and Joe Lane (Fr., Durham, N.H.), 48.64, led the swimmers in the 100 back. Nickell and Walsh set new meet records with their winning times, while Davison broke the meet, pool and Patriot League record with his clocking.
One of the more noteworthy swims in the first half of the meet took place in the men's 100 breaststroke. Sean Murphy (Sr., Hudson, Ohio) won the event for Navy with a time of 52.88. That clocking broke the previous meet (55.33) and league (53.77) records, as well as the Lejeune Hall standard of 53.75 that was established by Michael Phelps three years and two days ago.
"Hugh's race was big in that he had to come from behind, as did Riley," said Roberts. "That, with being a couple of events in, guys knew good things were coming. By the time we got to the 100 breaststroke, Sean was going to go fast, but I don't think anybody thought he would go that fast. It is a cliche, but one just feeds off of the results of another."
After Army's Sean Rogan won the 200 fly, Dain Bomberger (Jr., Lititz, Pa.) picked up the win for Navy in the 50 free with a time of 19.75. That clocking broke the meet record and just missed tying by one one-hundredth of a second the pool and league record.
Rounding out the first half of the meet was Navy winning the women's three meter and men's one meter diving boards. Julie Jesse (So., Edwardsburg, Mich.) won the women's event with a score of 248.25, while Ben Freedman (Sr., Kennewick, Wash.) won the three meter with a score of 326.55.
Navy swimmers would win each of the next six events. Morrell led a 1-2-3 Navy finish in the women's 100 free (50.22, meet record) with Davison winning the men's race (44.26, meet record). Meyer earned her second win of the day as she claimed the 200 back (1:58.08, meet record), which was followed by Conor Campbell (Sr., Manassas, Va.) winning the men's edition of the race (1:45.78, meet record). Bradford made it a sweep of the breaststroke events with her win in the 200 (2:14.43) before Luke Hoffer (Sr., Chapel Hill, N.C.) won the men's 200 breast (1:54.31) in a new meet, pool and league record.
The Mids would win just one of the next four races -- Tom Duvall (So., Durham, N.H.) posted a time of 4:17.27 to win the 500 free by 10 seconds and set a new meet, pool and league record -- but Navy then won five of the remaining six events during the meet. Jesse won the one-meter board with a score of 237.83, while Freedman won the three meter with a tally of 326.55 points, Meyer won the 200 individual medley (2:01.80) and both Navy teams set meet records in winning the 400 freestyle relay races.
Navy's teams are now off from competition until early January.
200 Medley Relay - 1:42.53 - Navy - Anna Brooks, Ellen Bradford, Rheanna Vaughn, Maddie Thompson (New Meet Record: 1:47.71, Navy, 12/8/11)
1000 Freestyle - 9:55.04 - Rachael Dudley, Navy (New Meet Record: 10:01.95, Ange Sawick, Navy, 12/8/11)
200 Freestyle - 1:49.13 - Charlotte Meyer, Navy (New Meet Record: 1:49.26, Tara Chapmon, Navy, 12/4/08)
100 Backstroke - 54.63 - Anna Brooks, Navy (New Meet Record: 55.61, Kellie Darmody, Navy, 12/8/11)
100 Breaststroke - 1:02.61 - Ellen Bradford, Navy
200 Butterfly - 1:58.43 - Rheanna Vaughn, Navy (New Meet Record: 1:58.83, Rheanna Vaughn, 12/6/12)
50 Freestyle - 23.03 - Olivia Morrell, Navy
3M Diving - 248.25 - Julie Jesse, Navy
100 Freestyle - 50.22 - Olivia Morrell, Navy (New Meet Record: 51.11, Thuy-Mi Dinh, Navy, 11/30/06)
200 Backstroke - 1:58.08 - Charlotte Meyer, Navy (New Meet Record: 1:58.67, Kellie Darmody, Navy, 12/8/11)
200 Breaststroke - 2:14.43 - Ellen Bradford, Navy
500 Freestyle - 4:54.38 - Danielle Nuszkowski, Army
100 Butterfly - 53.66 - Ariana Bullard, Army (New Meet Record: 54.22, Toni Paruso, Navy, 12/6/12)
1M Diving - 237.83 - Julie Jesse, Navy
200 Individual Medley - 2:01.80 - Charlotte Meyer, Navy
400 Freestyle Relay - 3:23.08 - Navy - Olivia Morrell, Jessi Ford, Kenzie Margroum, Maddie Thompson (New Meet Record: 3:26.57, Navy, 12/8/11)
200 Medley Relay - 1:27.37 - Navy - Brendan Walsh, Sean Murphy, Jonathan DeBaugh, Dain Bomberger (New Meet Record: 1:29.31, Navy, 12/6/12; New Lejeune Hall and Patriot League Record: 1:27.97, Navy, 2/24/12)
1000 Freestyle - 9:10.64 - Alex Nickell, Navy (New Meet Record: 9:12.58, Justin Vagts, Navy, 12/9/10)
200 Freestyle - 1:36.00 - Hugh Davison, Navy (New Meet and Patriot League Record: 1:37.18, Mac Anthony, Navy, 12/9/10)
100 Backstroke - 48.37 - Brendan Walsh, Navy (New Meet Record: 49.27, Brendan Walsh, 12/6/12)
100 Breaststroke - 52.88 - Sean Murphy, Navy (New Meet Record: 55.33, Sean Murphy, Navy, 12/6/12; New Lejeune Hall Record: 53.75, Michael Phelps, NBAC, 12/10/10; New Patriot League Record: 53.77, Dominick Szabo, American, 3/28/03)
200 Butterfly - 1:47.12 - Sean Rogan, Army
50 Freestyle - 19.75 - Dain Bomberger, Navy (New Meet Record: 20.25, Joe Novak, Army, 12/4/98)
1M Diving - 316.50 - Ben Freedman, Navy
100 Freestyle - 44.26 - Hugh Davison, Navy (New Meet Record: 44.76, Zach Ingold, Navy, 12/6/12)
200 Backstroke - 1:45.81 - Conor Campbell, Navy (New Meet Record: 1:48.14, Conor Campbell, Navy, 12/9/10)
200 Breaststroke - 1:54.31 - Luke Hoffer, Navy (New Meet Record: 1:58.87, Luke Hoffer, 12/9/10; New Lejeune Hall Record: 1:57.35, Chase Kalisz, NBAC; New Patriot League Record: 1:57.13, Luke Hoffer, 2/23/13)
500 Freestyle - 4:17.27 - Tom Duvall, Navy (New Meet Record: 4:27.46, Erik Hunter, Navy, 12/4/08; New Lejeune Hall Record: 4:20.72, Dan Madwed, NBAC, 3/1/08; New Patriot League Record: 4:18.56, Erik Hunter, Navy, 2:19.09)
100 Butterfly - 48.33 - Sean Rogan, Army (New Meet Record: 48.40, Ayman Andrews, Army, 12/6/12)
3M Diving - 326.55 - Ben Freedman, Navy
200 Individual Medley - 1:50.03 - Samuel Mo, Army
400 Freestyle Relay - 2:58.45 - Navy - Tom Duvall, Dan Bowden, Dain Bomberger, Hugh Davison (New Meet Record: 2:58.62, Navy, 12/9/10)