Jan. 24, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy swimming and diving teams will resume their respective seasons Saturday when both programs compete at Penn State in an 11 a.m. meet at McCoy Natatorium in University Park, Pa.
Navy's teams last competed in a meet two weeks ago when each suffered a loss to nationally-ranked North Carolina teams in Lejeune Hall. Those results dropped the record for the Navy men's team to 5-4 on the season and the women's mark to 6-2.
Penn State's men's team has posted a 3-2 record on the year and is ranked 19th in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association's national ranking. The Nittany Lions placed 17th at the 2012 NCAA Championship. On the women's side, Penn State has compiled a record of 4-2 this season, is ranked 14th nationally by the CSCAA and finished in 22nd place at last year's national championship.
This marks the second-consecutive season in which the Mids and the Nittany Lions will face each other. Navy emerged with a 155-145 victory over Penn State in last year's men's meet, while the Nittany Lions won a 237-63 decision over the Mids in the competition between the two women's teams a season ago.
"We are looking forward to competing with Penn State again," said Navy men's swimming head coach Bill Roberts. "They have a very fast and competitive team this year. We will have to be very, very good on Saturday for this meet to be close."
"We are excited to compete against a tough Penn State team," said Navy women's swimming head coach John Morrison. "Their women are swimming as fast as any team in the Big Ten and may challenge for the conference championship. There is no doubt that this will be another tough test for our team at this critical championship time of year."
Of the combined six losses by the Navy teams this season, four (Virginia, men and women; North Carolina (men and women) have come to teams that currently hold a national ranking from the CSCAA. Additionally, the Navy men's team lost to a Princeton team that received votes for a top-25 ranking.