Swimming and Diving Teams Home this Weekend
ANNAPOLIS, Md. –– The Navy men’s swimming and diving team will play host to Columbia Friday at 2 p.m. in Lejeune Hall in the final dual meet of the season for the Mids. Navy enters the meet with a 9-2 record on the year and the Lions travel to Annapolis with a 6-2 record.
Additionally, the Navy men’s and women’s programs will play host to the Navy Invite Saturday at noon. The meet features American, Bucknell, Georgetown, Lafayette and Shippensburg competing in a non-scoring (neither team nor individual) format.
“Columbia enters Lejeune Hall with one of its most complete teams in recent years,” said Navy men’s swimming head coach Bill Roberts. “We have had some terrific meets with the Lions and are expecting the same this Friday.”
Columbia has won each of its last three meets, a span that includes a 157-84 victory over Bucknell.
The home team in the Navy-Columbia series has posted a 9-2 record in the last 11 seasons. The Mids have won each of the last five duals between the teams that have been contested in Lejeune Hall.
Last year’s meet saw the Lions record a 167-131 victory over the Mids in New York City. Columbia returns all but one of its swimmers and divers who combined to win 10 individual events in that 2017 meet, while Navy’s lone returning event winner is diver Bradley Buchter (So., Hickory, N.C.) who won the three-meter board.
The Navy Invite consists of a combined 34 swimming and diving events. The meet gets underway at noon with the 200 freestyle relay events. There will be a 30-minute break halfway through the slate.
“The Navy Invite is an excellent opportunity to race and compete one final time prior to our championship meets,” said Roberts. “We have a big team agenda ahead of ourselves on Saturday.”
“The Navy Invite is a good final tuneup for us prior to the start of our championship season,” said Navy women’s swimming head coach John Morrison. “We will host several Patriot League teams as well as some non-conference programs on Saturday. The format allows our team to compete in their third or fourth-best event, which will help us make some final decisions heading into championships. It will be an awesome day of racing!”
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