Jan. 28, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The final week of the regular season for the Navy swimming and diving teams will be a busy one as the men's team will compete in three meets over a span of four days and the women's squad will take part in a pair of competitions over that same time frame.
The week begins with both teams playing host to Johns Hopkins Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. (this is a change from the originally scheduled time of 5 p.m.) in Lejeune Hall. Navy's men's team will then face Columbia Friday at 2 p.m. in the same venue. The week and regular season concludes Saturday with the Mids playing host to the Navy Invite starting at noon.
"This is an important week with the final round of competitions prior to the 2014 championship season," said Navy men's swimming head coach Bill Roberts. "Each swim, each dive, each effort matters this week."
Navy's men's team saw its record fall to 5-4 on the season with a 171-127 loss to Penn State on Saturday. The Mids entered the meet ranked 24th nationally, while the Nittany Lions were ranked 23rd.
Highlighting Navy's day were Tom Duvall (So., Durham, N.H.) and Ben Freedman (Sr., Kennewick, Wash.), who were tabbed as this week's Patriot League Swimmer and Diver of the week, respectively. Duvall posted a time of 4:31.05 to win the 500 free and touched the wall first in the 1000 free with a clocking of 9:19.89. He would win the two events by a combined 3.54 seconds. Freedman would win the one meter and place second on the three meter during the meet. He tallied 331.73 points to win the one meter by six-tenths of a point and posted a score of 334.65 to finish 20.78 points in back of the winner on the three meter.
The Navy women's team also fell to the Nittany Lions. Penn State, the No. 17 team in the country, posted a 193-99 victory over the Mids, who are now 4-4 on the season with the setback.
The men's team at Johns Hopkins has tallied a 6-0 record in dual meets this season, while the school's women's program will bring a 5-1 record with it to The Yard. Navy narrowly edged the Blue Jays, 130.5-129.5, one year ago in the men's meet between the teams, while the Mids won the women's meet against the Blue Jays last year by the score of 127-93.
Columbia has defeated a pair of Patriot League teams this season in Army and Bucknell on its way to posting a 5-2 record. The Lions recorded a 178-122 win over Navy last year in New York.
Saturday's meet features swimmers and divers from Navy, American, Army, Bucknell, Lafayette, Lehigh, Shippensburg and the Naval Academy Aquatics Club senior group competing as individuals without team scoring. There will be a total of 34 events contested during the meet.
Navy will then prepare to play host to both the Feb. 19-22 Patriot League Championship as well, as the Feb. 28-March 2 ECAC Championship.