Jan. 29, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy swimming and diving teams will both be in competition this week. The women's team will play host to Johns Hopkins Wednesday at 5 p.m. before taking part in the Bison Invite Saturday in Lewisburg, Pa. Meanwhile, the men's squad will face Columbia Friday at 2 p.m. in New York.
Both programs enter the week after suffering losses to Penn State. The women's team (6-3) fell 185-107 to the No. 14 Nittany Lions, while the men (5-5) dropped a 188-112 decision to No. 19 Penn State.
Johns Hopkins has posted a 7-1 record this season, one year after the Blue Jays placed sixth at the NCAA Division III National Championship.
Navy tallied a 137-76 win over Johns Hopkins last season in Lejeune Hall.
Live results from Wednesday's 13-event meet between the Mids and the Blue Jays can be found at NavySports.com.
Saturday's Bison Invite, which begins at 10 a.m. and features two sessions of events, will help the Mids acclimate themselves to the pool that will be used for the Feb. 21-23 Patriot League Championship. It also will be the final competition of the regular season for the Mids.
"This is our last week of competition before the championship portion of our season begins," said Navy women's swimming head coach John Morrison, "so it is important that we continue to build upon our recent performances and not let up at all. Johns Hopkins is one of the top Division III programs in the country and are very well coached, so it is always a benefit for us to compete against them at this time of year. Then we will be able to test our depth and where we stand in relation to the rest of the league Saturday at Bucknell."
Columbia's men's team has compiled a 5-2 record this season. Included in the wins for the Lions this season have been victories over Army and Bucknell, two teams the Mids also have defeated.
Navy won a 156-136 decision over Columbia last season. The win was the fifth in a row for the Mids against the Lions.
"Columbia is very competitive this year," said Navy men's swimming head coach Bill Roberts
. "They consistently have been putting up a strong lineup for each competition."