Swimming & Diving Teams to Compete at UMBC
ANNAPOLIS, Md. –– The Navy swimming and diving programs will take to the road for the first time this season when the Mids compete at UMBC Friday at 4 p.m. All four teams enter the second week of the campaign with 1-0 records.
The Navy women’s team opened its 2017-18 slate by tallying a 182.5-117.5 victory over East Carolina. Seven different Mids claimed an individual event victory against the Pirates, with Lauren Barber (Jr., New Wilmington, Pa.) and Delaney Walz (So., Mays Landing, N.J.) each winning a pair of races. Barber touched the wall first in both breaststroke races and Walz placed first in each of the butterfly events.
The Navy men’s program recorded a 193.5-98.5 win over East Carolina. The Mids totaled wins in all but one of the 16 events contested on the afternoon. Four members of the squad recorded first-place showings in multiple events. Joseph Jaime (Sr., San Antonio, Texas) won the 100 and 200 freestyle races, Ryan Waters (Fr., Basking Ridge, N.J.) won the 500 and 1000 free events, Brayden Lauffer (Jr., Apex, N.C.) won the 200 breast and 200 IM contests and Bradley Buchter (So., Hickory, N.C.) won both diving boards.
Barber, Lauffer and Buchter all earned weekly awards from the Patriot League for their respective efforts during the meet.
The UMBC teams are preparing to play host to Navy after sweeping Seton Hall last weekend. The school’s men’s team tallied a 167-128 victory and the women’s squad notched a 156-144 triumph. Afterward, members of the UMBC teams swept the two swimmer and two diver-of-the-week awards presented Monday in the America East Conference.
Both UMBC programs earned conference titles at the end of the 2016-17 season, with the men winning the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association championship and the women the America East crown. Each squad will be vying for America East titles this season.
“We are expecting nothing less than another super competitive meet with UMBC this Friday,” said Navy men’s swimming head coach Bill Roberts. “(UMBC head coach) Chad Cradock, his staff and their athletes are the reigning CCSA conference champions and will be ready to go against us especially after last year’s very close meet. We are looking to be technically sharp in the water and on the boards as well as be ready to compete.”
“Once again,” said Navy women’s swimming head coach John Morrison, “UMBC will prove to be a tall challenge for our team. Chad Cradock and his staff always have them prepared well to meet Navy, especially when they are competing against us at their place. We had some very solid performances across the board against ECU. Our training this past week has been good and is getting better as the week goes on. Our front-end aggressiveness and depth will need to be strong to stay with the Retrievers.”
Both Navy squads defeated UMBC during last year’s meet held in Lejeune Hall. The Navy men recorded a 152.5-147.5 victory and the Navy women posted a 167-128 win. The Mids combined to win 18 of the 32 events contested during the meet, with the women earning 11 event wins and the men seven.
Only a combined five event winners (out of 14 individual events) from the 2016 men’s meet return to their respective squads this season. Back for the Mids are Buchter, who won both diving boards, and Jac Cortright (So., Richmond, Va.), who won the 500 freestyle event. Returning for the Retrievers are Ilia Rattsev, who won the 200 freestyle event, and Philip Adejumo, the winner of the 100 butterfly race.
The majority of the athletes who won an event during the women’s meet a year ago will have the chance to defend their respective victories this season. This includes Navy’s multiple event winners Barber (100 & 200 free), Walz (100 & 200 fly), Maddie Runge (So., Cochranville, Pa.) (500 & 1000 free), and Madison Keiser (So., Southlake, Texas) (one & three-meter diving). The lone returning event winner for the Retrievers is Aleasha Knight, who won the 200 backstroke.