Oct. 18, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy swimming and diving teams will resume their respective seasons Friday when the Mids travel to Baltimore to compete against UMBC. The meet being contested at the UMBC Aquatic Complex is slated to start at 4 p.m.
UMBC will be providing a video stream of the meet. A link to the stream, which can be purchased for $6.95, can be found at NavySports.com.
Friday's meet will feature two of the top swimming programs in the region. Both Navy teams won 2012 Patriot League titles and were tabbed as the favorites to sweep the league crowns again this year. Meanwhile, each UMBC team placed second to Boston University at the 2012 America East Conference championship and both were picked to move up one spot in the standings this year (Boston University's teams are ineligible to compete for the 2013 conference title due to the school's impending move to the Patriot League for the 2013-14 season).
Navy's men's team won 14 events against UMBC when the teams met one year ago to emerge with a 157-132 victory. It was Navy's seventh consecutive victory in the series and fifth in a row for the Mids at the UMBC Aquatics Complex. Navy would win all but the 100 back and one-meter diving events on the day and this year return six of the eight Mids who claimed an individual event victory. Multiple event winners for Navy one year ago who return this year are Justin Vagts (Sr., Crofton, Md.), who won the 500 and 1000 freestyle races, and Luke Hoffer (Jr., Chapel Hill, N.C.), who swept the breaststroke events. Other winners of an event for the Mids last year were Robbie Parker (Sr., Vienna, Va.), 50 free; Zach Ingold (Jr., Hornell, N.Y.), 100 free; Ben Freedman (Jr., Kennewick, Wash.), three-meter diving; and Joseph Stark (Sr., Erie, Pa.), 200 individual medley.
UMBC returns both of its athletes who won an event against Navy last season. Johan Rohtla will look to win the 100 backstroke again, while Andrew Eckhoff is back after winning the one-meter diving board.
"We look forward to getting in some quality racing and competition with UMBC this Friday night," said Navy men's swimming head coach Bill Roberts.
The Navy women's team ran its winning streak against UMBC to six in a row -- and three straight road wins for the Mids -- with a narrow 150-144 win over the Retrievers last season. The Mids won 10 events on the day, including six of the last seven, to come away with the road victory. Returning Navy swimmers Ange Sawick (So., Abington, Pa.), Laura Gorinski (Sr., Greensburg, Pa.) and Kellie Darmody (Sr., Charlotte, N.C.) each won a pair of individual events last season. Sawick won the 200 and 500 freestyle races, Gorinski took the 200 breast and 200 individual medley events and Darmody swept the two backstroke races. Additionally for Navy, Katie Davidson (Sr., Geneva, Fla.) won the 1000 freestyle race and Toni Paruso (Sr., Savannah, Ga.) won the 100 fly contest.
UMBC's Talor Tadena won the 100 breast race against the Mids last year while Jennifer Kotanias was the winner of the 200 fly event.
"We had a tough meet against UMBC a year ago," said Navy women's swimming head coach John Morrison, "one that was not decided until the final race of the day. We expect the same close meet again this season. UMBC provides an excellent challenge for us at this time of the year. We know we will need to swim fast and dive well Friday."
Both UMBC teams have defeated Rider this season, with the school's women's team also losing a meet to James Madison.
The Navy programs successfully opened their respective seasons by posting victories over Loyola and George Mason two weeks ago.
The Navy men's team won 13 events on its way to recording a 184-104 win over Loyola and a 155-134 victory over George Mason. A trio of Mids came away with multiple victories on the day. Ingold won the 100 and 200 freestyle races, Freedman won both diving boards and Thomas Duvall (Fr., Durham, N.H.) won the 500 and 1000 freestyle events.
The Navy women's squad won all 16 events to defeat Loyola by the score of 196-95 and George Mason by the count of 192-96. Four Mids emerged from the meet having won a pair of individual events. Danielle Reminger (Sr., Wheaton, Ill.) won the 100 and 200 freestyle events, Darmody won the 100 back and 200 individual medley races, Ellen Bradford (Fr., Knoxville, Tenn.) won both breaststroke events and Rachael Dudley (Fr., Hoschton, Ga.) was the winner of the 200 fly and 500 freestyle events.