Nov. 2, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy swimming and diving teams will close out a three-week stretch of meets this weekend when the Mids travel to our nation's capital to compete against American and Bucknell. The diving events between the three teams will begin Friday at 8 p.m., with the swimming events starting Saturday at Noon.
This weekend's meet was originally slated to be contested at Lafayette and include both of the host school's programs. However, the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the Easton, Pa., area has forced the meet to be moved to Washington, D.C., and the Leopards unable to take part in the event.
Navy enters the meet after both of its teams dropped decisions to Virginia last week in Charlottesville, Va. The loss for the women's team was the first of the season in four meets for the squad, while the men's team has now split its four meets this fall.
Both American teams have won their lone respective meet of the season, the Bucknell men's team is 1-1 this year and its women's squad is 0-2 on the young campaign
The Navy women's team posted victories last season over both American (179-100) and Bucknell (160-129). Laura Gorinski (Sr., Greensburg, Pa.), Kellie Darmody (Sr., Charlotte, N.C.) and Ange Sawick (So., Abington, Pa.) each won multiple events during last year's meet that also included Lafayette. Gorinski won both breaststroke events and the 200 individual medley, Darmody swept the two backstroke races and Sawick won both the 200 and 800 freestyle events.
Also picking up an individual event victory a year ago were Haley Nowak (Jr., Manassas, Va.) in the 800 freestyle, Rheanna Vaughn (Jr., Aliso Viejo, Calif.) in the 200 fly, Danielle Reminger (Sr., Wheaton, Ill.) in the 100 free and Toni Paruso (Sr., Savannah, Ga.) in the 100 fly.
"We are anxious to return to competition this weekend," said Navy women's swimming head coach John Morrison
. "Our meet last week at Virginia was a positive one for us, even with it being a loss. We saw some good things and want to build upon that this weekend. It is always an exciting and challenging meet when we go up against American and Bucknell and I expect Saturday to be the same type of day."
The Navy men's team also garnered a pair of wins in last season's meet against the Eagles (189-97) and the Bison (152.5-128.5). Luke Hoffer (Jr., Chapel Hill, N.C.) is one of six returning Mids who won an individual event during last year's meet between the teams, but he is the lone member of the current team to have won multiple events. Hoffer won both breaststroke events during the competition. The list of additional Mids who won an event include Riley Mita (So., Stevenson Ranch, Calif.), who won the 800 freestyle; Joe Esposito (So., Langhorne, Pa.), the winner of the three-meter diving board; Hugh Davison (Jr., Towson, Md.), who won the 100 free; Conor Campbell (Jr., Manassas, Va.), who won the 200 backstroke; and Wil Mayo (Jr., The Woodlands, Texas), the winner of the one-meter diving board.
"We are sorry to hear of the effects of Hurricane Sandy on Lafayette as well as its entire region and are praying for a successful recovery," said Navy men's swimming head coach Bill Roberts. "Also, we are very happy that Coach Mark Davin and American were able to organize the meet at their place on such short notice. We look forward to having the chance to compete within our league this weekend."