Nov. 5, 2009
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy swimming and diving teams will play host to American, Bucknell and Lafayette Saturday starting at 12 Noon in Lejeune Hall.
Both Navy teams enter the meet with identical 4-0 records on the year and after a weekend off from competition. Each of the American programs are 1-0 this season, the Bucknell women's team has posted a 3-0 record while its men's squad is 1-1 this year, and both of the Lafayette squads are 0-3 on the young campaign.
The two Navy teams recorded victories over the Eagles, the Bison and the Leopards last year in a meet held in Lewisburg, Pa. The men's competition saw Navy post a 190-67 win over American, a 159-124 victory over Bucknell and a 182-104 triumph over Lafayette. The Mids won 13 of the 16 events contested on the day, with returning athletes Erik Hunter (Jr., Placerville, Calif.), Adam Meyer (Sr., Bethesda, Md.) and Olaf Olson (Jr., Bainbridge Island, Wash.) all winning a pair of events for the Mids.
Hunter won the 500 and 1000 freestyle events, Meyer won the 200 fly and 400 individual medley races and Olson won both diving boards.
"With four league teams coming to town, we expect good racing to occur this weekend," said Navy men's swimming head coach Bill Roberts.
In the women's meet contested a year ago, Navy won a 191-100 decision over American, a 157-138 contest over Bucknell and a 197-98 meet over Lafayette. The Mids claimed victories in 11 of the 16 held events on the day, with Tara Chapmon (Sr., Virginia Beach, Va.), Mallory Dietrich (Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Thuy-Mi Dinh (Sr., Anaheim, Calif.) all winning multiple events.
Chapmon won the 500 free, 1000 free and 200 backstroke events, Dietrich placed first in the 100 fly and in both breaststroke races and Dinh won the two sprint freestyle races.
"This should be a great league test for our team," said Navy women's swimming head coach John Morrison. "All three teams have improved a great deal from last year and will provide a challenge for us. They all have put up some strong early season performances. I am looking forward to watching how our team races and maintains its competitive intensity over a four-hour period. We will need strong leadership to bring the intensity and motivate the team for the entire meet."
In addition to Saturday's meet, the members of the Navy diving teams will compete Friday at Drexel.