Three-Day Meets Ahead of Swimming & Diving Teams
ANNAPOLIS, Md. –– The Navy swimming and diving teams will take a break from the dual meet season this weekend when each participates in a three-day, multi-team meet. The men’s team will compete in the Purdue Invite in West Lafayette, Ind., and the women’s squad will travel to Piscataway, N.J., for the Frank Elm Invite hosted by Rutgers.
Both invitationals mirror the schedule Navy will see at the end of the year during the Patriot League Championship with trial heats in the morning and finals in the evening.
The Purdue Invite runs Thursday through Saturday at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center. Live results will be available for each session, with a video stream available for each evening session of finals. The live results are free, but there is a $10 charge to obtain the video stream. Links for both are available through NavySports.com.
Additional teams besides Navy and Purdue slated to compete at the meet are Indiana, Florida, Missouri State, Southern Illinois and Virginia Tech. A total of 13 Olympians –– a number that includes those competing in the women’s portion of the meet and international swimmers and divers –– will be in the pool this week. Team USA men’s medalists from the 2016 Olympic Games slated to be in competition include Steele Johnson (Purdue /Silver - synchronized 10-meter diving), Caeleb Dressel (Florida / Gold - 400 medley relay & 400 freestyle relay), Michael Hixson (Indiana / Silver - synchronized 3-meter diving) and Blake Pieroni (Indiana / Gold - 400 freestyle relay).
“This is going to be an extremely competitive invite this week,” said Navy men’s swimming head coach Bill Roberts. “It will be a terrific test of our abilities against some of the best competition in the NCAA.”
While this will be the first time the Navy men’s team will be competing at the Purdue Invite, the Navy women’s squad is entered into the Frank Elm Invite for the fourth year in a row. The Mids placed second in their initial trip to the meet contested in the Rutgers Aquatics Center in the fall of 2014, then claimed the team title in both 2015 and ‘16.
This year’s edition of the meet features a 10-team field of Columbia, James Madison, Liberty, LIU Post, Long Island Brooklyn, Central Connecticut State, Wagner and Northeastern, plus the host Scarlet Knights and the Mids.
Links to free live results from the meet that runs Friday through Saturday can be found at NavySports.com.
“It is difficult to replicate a championship meet schedule,” said Navy women’s swimming head coach. “That’s why competing in a meet like this is so beneficial for teams. The need to race fast in the morning and return to go faster in the evening is hard to practice. This meet goes a long ways in our preparation for the end of the year, as well as provide us with a strong gauge of where we currently stand in our training for the remainder of the dual meet season.”
Navy’s ensuing meet following the conclusion of this weekend’s invitationals will be the Dec. 7 Army-Navy meet in Lejeune Hall.