Last double encounters of the season in front of the swimming and diving teams
ANNAPOLIS, Md. –– The Navy swim and dive teams will resume their respective seasons this weekend when the Mids face off in Princeton on Friday at 5 p.m. The Navy men’s team will remain on the road for a 1 p.m. meeting Saturday at Columbia.
This weekend will mark the final meetings of the dual competition season for both Navy teams.
Princeton and Columbia fan participation is limited to a roster submitted in advance by Navy coaches. Each school has COVID protocols that must be followed before roster fans are allowed into the venue. These requirements include, but are not limited to, providing proof of full vaccination and wearing a mask during competition.
Friday’s game against the Tigers will be streamed via ESPN+.
Navy Men (7-1)
The Mids will be competing for the first time since losing Army, 158-142, on Dec. 9. Navy has never trailed the Black Knights, but has never held a comfortable lead either. The Mids led by one point, 104-103, before a strong close allowed Navy to pass the decisive 151-point number heading into the final 400m freestyle relay.
Navy Women (7-1)
Navy won all but one of the 16 events and placed at least first and second in 11 events to defeat Army, 230-70, in the Mids’ last meeting. Diver Hannah Montau (Sr., Germantown, Md.) had one of the best performances of the day for the Mids against the Black Knights. She won both diving events and in doing so broke the competition, Navy and Patriot League records on every board.
Princeton Men (5-0)
The Tigers have won victories this season against Brown, Dartmouth, Columbia, Penn and Cornell.
Princeton holds a 69-25 all-time series advantage with Navy, dating back to the 1914-15 season.
The Mids defeated the Tigers, 171-129, on Jan. 4, 2020, at Annapolis in what was the most recent duel between the teams. Navy has recorded wins over Princeton four times in the last 11 meetings, with three of the team’s losses in that span being decided by a total of 12 runs.
Princeton Women (5-0)
Princeton has recorded dual competition victories this year against Brown, Dartmouth, Rutgers, Penn and Cornell.
Navy and Princeton have met in a double meet only once before this weekend. The Tigers picked up a 190-101 victory over the Mids on November 22, 1997, in a hard-fought meeting at Rutgers.
Colombia Men (2-3)
The Lions beat Penn and Yale this year and lost to Princeton, Harvard and Brown. Columbia will swim the Army on Friday before hosting the Navy on Saturday.
Navy leads the all-time series with Columbia, 65-26. Prior to the 2020-21 COVID season, the teams had met every year from the 1977-78 season through the 2019-20 campaign. The teams also played each other every year from 1926-27 to 1969-70.
The Mids recorded a 200-100 win over the Lions on January 31, 2020 in what was the long-time rivals’ last meeting.