Navy records Army sweep in Star Meet Swimming and Diving

ANNAPOLIS, Md. –– The Navy swimming and diving teams conducted an Army sweep Thursday night at Lejeune Hall in Annapolis. The women’s team (7-1) recorded a 230-70 victory for the 33rd straight win of the program over the Black Knights (3-5) and the men’s team (7-1) took a 158 victory. -142 to register the program’s 31st consecutive victory against Army (3-3).

The night’s results improve the Navy’s all-sports record in this year’s Army-Navy Star Series, presented by the USAA, to 8-1.

The women’s team topped 200 points against Army for the fourth time in the past five years. The only time in this half-decade that the Mids haven’t racked up 200 points was in the 2018-19 game where they totaled 199.5 points.

The men’s team have had their closest meeting in the series since claiming a 156.5-143.5 victory in the 2016-17 duel. Tonight three years ago (173) and five years ago are the only times in the past decade the Mids haven’t scored at least 190 points against Army.

“What an incredible environment,” said Navy women’s swimming head coach John Morrison. “We were so grateful to have had fans, families, alumni and aspirants at Lejeune Hall. It was awesome.

“We are very proud of our class of 2022. They are leading the way and really set the tone for the underclass.”

“I thought our guys were really good where they needed to be,” said the Navy men’s swimming head coach. Bill roberts. “We were hoping for a little more in some events, and if you miss a competition like this, you’re going to pay it in points.”

“As usual,” said Navy diving coach Rich MacDonald, “It was electric in Lejeune Hall all night. They saw a really exciting meeting. I’m super proud of the way we competed.”

The Navy men never followed suit, but neither did they have a comfortable lead. The Mids placed first and third in the opening 200 medley relay to take a 13-4 lead. The quartet of Caleb mauldin, Derek nguyen, Jonas Harm and Callen Aulizia clocked 1: 25.02 to win the race by almost three seconds and beat the Navy, Lejeune Hall and Patriot League record of 1: 25.28 and the standard of 1: 26.53.

A great race followed in the 1000 freestyle as a Navy’s Garrett mcgovern held the lead for most of the race only to lose it with around 250 yards to go. He came back strong on the last lap to win the race by three tenths of a second with a time of 8: 59.83. The Mids also placed third and fourth in the race to extend their lead to 27-9.

The margin quickly evaporated as the army took the top three places in the 200 freestyle to move 30 to 25 closer to the navy.

Mauldin, who put the team in the 200 IM relay to a considerable lead as the first swimmer in the water, had another excellent run in the 100 backstroke. He clocked a time of 45.82 to win the race by three seconds. An additional third place finish in the event gave the Navy a 42-32 lead.

Evan Zhang from the army pushed back the one from the navy Jonas Harm winning the 100 breaststroke by a tenth of a second (53.39-53.49). But with the second, third and fourth places of the Mids, the Black Knights gained only one point in the score of the team (51-42).

The 200 butterfly followed and the Mids placed first, second and third to extend their lead to 67-45. Ethan Tack won the race in 1: 44.70, with Patrick colwell second (1: 46.59) and Ben selnick finishing in third place (1: 47.78), more than two seconds ahead of the fourth place Army swimmer.

Army gained one more point over Navy as the Black Knights placed first and fifth in the 50 freestyle. However, the results of the one-meter dive saw the Army place first and second to score Navy 82, Army 68 halfway through the event. The Black Knights got even closer –– 86-83 –– when the second half of the competition began as they finished first, second and fourth in the 100 freestyle.

Mauldin managed to win a sweep of the backstroke events clocking a time of 1: 43.70 to win the 200 backstroke by 1.7 seconds. The Mids scored two more spots in the event to take a 100-88 lead. But it was 104-103 after Army placed first, second and fourth in the 200 breaststroke.

The Navy gained one point (114-112) over the Army after Everet André won the 500 freestyle with a time of 4: 22.92, then the Mids placed first, second and third in an event for the second time in the competition as a Jonas Harm, Colwell and Selnick won the top three places (47.32, 47.82, 48.71) in the 100 butterfly. This gave the Navy a 130-115 advantage.

The second dive event ended and he saw George moore won the three-meter springboard with a score of 325.35 and Zach Peng finished third (312.55). The results pushed the lead to 142-122.

“It was a great result for George to win the three-meter,” said MacDonald. “It was an upheaval based on the scores posted before the competition. He dived very consistently and it was great for him to win the table.”

With the magic number for the team victory being 151 points, a victory for the Navy in the last individual event, the 200 IM, would ensure the result. That’s exactly what Tack did, leading from start to finish and winning by 1.32 seconds with his time of 1: 46.18.

“In the last few races,” said Tack, who knew what a win from him would do, “the guys kept coming up to me and saying, ‘You have to go really fast in the last race. “There was a little bit of pressure, but it didn’t hit me until after, when I was like, ‘If I had messed up there it would’ve been really bad. I just tried swimming my own race, I knew the two guys they had around me had just had the 200 breaststroke, so I really tried to push him on that leg of the race.

“The 1000 freestyle didn’t seem to be going our way,” said Roberts, thinking about key moments in the competition. “Seeing Garrett go that extra mile at the end was special and motivating for everyone. Caleb comes back with some impressive wins on the back. The guys in both butterfly events were electric. We expected big things there and they didn’t disappoint. Ethan was amazing. Certainly the three-meter dive was a big turnaround from the one-meter event. “

The army would beat the navy by 15 hundredths of a second to win the 400m freestyle relay in the last event of the evening.

Unlike the tight men’s result, the Women’s Navy team won 15 events and placed at least first and second in 11 events to comfortably extend the longest winning streak in Army history and Marine.

The tone was set in the opening race of the night as the Mids placed first (1: 39.79) and second (1: 41.26) in the 200 medley relay. The team of Megan Murphy, Riley gavigan, Sydney harrington and Sarah sorensen.

“Our first relay team was exceptional,” said Morrison. “The team continued to roll from there.”

The first individual event of the night saw Cameron Horner first (10: 03.05) and teammate Rachel schlemmer finish in second place (10: 06.20) in the 1000 free. Navy maintained cruising speed as Mids placed first, second, third and fourth in the 200 freestyle. Martine thomas was three seconds ahead of Gabi baldwin with his effort of 1: 45.13. This time broke the competition record of 1: 45.29 set by Thomas two years ago.

Lauren Carag of the Army won the 100m backstroke but this was followed by Navy first, second and third place in the 100m breaststroke. Riley gavigan took the win with his time of 1: 02.23, which gave him a six-tenths-of-a-second victory over sydney nude. Harrington won the next event, the 200 butterfly, in 1: 55.60. She won the race 4.5 seconds ahead of her teammate Grace Hastings. The last swimming event of the first half of the competition was the 50 freestyle. Sorensen fell just short of her own competition record (22.94) winning the race in 22.96.

The eighth and last event before the intermission saw Hannah montau score 329.10 points to win the three-meter by 36-point diving event and break competition (319.20), Navy and Patriot League records (326.85).

Sorensen earned his second victory in the sprint of the competition clocking a time of 50.81 to edge Sammie Edwards of the Army for the win by two hundredths of a second. After that close end, the Navy swimmers finished in the top four positions of the 200 backstroke. Baldwin won the race by 1.6 seconds with a time of 1: 58.05. Emily brockman followed by winning the 200 breaststroke by 1.14 seconds thanks to her effort of 2: 14.70. Then Thomas led another 1-2-3-4 in the Navy in the 500 freestyle as his time of 4: 49.36 gave him a seven-second advantage over Horner.

Harrington would win the second fly event of the night, the 100 fly, with a time of 52.37. She improved her teammate Caroline Irwin’s second place by 2.3 seconds. Montau followed with her second record effort of the competition as she scored 304.70 points to win the one-meter springboard by 37 points with a total of 304.70 points. This broke the competition record of 287.48, the Navy record of 296.70 (set 30 years ago by Stacia Johnson) and the league record of 303.40.

“It was a great night for Hannah, who broke all of these records,” said MacDonald. “And it was great to see Caroline turner displays scores that qualify her for the NCAA Zone Championship. “

Haley harris scored her first victory in an Army-Navy encounter as she hit the wall in front of the rest of the field in the 200 IM with her effort of 2: 02.16. Then Thomas’s Navy team, Sorensen, Brooke West and Harrington combined for a time of 3: 20.82 to win the 400 freestyle relay by four seconds.

Navy teams will host George Washington on Friday in two time trial sessions before taking final exams and vacations.

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