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PATRIOTLEAGUE.ORG Navy's Tom Duvall has the top time in the Patriot League in four different events this season.
Navy's Tom Duvall has the top time in the Patriot League in four different events this season.

Feb. 18, 2014

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Navy will host the 2014 Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships at Lejeune Hall from Wednesday-Saturday, with the Mids looking to defend their titles in both the men and women's competition.

The event opens up with the women's three-meter diving prelims on Wednesday at 2 p.m., with the finals of that event as well as the men and women's 200 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay events beginning in the evening at 6 p.m. There will be preliminary events beginning at 10:30 a.m. for each of the next three days, with finals starting at 6 p.m. each evening as the 10 men and women's teams compete for the 2014 Patriot League titles.

The entire 2014 Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships can be viewed for free on Patriot League Network, while fans can also follow Live Results. For a full schedule of events, go to Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships Central or read the Psych SheetGet Acrobat Reader

Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships Notebook
Coming off its second straight sweep at the Patriot League Swimming and Diving championships, Navy was named the favorite in both of the 2014 preseason polls.

Both Mid teams topped their respective voting with 160 points and 16 first-place votes. In the men's poll, League newcomer Boston University took second with 141 points and three first-place votes, while 2013 championship runner-up Army was third with 137 points and the last remaining first-place ballot. Bucknell (110), Lehigh (100), Loyola (68) American (60), Colgate (57), Lafayette (49) and Holy Cross (18) rounded out the men's balloting.

Just as in the men's poll, the Terriers claimed second in the women's balloting with 140 points and four first-place votes. Third place went to Bucknell with 127 points, while Colgate (113), Army (101), Lehigh (77), Loyola (76), Lafayette (49), American (39) and Holy Cross (18) completed the rankings.

Six Patriot League records were set in 2013-14, with five coming in one event from the Navy men. The Mids beat rival Army 196-104 on Dec. 12 with records set in the 100-yard breaststroke (Sean Murphy, 52.88), 200-yard breaststroke (Luke Hoffer, 1:54.31), 200-yard freestyle (Hugh Davison, 1:36.00), 500-yard freestyle (Tom Duvall, 4:17.27) and 200-yard medley relay (1:27.37). The other record in 2013-14 came on the women's side as Bucknell's Emma Levendoski swam the 100-yard backstroke in 54.27 at the Bucknell Invitational on Nov. 23. For all of the Patriot League overall and Championship records, go here

Navy dominated the top times from the Patriot League this season on the men's side as the Mids have a swimmer with the best time in 12 different events. Duvall (400 free, 500 free, 800 free, 1650 free), Davison (100 free, 200 free), Dain Bomberger (50 free), Alexander Nickell (1000 free), Brendan Walsh (100 back), Connor Campbell (200 back), Murphy (100 breast) and Hoffer (200 breast) all have top times in the Patriot League while the other events belong to Army's Sean Regan (100 fly, 200 fly) and Bucknell's Mike Nicholson (200 IM, 400 IM). Navy also has the top time in four relay events, with Boston University with the best mark in the 400 medley relay.

Navy has been just as dominant on the women's side with top times in the Patriot League in 11 of 16 individual swimming events. Charlotte Meyer (200 free, 200 IM, 400 IM), Olivia Morrell (50 free, 100 free) and Ellen Bradford (100 breast, 200 breast) hold the top marks in multiple events, while others include Alyssa Dilldine (400 free), Samantha Brennan (800 free, Rachael Dudley (1000 free) and Rheanna Vaughn (200 fly). Bucknell's Levendoski (100 back, 200 back) and Kelly Pontecorvo (500 free, 1650 free) have top times in multiple events, while Army's Ariana Bullard has the best mark in the 100 fly. Navy has the top time in the 200 free, 400 free and 200 medley relays, with Bucknell holding the best marks in the 800 free and 400 medley relays.

To view all of the top times in the Patriot League this season, go here and change conference to Patriot.

While Navy comes in as the favorite with most of the top times, Bucknell can take confidence from beating the Mids in both the men and women's competition this year. The Bison men topped the Mids 152-148 while the women won 159.5-140.5 over Navy when the teams met in Lewisburg on Nov. 9. The Bucknell women went a perfect 6-0 against Patriot League competition in 2013-14, while the Bison men were 5-1. Navy went 3-1 against League foes on both the men and women's side. Army had the best men's mark at 7-1 against League foes including a win over the Bison, while the BU women were 3-0 with two wins over the Black Knights.

Navy successfully defended its Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships last season by completing wire-to-wire leads in both the men's and women's competitions at Bucknell's Kinney Natatorium from Feb. 21-23. The Navy men won with 995.5 points, while the women won their second straight crown with 836 points.

Navy extended its own men's streak with its 10th straight championship, while taking over the overall lead on the men's side with the 10 crowns. Meanwhile, the Mids won their 12th women's title overall, their fourth in seven years and their first back-to-back titles since a run of six in a row from 1992-1997.

The women held an advantage over second-place Bucknell, which captured 670 points. Colgate was third with 655, while Army took fourth with 542 points. Fifth place went to Lehigh with 312 points, while Lafayette (185), Holy Cross (120) and American (117) finished out the women's standings.

Over on the men's side, Army captured second place with 734 points, while Bucknell claimed third with 543.5. Lehigh was fourth with 393.5 points, ahead of American in fifth with 270 and Colgate in sixth with 189. Lafayette secured seventh with 178 points, and Holy Cross had 133.5.

Navy seniors Justin Vagts and Laura Gorinski were named the Male and Female Swimmers of the Meet, respectively, while Duvall and Levendoski were the Rookie of the Year recipients. Army's Chris Nguyen and Bucknell's Katie Hetherington, now a junior for the Bison, were the Diver of the Meet winners.