Oct. 22, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Expectations are once again high in Annapolis, Md., and preseason favorite Navy did not disappoint in its first meet of the season.
The Mids picked up a sweep at UMBC on Friday in their first competition of 2013-14. Originally Navy was set to open two weeks before but had that scheduled meet canceled because of the government shutdown.
Overall it was a successful weekend for League teams. Army and Bucknell joined Navy with victories on both the men’s and women’s sides, while American raced a strong unscored meet against Howard with 21 event victories and nine meet records, and Holy Cross swam at the New England Catholic Invitational. Crusader rookie Andrew Higgins won the men’s 200 breast to highlight the two-day meet.
Patriot League Notebook
THE WAITING IS (STILL) THE HARDEST PART
The opening weekend for a pair of Patriot League schools is finally just days away. Lehigh begins its 2013-14 slate with meets on consecutive days. First the Mountain Hawks head to West Chester on Friday before returning to Bethlehem, Pa., on Saturday for their home opener against Rider. Lafayette is also on the road for its first meet when the Leopards head to Baltimore for a quad competition at Loyola Maryland that includes Drexel and Seton Hall. The last team to open will be Colgate, which visits League foe Lehigh on Saturday, Nov. 2.
A FIRST FOR ARMY
NAVY GRINDS OUT WIN
Army swept Massachusetts at Crandall Pool in West Point, N.Y., on Saturday afternoon, marking the first time the women had picked up a victory since the series began during the 2005-06 season. The men posted a 197-97 victory, while the women won 163-137.
The preseason favorites had to wait two extra weeks before getting into the pool for the first time, but the Mids were able to grind out a sweep at UMBC on Friday. The men posted a 154.5-145.5 victory, while the women were victorious 163-137. Jonathan DeBaugh and Tom Duvall both won a pair of events to pace the men, while Lauren Baguley and Rachael Dudley were double winners on the women’s side.
EAGLES WIN 21 AGAINST HOWARD
Competing in its third meet in as many weeks, several swimmers and divers put together strong performances for American as it raced Howard on Friday in Washington. Junior Melissa Parker swept the boards while senior Matt Wurm set the meet record by winning the 200-yard free in 1:44.18. After taking 21 events and setting nine meet records against the Bison, the Eagles take a well-deserved break from competition for two weeks before returning to the pool in a quad meet at Bucknell that also includes Lafayette and Navy.
ROOKIES SHINE IN BUCKNELL WIN
Freshmen Louis Behnen and Rachel McGoff combined for five individual race wins as Bucknell swept George Washington on Saturday afternoon in Washington. Behnen tallied wins in the 1,000 free, 200 back and 500 free, while McGoff touched first in the 100 and 200 free races. She also swam the final leg of Bucknell’s victorious 400 free relay that helped clinched a 140-122 win for the Bison. The men topped the Colonials by a 165-91 score. The Bison are back home to host Pittsburgh on Saturday.
BACK TO LEJEUNE
Bucknell and Navy continue to trade off hosting duties for the Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships, with the Mids taking the honors in 2014. Lejeune Hall will serve as the site of the newly-expanded 10-team championship from Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 19-22 in Annapolis, Md.
MORE TEAMS, ANOTHER DAY
The Patriot League’s expansion to 10 schools with the additions of Boston University and Loyola Maryland means that the swimming and diving championships will grow also. What has traditionally been a three-day meet spanning Thursday to Saturday will expand to four starting with the 2014 edition hosted in Annapolis, Md. While the exact order of events has yet to be officially announced, the duration of the championship increases by one day with festivities beginning on Wednesday.
NAVY TOPS PRESEASON POLLS
Coming off its second straight sweep at the Patriot League Swimming and Diving championships, Navy was named the favorite in the 2013 preseason poll of the head coaches and sports information directors who could not cast ballots for their own teams.
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 came in fourth with 110 points, with Lehigh close behind with 100 points to take fifth. The League’s second newcomer, Loyola Maryland, finished sixth in the men’s voting with 68 points, while American (seventh, 60 points), Colgate (eighth, 57), Lafayette (ninth, 49) and Holy Cross (10th, 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 claimed fourth with 113. Army eclipsed the century mark in points to claim fifth in the poll with 101. The rest of the poll featured Lehigh (sixth, 77 points), Loyola (seventh, 76), Lafayette (eighth, 49), American (ninth, 39) and Holy Cross (10th, 18).
Patriot League Swimming and Diving Weekly Awards (10.14-10.20)
MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
JONATHAN DeBAUGH, NAVY So., Conroe, Texas
DeBaugh swept the butterfly races for the first time in his career in Navy’s 154.5-145.5 win at UMBC on Friday in the Mids’ first competition of the season. The sophomore collected his first career win in the 100-yard fly in 50.63 and added gold in the 200 fly with a time of 1:52.99. DeBaugh accounted for two of Navy’s seven event wins on the day, and was one of two swimmers to win a pair of races. He was also part of a pair of second-place relay outings.
FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
LAUREN BAGULEY, NAVY Sr., Hudsonville, Mich.
Baguley picked up her first career dual-meet backstroke wins on Friday as Navy captured a 163-137 victory at UMBC. The senior touched the wall in 58.72 to grab gold in the 100-yard back, and captured the win in the 200 back in 2:06.28. She also helped Navy pick up points by competing in a second-place 200 medley relay foursome, while swimming the fourth leg of the Mids’ fifth-place 400 free relay team.
MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
WIL MAYO, NAVY Sr., The Woodlands, Texas
In his first outing of the season, Mayo took home first place from the one-meter board with 279.97 points to help the Mids post a 154.5-145.5 victory at UMBC on Friday. It was his sixth career victory from the one-meter board. In the three-meter competition, Mayo scored 254.70 points to take third against the Retrievers.
FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
MELISSA PARKER, AMERICAN Jr., Livermore, Calif.
Parker picks up her first weekly award of the season after sweeping both boards in the Eagles’ unscored meet on Friday against D.C.-rival Howard. She set a meet record by scoring 244.80 points from the three-meter board and added another first-place showing by taking the one-meter competition with 221.55 points. In all, the Eagles won 21 events against Howard and set nine meet records.
MATT WURM, AMERICAN Sr., Sudbury, Mass.
Set the meet record in the 200 free with a winning time of 1:44.18 in American’s unscored meet with Howard.
PARIS WOOD, AMERICAN So., Walnut Creek, Calif.
Won the 100 back in a meet-record 1:00.51 and was part of another record-setting foursome that captured gold in the 200 medley relay (1:54.01). Also touched the wall first in 24.72 in the 50 free.
LOUIS BEHNEN, BUCKNELL Fr., Overland Park, Kan.
Won three races in the Bison’s 165-91 win at George Washington. Set the third-fastest time in program history in the 1,000-yard free (9:36.33), while adding wins in the 200 back and 500 free.
RACHEL McGOFF, BUCKNELL Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio
Swam the final leg of the meet-clinching 400 free relay to give Bucknell a 140-122 win at George Washington (3:35.77; 52.78 final leg). Also won the 100 and 200 frees in 53.72 and 1:55.34, respectively, while taking second in the 50 free (24.90).
ANDREW HIGGINS, HOLY CROSS Fr., New Canaan, Conn.
Led the Crusaders with a first-place finish in the 200 breast (2:16.54) in the New England Catholic Invitational in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
JULIE JESSE, NAVY So., Goshen, Ind.
Won the one-meter board with 226.35 points in Navy’s 163-137 win at UMBC on Friday. Also took third from the three-meter board (197.62).