Dec. 17, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – The schedule heads into its usual light period the week before Christmas as student-athletes finish up final exams and earn an opportunity to relax with family and friends over the holidays.
The only action last week was the annual Army-Navy meet that takes place two days before the academies square off in football. The Mids combined to win 27 of 32 events in sweeping the Black Knights by scores of 216-84 on the women’s side and 196-104 on the men’s. The Navy women have won 25 straight meets with Army and the Mid men 23 in a row in the series. In addition, five League records were broken during the competition.
The schedule is clear through the Christmas holiday. American is the next team scheduled to compete on Dec. 28 at XV Ciudad de San Sebastien in Spain. After that the next meets are scheduled for 2014. Army is slated to head to the Copa Coqui in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Jan. 3. Three schools are set for Jan. 4, when Boston University heads to Williams, the Navy men host Princeton, the Bucknell men entertain Columbia and the Bison women are home for Rutgers.
The second weekend of January boasts a pair of dual meet showdowns between League foes. Army hosts Lehigh on Jan. 10 and welcomes Bucknell on Jan. 11.
Patriot League Notebook
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
NAVY TOPS PRESEASON POLLS
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.
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
MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
HUGH DAVISON, NAVY Sr., Chapel Hill, N.C.
Davison became just the third Navy men’s swimmer and first since the 1966-67 season to sweep both the 100 and 200 freestyle events in the annual Army-Navy tilt in Thursday’s 196-104 victory for the Mids in Annapolis, Md. Competing in yards, Davidson broke the meet, Patriot League and Navy record in the 200 free with an NCAA B-cut time of 1:36.00, while adding another meet-record and B-cut clocking in the 100 free (44.26). Davison wrapped up his meet by swimming the anchor leg of the Mids’ victorious 400 free relay, which clocked a 2:58.45 for another meet record.
FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
CHARLOTTE MEYER, NAVY Fr., Bethesda, Md.
Meyer made her Army-Navy meet debut in impressive fashion by capturing three individual events in Thursday’s 214-86 win for the Mids at Lejeune Hall. One of her victories yielded an NCAA B time when she won the 200-yard backstroke in 1:58.08, which also broke the previous meet and Navy records. She added wins in the 200 free (meet record 1:49.26) and the 200 IM (2:01.80). Meyer finished off her showing by swimming the anchor leg of Navy’s B foursome in the 400 free relay, which finished with a fourth-place time of 3:29.27.
MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
BEN FREEDMAN, NAVY Sr., Kennewick, Wash.
Freedman swept the two diving events in Thursday’s Army-Navy meet, posting a pair of zone-qualifying scores. He won the three-meter competition with 326.55 points, coming in 13.27 points ahead of his nearest competitor, and took gold from the one-meter board with 316.50 points, edging the competition by 3.3 points. Army’s Zach Woods was the runner-up from both boards.
FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
JULIE JESSE, NAVY So., Edwardsburg, Mich.
Jesse swept both boards in Navy’s 214-86 victory over rival Army on Thursday at Lejeune Hall in Annapolis, Md. She repeated her victory from a year ago in the one-meter competition with 237.83 points, and came up with her first win from the three-meter board versus the Black Knights with 248.25 points.
SEAN REGAN, ARMY Fr., Fort Washington, Pa.
Impressed in his first Army-Navy meet by sweeping the 100- and 200-yard fly races. Posted an NCAA B-cut time in the 200 in 1:47.12 and missed the B standard in the 100 by four-hundredths of a second when he finished in 48.33.
DANIELLE NUSZKOWSKI, ARMY Fr., Miami, Fla.
Posted three top-three times in Thursday’s meet loss to Navy. Broke the Army record in the 1,000 free by 1.09 by finishing third in 10:12.18, set the Army plebe record in the 200 free in 1:50.39 in also taking third, and won the 500 free in an academy-record 4:54.38.
ZACH WOODS, ARMY Jr., Collierville, Tenn.
Posted two runner-up finishes on the boards in the Army-Navy meet, scoring 313.28 points from the three-meter and 313.20 from the one-meter.
DANIELLE ULLMAN, ARMY Sr., Mahwah, N.J.
Scored 227.03 and 236.25 points, respectively, from the one- and three-meter boards to take second in both events in Thursday’s 216-84 loss at Navy.