Navy Continues To Dominate Patriot League Championships

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, February 21. NAVY continues to dominate the 2014 Patriot League Championships at Lejeune Hall, but the Mids yielded the top of the podium to Bucknell in three events on Friday evening.

Senior Mike Nicholson started the Bison gold rush by teaming with freshman teammate Louis Behnen for a 1-2 finish in the Men’s 400 IM. Sophomore Emma Levendoski gave Bucknell a second Day Three titlist when she cruised to a record-setting victory in the Women’s 100 backstroke and junior Tara Boyle put an exclamation point on the night with a win in the Women’s 1-meter Diving in the final individual event on Friday.

The strong performance helped vault the Bison women into second place in the team standings at 431 points behind Navy’s 525. Boston University, Army and Colgate complete the top five.

The championship session started with the first Patriot League titlist from Lehigh since 2003 when Mountain Hawks sophomore Courtney Patterson captured the Women’s 400IM in 4:16.73.

Army freshman Ariana Bullard followed up Nicholson’s win with a new league and meet mark of 53.40 in the Women’s 100 Butterfly.

But beyond the three Bucknell champs and one each from Army and Lehigh, the remainder of the night belonged to host Navy.

The Mids set records in the Men’s 200 freestyle (Thomas Duvall in 1:35.32), Men’s 100 Breaststroke (Sean Murphy in 52.92), 100 backstroke (Joseph Lane in 48.01) and Men’s 400 Medley Relay (Lane, Murphy, DeBaugh, and Bomberger in 3:10.94).

Other Navy winners included Jonathan DeBaugh in the Men’s 100 Butterfly in 47.86, Maddi Thompson in the Women’s 200 Freestyle in 1:49.59, Hanna Gillcrist in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:02.92 and the Mids Women’s 400 Medley Relay squad of Baguley, Gillcrist, Vaughn and Thompson in 3:43.24.

The Navy Men’s team stretched out an already sizeable lead and now have a 595.50-433 advantage over second place Boston University. Army, Bucknell and Lehigh round out the top five.

The 2014 Patriot League Swimming & Diving Championships will conclude on Saturday with the final 13 events. You can follow the action on beginning at 10:30 a.m. with preliminaries and an evening session of finals starting at 6 p.m.

Men’s Standings

1. Navy – 595.50 points
2. Boston University – 433
3. Army – 406
4. Bucknell – 310
5. Lehigh – 208
6. Lafayette – 133
7. American – 124
8. Loyola – 102.50
9. Colgate – 79
10. Holy Cross – 61

Women’s Standings

1. Navy – 525 points
2. Bucknell – 431
3. Boston University – 385.50
4. Army – 365
5. Colgate – 227.50
6. Lehigh – 212
7. Loyola – 176
8. American – 126
9. Lafayette – 89
10. Holy Cross – 60

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