ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, November 5. THE Navy swimming and diving programs combined to win 25 events as both teams recorded wins over American, Bucknell and Lafayette Saturday afternoon at Lejeune Hall in Annapolis. The Navy women's team (5-2) defeated American by the score of 179-100, topped Bucknell by the count of 160-129 and recorded a 186-98 win over Lafayette. Meanwhile, the Navy men (7-0) won a 189-97 decision over the Eagles, posted a 162.5-128.5 win over the Bison and tallied a 190-99 victory over the Leopards.
The meet was contested in a long-course (50-meter length) pool.
Leading all athletes in victories on the day was Navy's Laura Gorinski (Jr., Greensburg, Pa.), who picked up wins in the 100 breaststroke (1:14.29), 200 breaststroke (2:40.61) and 200 individual medley (2:26.84) races. Joining her in winning multiple events were teammates Kellie Darmody (Jr., Charlotte, N.C.) and Ange Sawick (Fr., Abingdon, Pa.). Darmody won both backstroke races (1:06.53 and 2:25.70, respectively), while Sawick recorded victories in the 200 free (2:08.92) and 400 free (4:28.78).
Also winning an individual event for the Navy women's team were Haley Nowak (So., Manassas, Va.), who won the 800 freestyle (9:22.82); Rheanna Vaughn (So., Aliso Viejo, Calif.), the winner of the 200 fly (2:22.10); Danielle Reminger (Jr., Wheaton, Ill.), who won the 100 free (1:01.16); and Toni Paruso (Jr., Savannah, Ga.), who placed first in the 100 fly (1:04.49).
Navy also won both the 400 medley and 400 freestyle relay races.
"I am very pleased with the performance of the entire team," said Navy women's swimming head coach John Morrison. "We had the opportunity to learn a lot about ourselves last week when we raced Virginia, and we were able to apply some of those lessons and accomplish many of the goals we set for us today. As nice as the number of wins we were able to record today was, I was as impressed with the number of second and third-place swims we had in the meet. As a whole we are pleased, but we have a lot of work to do before we can become the team we feel we can be. We are going in the right direction."
The Navy men's team saw a pair of its swimmers win multiple events during the meet. Luke Hoffer (So., Chapel Hill, N.C.) recorded wins in both breaststroke races (1:07.72 and 2:24.62), while Mark Meyer (Sr., Bethesda, Md.) posted victories in both the 100 fly (57.99) and 200 fly (2:24.62) races.
An additional seven members of the Navy men's team tallied an individual event victory. In the freestyle races, Robbie Parker (Jr., Vienna, Va.) tied for first place in the 50 free (24.44), Hugh Davison (So., Towson, Md.) won the 100 free (53.71) and Riley Mita (Fr., Stevenson Ranch, Calif.) won the 800 freestyle (8:46.13). Mac Anthony (Sr., Allentown, Pa.) and Conor Campbell (So., Manassas, Va.) combined to give Navy a sweep of the two backstroke events with Anthony winning the 100 back (1:00.10) and Campbell winning the 200 back (2:10.91). Navy also saw two of its athletes split the victories on the two diving boards. Joe Esposito (Fr., Langhorne, Pa.) won the one-meter event (260.70) and Wil Mayo (So., The Woodlands, Texas) won the three-meter board (272.45).
"It was exciting for us to race our fellow Patriot League teams and to do so in long-course meters," said Navy men's swimming head coach Bill Roberts. "We learned some things today we need to work on to make us a better team for the rest of the season."
Both Navy teams will next compete Nov. 17-19 when the Mids take part in the Nike Cup that is being host by North Carolina.
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