ITHACA, New York, January 11. NAVY's Adam Meyer (Jr./Bethesda, Md.) won three events by breaking pool records with NCAA ‘B' cut times to lead the Midshipmen to wins over Cornell and Yale on Saturday afternoon at Teagle Hall Pool. Navy cruised past Yale, 202-98, and edged host Cornell, 154.5-145.5, to improve to 14-1 on the year. The Big Red (3-4) defeated the Bulldogs (3-2), 221-79.
It's the second-straight year that the Midshipmen have defeated both schools in the double-dual meet. Last season in Annapolis, Navy defeated Cornell, 174- 126, and Yale, 159-141.
"It was a fabulous meet and our guys really came ready to race today," stated Navy head coach Bill Roberts. "It was a total team effort and we set six pool records in the process. The effort our guys showed out there was great to see."
In the 200-yard breaststroke, Meyer touched the wall in 1:57.26 to best the pool record by nearly six full seconds and smash Ian Johnston's Navy record by 1.25 seconds. Earlier in the day, the Navy junior finished the 200-yard butterfly in 1:43.90 to top the previous pool record by almost four seconds. Meyer was followed by teammates Jesse Cohen (So./Mountain Lakes, N.J.) and Mark Meyer (Fr./Bethesda, Md.) in second and third place with times of 1:48.90 and 1:50.26, respectively.
To close out his afternoon, Meyer set another pool mark with his 1:46.25 clocking in the 200-yard individual medley, almost six seconds better than the previous standard. He was followed by Billy Vey (Sr./Huntersville, N.C.) in second place with a time of 1:51.95, which also topped the record that stood prior to Saturday. Vey also placed third in the 200-yard backstroke with his 1:53.28 effort earlier in the afternoon.
Distance swimmer Erik Hunter (So./Placerville, Calif.) would not be outdone by Meyer, as he also set two pool records en route to victory on Saturday. Hunter opened his day by winning the 1,000-yard freestyle with a school-record time of 9:09.95, besting his previous record time at the 2008 EISL Championship.
The Navy sophomore would come back later in the afternoon to win the 500- yard freestyle with a 4:27.30 clocking, surpassing the previous pool record by 3.68 seconds.
Fellow distance swimmers Mac Anthony (Fr./Allentown, Pa.) and Sam Martinette (So./Richmond, Va.) finished second and third in 500-yard freestyle event with times of 4:34.47 and 4:38.76, respectively. Anthony also landed in second place in the 200-yard freestyle with a 1:39.47 clocking, preceded by Martinette's second-place effort in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a 9:30.51 showing.
Navy closed out the day by winning the 400-yard freestyle relay. The quartet of Anthony, Aaron Aiken (So./Ocala, Fla.), Jack Curran (Jr./Silver Spring, Md.) and Alex Oldenkamp (Sr./Coppell, Texas) combined for a time of 3:01.40. Earlier in the meet, Oldenkamp placed second in the 50-yard freestyle by virtue of his 20.98-second performance and Aiken finished the 100-yard freestyle in 46.12 seconds for third place.
The Midshipmen opened up the meet in fine fashion on Friday night, winning both the one- and three-meter diving events. Jon Galinski (Sr./Phoenix, Md.) topped the field on the one-meter board with a 301.45 score, followed by Olaf Olson's (So./Bainbridge Island, Wash.) 296.20-point performance for second place. Olson went on to win the three-meter event with an impressive 377.70- point showing.
As for the women, Navy's Tara Chapmon (Jr./Virginia Beach, Va.) set pool records in three different events to lead the Midshipmen to victories over Cornell and Yale in a double-dual meet on Saturday afternoon in Teagle Hall Pool. Navy (11-0) defeated Cornell (1-6), 188-112, and Yale (3-2), 156.5-143.5 For the Midshipmen, it was their first win over Yale in program history.
"We swam really well today. The girls really stepped up," stated Navy head coach John Morrison. "We had some great performances and broke several records in a very old pool. I am pleased and it's a great way to start the new year. Hopefully, this will continue on."
Champon opened her afternoon by winning the 1,000-yard freestyle with a
10:09.53 clocking, more than four seconds faster than the pool record and the third-fastest time in school history. She then won the 200-yard backstroke with the eighth-best time in program history, a 2:04.62 showing, before claiming the gold in the 500-yard freestyle with a pool-record time of 4:58.91. In the final event of the afternoon – the 400-yard freestyle relay, Chapmon teamed up with Allison Ranzau (So./Alpharetta, Ga.), Mary-Elyse Janowski (Fr./New Hyde Park, N.Y.) and Thuy-Mi Dinh (Jr./Anaheim, Calif.) for a 3:30.68 performance – good for another pool record.
Dinh also had an impressive afternoon for the Midshipmen, as she had a hand in a total of four event titles. Her 23.54-second showing in the 50-yard freestyle shattered the previous pool record and followed with a first-place time of 51.75 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle – the very next event after the 50- yard race. The Navy junior opened the day by completing the 200-yard medley relay of Jennie Spencer (Sr./Smithburg, W. Va.), Mallory Dietrich (Jr./Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Brooke Besche (So./Severna Park, Md.) that won with a 1:48.36 effort.
Dietrich also enjoyed breaking a pool record on Saturday, as she placed second with a 2:18.48 clocking in the 200-yard breaststroke, which also tied the fourth-fastest time in school history. The Navy junior also claimed first place in the 100-yard breaststroke and 100-yard butterfly with times of 1:05.16 and 57.45, respectively.
In addition to her efforts in the 400-yard freestyle relay, Ranzau won the 200- yard freestyle event with a 1:53.32 clocking. She also placed second behind Chapmon in the 500-yard freestyle race with her 5:03.31 performance.
Spencer followed Chapmon in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:07.33 and placed third in the 100-yard backstroke by virtue of her 1:00.50 showing.
Tessa Snow (So./Hamlin, N.Y.) recorded a 2:10.40 clocking in the 200-yard individual medley to place second and finished third in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:08.57.
Special thanks to Navy for contributing this report.