ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, January 12. THE Navy women’s swimming and diving team totaled seven first-place finishes as the Mids split a double-dual meet against Cornell and Yale, Saturday afternoon in Lejeune Hall. The Mids (12-1) dropped a 174-126 decision to Yale (2-2) and posted a 175-125 victory over Cornell (2-5). In the remaining contest, the Bulldogs recorded a 219-81 win over the Big Red.
Yale matched Navy with seven event victories during the meet, but the Bulldogs accrued nine second and third-place finishes with the Mids placing second in seven events and third just once.
Thuy-Mi Dinh (So., Anaheim, Calif.) highlighted the Navy efforts on the day as she recorded victories during each of her three individual events. She posted a time of 1:05.79 to win the 100 backstroke, won the 50 free with a clocking of 26.05 and recorded a 57.92 to win the 100 freestyle.
Diver Katie Griffin (Sr., Ellicott City, Md.) continued her strong season by sweeping both boards during the meet. She totaled 241.95 points to win the one-meter event by 10 points then scored 308.40 points to win the three-meter event by 53 points.
Also recording wins for Navy on the day were Allison Ranzau (Fr., Alpharetta, Ga.) and Kelly Zahalka (Jr., Richmond, Va.). Ranzau won the 200 free with a time of 2:05.71 and Zahalka won the 200 individual medley with a clocking of 2:21.90.
“Yale swam extremely well today,” said Navy head coach John Morrison. “I was a little disappointed in some of our times. We need to step up better. We did have a number of good swims and had a lot of close races, but we need to race better and stronger throughout the meet.”
Navy will continue its season in two weeks when the Mids play host to Penn Jan. 26.
Special thanks to Navy for contributing this report.