Lauren Barber Breaks League, Meet Record During Patriot League Prelims

Photo Courtesy: Kristin Karkoska

By Chandler Brandes, Swimming World College Intern

Thursday morning’s action at the 2016 Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships saw fast times posted in the 500 free, 200 IM, and 50 free. The women’s 1m diving event will take place later in the day, and the 400 medley relay will be swum tonight.

Boston’s Steph Nasson is the top qualifier in the women’s 500 free after posting a time of 4:48.05 this morning. Nasson finished second in this event last year.

Sabrina Mortell (4:50.19), Sara Lopez (4:50.65), Rachael Dudley (4:50.96), Sarah Hargrave (4:51.31), Grace Anderson (4:51.36), Emily Ranzou (4:51.60), and Jenny Smith (4:51.66) will also compete in tonight’s A final.

Navy’s Noah Martin is seeded first after prelims in the men’s 500, clocking in at 4:22.85. Martin finished third in this event as Navy took the top three spots last year.

Thomas Ottman (4:25.46), Thomas Duvall (4:25.51), Alex Nickell (4:25.56), Kenneth Parker (4:26.01), Louis Behnen (4:27.8), Trevor Winans (4:28.76), and Brian Phillips (4:28.99) round out the top eight.

Navy freshman Lauren Barber finished first in the women’s 200 IM with a time of 1:58.42, crushing the old league and meet record of 1:59.34 set in 2015.

Kaitlyn O’Reilly (2:03.06), Erin Nabney (2:03.41), Ellen Bradford (2:03.69), Julianna Foss (2:03.72), Casey Lawson (2:03.96), Mika Spencer (2:04.04), and Kelly Carroll (2:04.28) complete the top eight.

Boston’s Quinn Smith is the top seed heading into tonight’s final in the men’s 200 IM after posting a time of 1:47.54. He finished second in this event last year.

Morgan De Jong (1:48.41), Jacob Moyar (1:48.68), Chris Devlin (1:48.84), Jay Yang (1:49.03), Garrett Chin (1:49.13), Brayden Lauffer (1:49.23), and Sam Mo (1:49.32) will also swim in tonight’s A final.

Navy’s Kenzie Margroum finished first in the women’s 50 free, touching the wall in a time of 22.83. She finished fourth in this event in 2015.

Molly Mucciarone (22.92), Kaitlyn Ruffing (23.07), Maddie Thompson (23.08), Hannah Briant (23.26), Elizabeth Graeff (23.28), Kelly Hamilton (23.33), and Ally Warnimont (23.42) will also complete in tonight’s A final.

Brandon McCredie, a freshmen from Army, is the top seed after prelims in the men’s 50 free with a time of 20.10.

Jamal Willis (20.27), Joseph Jaime (20.35),  Michael Bundas (20.36), Chris Szekely (20.41), Andrew Hacker (20.41), Justin White (20.48), and Bjorn Davis (20.49) round out the top eight.

The Navy women will look to maintain their lead after tonight as they have 13 swimmers in an A final. Boston has five swimmers in a final heat, Army has three, Lehigh has two, and Bucknell has one.

With nine swimmers in an A final, the Navy men are in a good position to remain in first place. Army has five swimmers in a final heat and Colgate has one. Lehigh, Boston, and Bucknell each have three.

Finals will begin at 6pm EST.