Princeton Jumps on Notre Dame Quickly to Take Double Dual at Navy

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Raunak Khosla; Photo Courtesy: Princeton University

Princeton Jumps on Notre Dame Quickly to Take Double Dual at Navy

Princeton’s women’s swim team started fast and kept the momentum going, topping Navy and Notre Dame over a two-day double dual meet in Annapolis Friday and Saturday.

Notre Dame’s men swept their two dual meets, with Princeton topping Navy in the third. Notre Dame’s women’s team routed Navy.

Men’s Scores

  • No. 23 Notre Dame 208, Princeton 145
  • No. 23 Notre Dame 234, Navy 119
  • Princeton 252, Navy 101

Women’s Scores

  • Princeton 188, Notre Dame 165
  • Princeton 278, Navy 75
  • Notre Dame 279, Navy 74

The Tigers made an early statement of intent from the very first individual event, sweeping the top three spots in the 400 individual medley. Ellie Marquardt led the trio with a time of 4:16.81, teammates Emily Appleton and Meg Wheeler following.

It was a preview of how the Tigers would start the Saturday session, with a pair of 1-2 finishes bookended a podium sweep in the 200 backstroke. Wheeler was involved again, winning the latter event in 1:57.52. Teammates Isabella Korbly and Liza Whitmire followed her.

Nikki Venema was the thick of it both days, following up the 400 IM on Friday by winning the 200 freestyle in 1:46.35. She added the 100 free crown on Saturday and was second in the 100 butterfly. Eliza Brown and Margaux McDonald went 1-2 in the 200 breaststroke on Saturday to parlay the momentum. Brown also won the 200 IM and was third in the 100 breast.

Korbly won Friday’s 100 back. Appleton was second in the 100 free. Princeton won both freestyle relays, with Sabrina Johnston, Heidi Smithwick and Amelia Liu on both. In the 200 free relay, it took Liu and Elzbieta Noble splitting 22.3s to rally to a narrow win. Venema handled anchoring duties on the 400 free relay. Johnston won the 50 free in 23.00, with Liu second, and took second to Venema in the 100 free.

Diving also provided a boost to the Tigers. Freshman Charlotte Martinkus lowered her school record on 1-meter Friday, scoring 328.50. It’s also a Lejeune Hall record. Martinkus won 3-meter with a tally of 317.15.

Much of what worked for Notre Dame involved the Gillilan sisters. Coleen Gillilan won the 100 breast on Friday, a 1-2 finish with teammate Ellie Jew, in 1:00.59. An event later, Renee Gillilan was second to teammate Megan Deuel in the 200 fly. Coleen Gillilan won the 100 fly on Saturday, with Renee Gillilan claiming the runner-up spot in the 200 IM.

Coleen Gillilan was on both winning Notre Dame medley relays, with Jess Geriane and Jew on both. The Irish’s distance contingent had a strong showing, with Maggie Graves winning the 1,650 free ahead of Mary Cate Pruitt, who won the 500 free with Graves third.

Navy’s best finish on the women’s side came in the 200 free, where Cameron Horner finished second.

On the men’s side, Notre Dame dominated at both extremes, with the meet’s top sprinter and the distance standout.

The former was Chris Guiliano. He won the 50 free in a decisive 19.53, a margin of six tenths. The margin was nearly as emphatic in the 100 free, his winning time of 42.75 getting him 1.14 clear of the field. Guiliano also led off the Irish’s winning 200 free and 400 free relays and anchored the victorious 200 medley relay.

At the other side of the spectrum was the equally dominant Jack Hoagland. He won the 400 IM (3:43.06) and the 1,650 free (14:55.28) on an impressive Friday double. Saturday, his 500 free time of 4:16.78 blitzed the field by more than eight seconds. He also swam on the 400 free relay squad.

Notre Dame’s Tommy Janton and Kaden Smesko went 1-2 in the 100 back, then Janton won Saturday’s 200 back ahead of teammate Marcus Gentry. Cason Wilburn claimed a tight race in the 100 fly. Daniel Knapp and Ben Nguyen went 1-2 in both diving events.

A convincing case could be made for Raunak Khosla as the swimmer of the meet. The Princeton senior went 1:54.17, setting a program record in the 200 breast. It’s also a Navy pool record. Khosla won the 200 fly (in a 1-2 with Nicholas Lim) and the 200 IM (with teammate Tyler Hong second) and was second to Hoagland in the 400 IM. Khosla also swam on the Tigers’ winning 400 medley relay, with Hong, Lim and Max Walther.

Mitchell Schott won the 200 free for the Tigers. Dylan Porges was second to Hoagland in the 400 IM and mile. Walther was second in the 50 free and 100 free.

Navy picked up a win via Jackson Schultz in the 100 breast. He was also second in the 200 breast and third in the 200 IM. Teammate Jonah Harm was second in the 100 fly, as was Everet Andrew in the 200 free

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Food for Thought
Food for Thought
1 year ago

This is a poorly titled article…

Notre Dame won three of their four meets this weekend, and this was titled like they got taken to the woodshed.

Maybe a “Notre Dame men beat Navy & Princeton, while Notre Dame women split with Navy & Princeton” would help put the Irish in a little better light.

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