ANNAPOLIS, Md. –– The Navy swim and dive teams will resume their respective seasons this weekend when the Mids compete in Princeton on Friday at 5 p.m. The Navy’s men’s team remains on the road for a meeting Saturday at 1 p.m. in Columbia.
This weekend is the final meeting of the dual meet season for both naval teams.
Presence of fans
Fan attendance for both Princeton and Columbia is limited to a pass list submitted in advance by the Navy coaches. Each school has COVID protocols that must be met before fans on the list are allowed to enter the venue. These requirements include, but are not limited to, providing proof of full vaccination and wearing a mask during the meet.
Friday’s game against the Tigers will be streamed via ESPN+.
Navy Men (7-1)
The Mids will battle for the first time since they defeated Army, 158-142, on December 9. The Navy never followed the Black Knights, but never had a comfortable lead either. The Mids led by one point, 104–103, before a strong close took the Navy over the meet-clinching tally of 151 before the closing 400 freestyle relay.
Navy Women (7-1)
Navy won all but one of the 16 events and took at least first and second in 11 events to defeat Army, 230-70, in what was the most recent encounter for the Mids. Diver Hannah Montau (Sr., Germantown, Md.) had one of the better performances the day before the Mids against the Black Knights. She won both diving events, breaking meet, naval and Patriot League records on every board.
Princeton Men (5-0)
The Tigers have had victories this season over Brown, Dartmouth, Columbia, Penn and Cornell.
Princeton has a 69-25 lead in the all-time series with Navy, dating back to the 1914-15 season.
The Mids defeated the Tigers, January 4, 2020, 171-129, in Annapolis in what was the most recent dual between the teams. Navy has won four wins over Princeton in its last 11 encounters, with three of the team’s losses over this period being decided by a total of 12 points.
Princeton Women (5-0)
Princeton has taken double wins this year over Brown, Dartmouth, Rutgers, Penn and Cornell.
Navy and Princeton have only met once in a double encounter prior to this weekend. The Tigers recorded a 190-101 win over the Mids on November 22, 1997 in a game contested at Rutgers.
Colombia Men (2-3)
The Lions have beaten Penn and Yale this year, losing to Princeton, Harvard and Brown. Columbia will swim at Army Friday and host Navy on Saturday.
Navy leads the all-time series with Columbia, 65-26. Prior to the 2020-21 COVID season, the teams had met annually from the 1977-78 season through the 2019-20 campaign. The teams also competed against each other every year from 1926-27 to 1969-70.
The Mids recorded a 200-100 win over the Lions January 31, 2020 in what was the last meeting of the old rivals.