PRINCETON, NJ –– In what was the first competition in six weeks for the Navy swimming and diving teams, the Mids fell to Princeton Friday evening at DeNunzio Pool in Princeton, NJ Princeton (7-0) defeated Navy (7-2), 168.5-129.5, in the women’s meet, and the Tigers (6-0) defeated the Mids (7-2), 208-92, in the men’s dual.
“It was good to get on the blocks and race again,” said Navy men’s swimming head coach Bill Roberts. “We had a lot of close races today against a strong Princeton team. We have a lot of components to our performances that are starting to come together after our extended break between meets and we are looking forward to continuing to refine and improve upon them Saturday .”
“After our long break from competition,” said Navy women’s swimming head coach John Morrison, “we really needed to have this meet to better evaluate our winter training. Our thanks goes to Princeton for pushing this meet back one week (the Tigers were originally slated to play host to Navy and Notre Dame last week before COVID concerns with both Princeton and the Irish leading to the delay) and for allowing spectators to attend.
“Overall, we were very happy with the racing our team did. Many of the swimmers had season-best times in the middle of our most challenging training segment. It was fun to see the entire team compete at this level when tired. It was good to see some new and younger names consistently competing well against a good Princeton team. Our divers did an outstanding job. We feel we are in a good spot as we approach our championship meets.”
Earning swimming victories for the Mids in the women’s meet were Martina Thomas (Sr., Fayetteville, Ark.) in the 200 freestyle, Reagan Johnson (Jr., Charlotte, NC) in the 100 breaststroke and Gabi Baldwin (So., Lake Elms, Minn.) in the 200 backstroke. Thomas posted a time of 1:49.79 to win the 200 free by over two seconds, Johnson edged teammate Riley Gavigan (So., East Setauket, NY) by six-hundredths of a second with a winning time of 1:03.50 in the 100 breast, and Baldwin won the 200 back in a time of 1:59.49 which gave her a 1.32-second margin or victory.
The Mids also placed second in 200 fly, 50 free (by 18-hundredths of a second), 100 free, 200 breast (by eight-hundredths of a second), 100 fly, 200 individual medley and 400 freestyle relay events.
Hannah Montau (Sr., Germantown, Md.) posted a score of 277.05 to win the one-meter diving event by less than eight points, and totaled 318.45 points to win the three-meter board by 33.45 points.
Pat Colwell (So., New Canaan, Conn.) was the lone member of the Navy men’s team to earn a swimming event win. Colwell posted a time of 48.40 to win the 100 fly by nearly one-half of a second.
Navy also placed second in the 1000 free, 200 free, 100 back (by 14-hundredths of a second), 200 fly, 100 free (by nine-hundredths of a second), 200 breast (by 34-hundredths of a second) and 500 free events.
The Mids finished in second place in both relay events. The Tigers won the 200 medley relay by two-hundredths of a second and the 400 freestyle relay by less than one-half of a second.
The Navy men’s team will close its dual meet season Saturday when the Mids compete at Columbia, while the women’s team has only the Jan. 29 Navy Invitational on its schedule before the start of the championship portion of its season.