Patriot League 2022 Swimming and Diving Championship Day One Recap (2.16.22)

BETHLEHEM, Dad. † The Navy men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs hold the lead after day one of the Patriot League Swimming & Diving Championships at the US Naval Academy’s Lejeune Hall.

Navy’s women’s team of freshman Megan Murphy, sophomore Riley Gavigan, senior Sydney Harrington and senior Sarah Sorensen) took first in the 200-yard medley relay with a meet-record time of 1:39.90. Army West Point’s senior Lauren Carag, sophomore Aurelie Migault, junior Angela Huang and freshman Meghan Cole placed second with a time of 1:40.87. Boston University’s relay team comprised of senior Sezin Eligul, freshman Stephanie Lu, sophomore Madison Kim and sophomore Sydney Sorbello placed third in 1:41.32.

Navy took first place in the men’s 200-yard medley as the team of senior Caleb Mauldin, senior Dean Nguyen, sophomore Josh Harm and senior Calen Aulizia recorded a time of 1:25.30. The Mids’ time established a meet record. Loyola Maryland’s relay team of senior Conor Rutigliano, junior Max Verheyen, senior Jimmy Hayburn and sophomore Caleb Kelly finished second with a time of 1:26.96. Bucknell men’s 200-yard medley team consisting of sophomore Chris Fabian, junior Ryaan Hatoum, senior Liam Pitt and junior Leo Kuyl finished third in 1:27.83.

Senior Daniel Alaimo came in first place for Army in the men’s three-meter diving as he totaled a score of 353.20. Alaimo’s teammate, freshman David Manelis, came in second place with a final score of 339.85 while Navy freshman Blake Shaw came in third with 319.25 points.

Navy’s 800-yard freestyle women’s relay team composed of senior Martina Thomas, sophomore Gabi Baldwin, sophomore Cameron Horner and senior Sarah Sorensen finished first with a time of 7:15.20. The Bucknell women’s relay team of Maddie Hartigan, Kayla Lichtner, Caroline McGann and Sabrina Vumbacco claimed silver with a time of 7:18.70, just edging out Army’s Sammie Edwards, Melinda Zhang, Maggie Kroening and Clara Williams finished third with a time of 7: 20.66.

Navy topped the podium in the men’s 800-yard freestyle relay finishing in 6:23.01. The winning relay team was comprised of freshman Conor Cranfield, freshman Everet Andrew, senior Ethan Tack and sophomore Garrett McGovern. Army West Point junior Tanner Falls, junior Sean Dwyer, sophomore Ian Tansill and senior Kevin Lin placed second in a time of 6:27.38. Bucknell’s sophomore John Gehrig, freshman Justin Disanto, junior Christian Stef and freshman Christopher Kopac recorded a time of 6:30.50 to come in third place.

Day two of the Patriot League Swimming & Diving Championships will begin Thursday with preliminaries at 10 am and finals starting at 6 pm Live coverage of the 2022 Patriot League Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships will be available each day on ESPN+.

Additional information on the Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championship can be found on the championship page by CLICKING HERE.

Women – Team Rankings – Through Event 5
1.Navy (80)
2. Army (66)
3. Bucknell (64)
4. Boston University (62)
T-5. American (50)
T-5. Colgate (50)
7. Loyola Maryland (44)
8. Holy Cross (42)
9. Lehigh (28)
10. Lafayette (22)

Men – Team Rankings – Through Event 5
1.Navy (124)
2. Army West Point (115)
3. Bucknell (82)
4. Loyola Maryland (75)
5. Boston University (67)
6. Lehigh (56)
7. Lafayette (52)
8. American (49)
9. Holy Cross (39)
10. Colgate (32)

The Patriot League is in its fourth decade of academic and athletic achievement, continually demonstrating that student-athletes can excel at both academics and athletics without sacrificing high standards. The Patriot League’s athletic success is achieved while its member institutions remain committed to its founding principle of admitting and graduating student-athletes that are academically representative of their class. Participation in athletics at Patriot League institutions is viewed as an important component of a well-rounded education.

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