March 1, 2015
PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Navy swimming and diving teams concluded the team portion of their championship seasons with the men’s team winning the ECAC Championship and the women’s program placing second at the meet. The three-day meet held at Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool came to a close Sunday evening.
This weekend’s efforts by the Mids came after both programs won Patriot League crowns last week.
The Mids scored 661.5 points to win the men’s competition by over 200 points. Army placed second with a three-day total of 428.5 points. Navy’s women’s team totaled 483 points to finish only in back of Pittsburgh’s winning total of 590.5 points.
Navy also garnered several individual awards after the conclusion of the meet. Tom Duvall (Jr., Durham, N.H.) was tabbed as the men’s swimmer of the meet, Bill Roberts (and assistant coach Mark Liscinsky) was named as the men’s coach of the meet and John Morrison (with assistant coach Rob Lias) shared the coach-of-the-meet accolade with Pittsburgh’s Stacy Busack.
“I am pretty happy with this team we took to the meet,” said Roberts. “It is a tough group of guys and was great to see them compete this way.
“We never take these conference meets for granted. You need to be consistent and have depth to win a meet. But this is what we set out to do at this time of year. I am very happy for and pleased with the guys for their efforts over the last 12 months that have built up to us winning the Patriot League and ECAC titles these last two weeks.”
“It was a solid meet for us against a very good Pittsburgh team,” said Morrison. “Overall, we had a lot of good swims, some good individual wins and a great 800 free relay.”
The Navy men’s team totaled six event wins through the first two days of the meet to lead after both Friday and Saturday. Duvall set a pair of meet records in winning an individual event each day. He first lowered the 500 free record to 4:17.93, then posted a new record time of 1:35.59 in winning the 200 free title. Jonathan DeBaugh (Jr., Conroe, Texas) joined Duvall in the winner’s circle on Saturday as he tallied a time of 47.54 to win the 100 fly final. Also earning a victory on the day was Dennis Rusiewski (So., Rochester, Mich.), who recorded a time of 49.12 to win the 100 backstroke.
Alex Nickell (Jr., Loveland, Colo.) placed second to Duvall in the 500 free with a time of 4:21.64, and again in the 200 free with a clocking of 1:37.28.
Navy additionally won a pair of relay finals on Saturday as the foursome of Rusiewski, Morgan DeJong (So., Winchester, Va.), Hayes McCullagh (So., Charlotte, N.C.) and Michael Bundas (So., Saline, Mich.) won the 200 medley relay (meet record 1:29.36), and the team of Joseph Jaime (Fr., San Antonio, Texas), Nickell, Nathan Stinson (Jr., Nashville, Tenn.) and Riley Mita (Sr., Stevenson Ranch, Calif.) won the 800 free relay (6:35.91).
Debaugh would eventually match Duvall’s victory total by winning Sunday’s 200 fly with a time of 1:46.76.
“Jon has always been a good swimmer, but he has been even better this year,” said Roberts. “He has been competitive, won a lot of races and done great things prior to this season, but he has improved even more this year. You can credit him and the hard work he has put in for that. This really was a breakout season for him.”
Navy’s women’s squad stood second to Pittsburgh after the end of competition on both Friday and Saturday. Ellen Bradford (Jr., Knoxville, Tenn.) highlighted the team’s efforts as she won Friday’s 200 individual medley final (2:03.97) and placed second in Saturday’s 100 breaststroke event (1:02.83). Finishing second to Bradford in the 200 IM was teammate Hanna Gillcrist (So., Burlington, Ky.) with her time of 2:04.22. Charlotte Meyer (So., Bethesda, Md.), who last week was tabbed as the Patriot League Women’s Swimmer of the Meet, was the runner-up in the 400 individual medley final on day two of the meet.
The Mids ended Saturday’s slate of races by winning the 800 freestyle relay. Megan Reutzel (Jr., The Woodlands, Texas), Amy Davis (So., Dallas, Texas), Alyssa Dilldine (So., Baton Rouge, La.) and Jenny Smith (Fr., Columbus, Ohio) combined for a time of 7:31.27 to win the final.
Sunday saw Meyer touch the wall in a time of 2:00.00 to win the championship final of the 200 fly, with Gillcrist placing second in the race. Also, Kaitlyn O’Reilly (Fr., Farmington, Minn.) took the silver medal for the Mids in the 200 backstroke on the last day of the meet.
“Ellen did a real nice job of coming back from her performances last week at the Patriot League meet,” said Morrison. “She even went a little faster this week. Her 200 IM really set the tone for us this week. It was very uplifting for the entire team.
“Kaitlyn had three personal-best swims this week. She really stepped up her performance. Hanna put together a big meet, too. She had three big swims for us that brought us a lot of points. And I have to credit our seniors here who did a nice job of getting us ready for every morning session, which helped us to score well each night.”
Navy’s divers will take part in the NCAA Zone Meet March 9-11 at Rutgers, the NCAA Women’s Championship is slated for March 19-21 in Indianapolis, Ind., and the men’s national meet will be held March 26-28 in Iowa City, Iowa.
Top-10 Women’s Teams (22 teams scored points)
1. 590.5 Pittsburgh
2. 483 Navy
3. 437 Penn
4. 413 Bucknell
5. 386.5 Marist
6. 282 Army
7. 256 Vermont
8. 189 New Hampshire
9. 105.5 Simmons College
10. 99 UMBC
Top-10 Men’s Teams (15 teams scored points)
1. 661.5 Navy
2. 428.5 Army
3. 418 Columbia
4. 400 Binghamton
5. 346 Marist
6. 295 Pittsburgh
7. 264 Penn
8. 259 Bucknell
9. 195 Rider
10. 128 Maine