Oct. 15, 2015
ANNAPOLIS, Md. –– The Navy and UMBC swimming and diving teams will meet Friday at 4 p.m. at the UMBC Aquatic Complex in Baltimore in another installment of what has traditionally been a close meet between the programs. The Mids swept last year’s meet against the Retrievers, with the Navy men winning by the count of 151-138 and the women posting a 154.5-143.5 victory.
“UMBC consistently produces a very competitive program and this year is no different,” said Navy men’s swimming head coach Bill Roberts. “They have an excellent mix of returning and new athletes who are capable of winning events. We are expecting another battle between our two programs Friday.”
“We had a good start to the season last week and are looking to not just build upon that but also improve this week,” said Navy women’s swimming head coach John Morrison.
The Navy teams will make the short drive to the meet with identical 3-0 records this season. Both squads opened the year by posting a win at George Mason and then notching victories over East Carolina and Old Dominion in Navy’s home opener.
The depth of the Navy squads shone last weekend with 13 men and nine women recording at least one individual event victory over the course of the two days of competition. Leading the way were swimmers Lauren Barber (Fr., New Wilmington, Pa.) with nine wins and Marlin Brutkiewicz (Jr., Mobile, Ala.) with eight, while women’s diver Julie Jesse (Sr., Edwardsburg, Mich.) won five events and men’s divers Nate Belch (So., Tucson, Ariz.) and Joe Kaszubowski (Fr., Whitefish Bay, Wis.) each claimed three wins.
UMBC’s teams split their respective season opening meets at Rider last weekend. The women’s team defeated the Broncs by the score of 155-116 while the men’s squad dropped a 157-141 decision. Both UMBC teams won their respective conference title –– women: America East; men: Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association –– in the spring of 2015.