2015 Patriot League Championships Day 3 Finals: Navy Still Ahead But Army Moves Up

2015 Patriot League Swimming & Diving Championships

  • Dates: Wednesday, February 18 – Saturday, February 21, 2015; prelims 11am, finals 6pm
  • Location: Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium, Lewisburg, PA (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Defending Champions: W – Navy, M – Navy (results)
  • Live Results: Available
  • Live Video: Available
  • Championship Central

Friday night at the 2015 Patriot League championships gave us some exciting swims, including several records, and some significant point swings. In the women’s meet, Army, American and Lafayette all moved up a rung, while on the men’s side, Army leapfrogged both Boston and Bucknell and took over the second spot.

Full finals results are available here.

400 Individual Medley

The meet opened with a spectacular 400 IM from 200 IM-winner Charlotte Meyer of Navy. Meyer set her second meet and conference record, this time in the 400 IM, absolutely crushing the old mark with her 4:12.98. Teammate Jenny Smith (4:18.66) went 5.3 seconds faster than her seed time with her second-place finish, and Courtney Patterson of Lehigh (4:22.84) picked up a third. Fourth through eighth belonged to Jess Burkett and Bridget Ritter of Army, and a trio from Bucknell: Caroline Orem, Alanna Nawrocki, and Amber McDonnell.

Bucknell snagged a 1-2 finish in the men’s race when freshman Chris Devlin came in at 3:51.13, just in front of sophomore Louis Behnen. Behnen, a distance freestyler, trailed Navy’s Young Tae Seo by 2 seconds at the 300 and 1.3 at the 350. Behnen came home in 25.8 and just out-touched the Midshipman, 3:52.70 to 3:52.82. The rest of the finalists were Jacob Moyar of Lehigh, Garrett Chin of BU, Will Viana of Army, Jack Robinson of Bucknell, and Jake Greene of Lehigh.

100 Butterfly

Navy junior Rachael Dudley followed up her 500 free win with a phenomenal come-from-behind victory in the women’s 100 fly, going 54.12. Army’s Molly Mucciarone finished second with 54.69, while Julianna Foss of Bucknell was third in 55.46. Hannah Gillcrist (Navy), Katherine Kenney (BU), Mary Samuels (Lehigh), Jackie Andrews (Lafayette), and Kelly Hamilton (Army) rounded out the podium.

Jonathan Debaugh of Navy picked up the win in the men’s race with 47.56, the only “B” cut in the field. Teammate Ryan Bailey (48.52) and Boston’s Mun Hon Lee (48.53) were second and third in a photo-finish. Army’s Michael Dustin, Austin Kong, and Sean Regan picked up important points for the Black Knights placing fourth, fifth, and seventh. Billy Draves of Navy was sixth, while BU’s Ryan Bach placed eighth.

200 Freestyle

There were no major surprises in the 200 free, an event at which Navy excels on both the women’s and men’s side of the equation. Maddie Thompson (1:48.81) and Kenzie Margroum (1:48.98) went 1-2 for the Midshipmen, with Colgate’s Lindsey Sagasta (1:49.95) Lehigh’s Carolyn and Julianne Koch were next, followed by Rachel McGoff of Bucknell, and Alexsa Savage and Stephanie Nasson of BU.

Thomas Duvall of Navy broke the pool record with his winning 1:35.39 but missed lowering his own meet and conference record by .07. Teammate, senior Riley Mita came in second with 1:37.55, while 50 free champion Chris Szekely of Army took third in 1:37.66. Andy Vazquez (BU), Ethan Whitaker (Navy), Dain Bomberger (Navy), Evin Rude (Army), and Devin McCall (Army) followed suit.

100 Breaststroke

Third-seeded Diana Hanson of Bucknell came from behind to out-touch Navy’s Ellen Bradford for the win in the 100 breast, 1:03.33 to 1:03.42. Hanson’s teammate Ashley Henderson (1:03.91) also used a strong back-half to overtake an opponent, finishing third right ahead of Loyola’s Tara Mulligan. Hannah Gillcrist (Navy), Cammie Kirby (Colgate), Melissa Feeney (Lehigh), and Jess Fabrizio (Army) finished fourth through eighth.

Navy’s Martin Brutkiewicz broke the pool record, winning the men’s race with 54.02 ahead of Lafayette’s Greg Grewal (54.28). Mathias Porter of Navy (54.72), Colin Kanzari (55.18) of Army and Daniel Andronov (55.20) of Boston all achieved “B” cuts. Ben Seketa of Bucknell, Andrew Guinther of BU, and Joe Daniels of Army rounded out the final.

100 Backstroke

Bucknell’s Emma Levendoski successfully defended her title with a 53.88, a bit off her morning qualifying swim. Army’s Hamilton (55.87) came in second, just edging Rachel Perry of Bucknell (55.95). Kaitlyn O’Reilly and Elizabeth Graeff of Navy, Bucknell’s Maddie Marcheskie, Lehigh’s Alissa Leung, and Paris Wood of American followed.

Boston’s Connor Stuewe didn’t lower the meet record he had set in prelims with his 47.44, but he still won the men’s 100 back by nearly a second with 47.70. Navy’s Joseph Lane (48.62) and Ethan King (48.87) were second and third. The rest of the finalists were: Josh Sembrano of Army, Chris Devlin of Bucknell, Navy’s David Carlson, Boston’s Quinn Smith, and Colin Lynch of Bucknell.

400 Medley Relay

Navy won the women’s medley relay in 3:43.74 with the quartet of Meyer (55.41), Bradford (1:03.51), Dudley (55.31), and Brianna Bilunas (49.51). Bucknell was second in 3:44.88; Army, third with 3:46.58.

The Midshipmen set a pool record in the men’s race, going 3:12.58 with Lane 48.38), Brutkiewicz (53.78), Debaugh (47.19), and Bomberger (43.23). Army went 3:13.89 for second, while BU finished in 3:14.25 to take third place.

Standings After Day Three

Women

  1. US Naval Academy 517
  2. Bucknell University 447
  3. Lehigh University 317
  4. US Military Academy 307
  5. Boston University 288
  6. Colgate University 184
  7. Loyola University 121
  8. American University 116
  9. Lafayette Swimming 96
  10. College of the Holy Cross 60

Men

  1. US Naval Academy 645
  2. US Military Academy 420
  3. Boston University 400
  4. Bucknell University 382
  5. Lehigh University 219
  6. Loyola University 154
  7. Lafayette Swimming 138
  8. Colgate University 99
  9. American University 69
  10. College of the Holy Cross 64

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Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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