2024 Patriot League Champs: Loyola Men Crack 200 Medley Records on Day 1

2024 PATRIOT LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS

TEAM SCORES (THRU DAY 1)

MEN

  1. Navy – 120
  2. Loyola – 116
  3. Army – 110
  4. Bucknell – 106
  5. Lehigh/BU – 98 (tie)
  6. Lafayette – 90
  7. Holy Cross – 86
  8. American – 78
  9. Colgate – 74

WOMEN

  1. Boston U – 212
  2. Navy – 201
  3. Army – 176
  4. Bucknell – 167
  5. Lehigh/Colgate – 113 (tie)
  6. Loyola – 102
  7. Holy Cross – 93
  8. American – 92
  9. Lafayette – 69

The 2024 Patriot League Championships kicked off tonight with the 200 medley relay, 800 free relay, and women’s 3-meter diving. While last year Navy swept the opening night events, this year four different teams ended the first day with event wins.

The Navy women, who are favored to win their 13th-straight team title, kicked things off with a meet record in the 200 medley relay. Ela Habjan (25.18), Riley Gavigan (27.57), Caroline Irwin (23.68), and Maya Novack (22.72) combined for 1:39.15 to shave 0.75-seconds off the meet record, previously set by Navy in 2022. The quartet set the conference record of 1:38.70 last December at the annual Army v. Navy dual meet.

Despite winning the event, the Navy women didn’t have any field-leading splits, a testament to their depth. Loyola’s Lily Mead dropped a 25.05 to lead the backstrokers, Army’s Aurelie Migault split 27.18 on breaststroke leg, American’s Mimi Watts hit 23.27 on butterfly leg, and Loyola’s Tulio Charley was the quickest anchor with a 22.20.

In the men’s race, Loyola out-dueled the defending champs to reset the pool, meet, and conference records (1:24.79). All three of those records were previously held by Navy. Joe Hayburn (21.60), Max Verheyen (23.64), Patrick Hayburn (20.51), and Caleb Kelly (19.04) held off Army and Navy to claim Loyola’s first title in this event in the history of the program, and only their second relay title ever.

The fastest relay splits all came from the 2nd and 3rd-placing teams. From Navy, who also got under the old meet record (1:25.14, 2nd), Ben Irwin split 21.49 on the backstroke lead-off and Jonah Harm dropped 19.95 on the fly leg, the only sub-20 second split. Army (1:25.46) got a 23.22 breaststroke split from Kohen Rankin and a speedy anchor of 19.02 from Owen Harlow, but it wasn’t enough to make up the difference.

In the 800 free relay, the Army women got within a second of Navy’s pool record of 7:09.61, set in 2016. Clara Williams (1:48.00), Aurelie Migault (1:48.08), Melinda Zhang (1:48.64), and Molly Webber (1:45.88) combined to clock a dominating 7:10.60. Behind them, Lehigh’s team (7:16.09) of Willa Werwaiss (1:48.07), Sarah Hardy (1:51.26), Mairin Ludwig (1:48.31), and Caitlin Deitch (7:16.09) and Navy’s quartet (7:17.27) of Cameron Horner (1:49.18), Erin Miller (1:50.35), Gabi Baldwin (1:48.31), and Lauren Walsh (1:49.63) rounded out the podium.

To wrap up the swimming events, the Navy men defended their title in the 800 free relay, clocking 6:23.56. Everet Andrew (1:34.67), Cohen Bruner (1:37.44), Conor Cranfield (1:35.80), and Ben Stankovich (1:35.65) held off a strong effort by Army, who were only three-hundredths of a second behind at the 600 mark thanks to Alex Edwards (1:38.43), Thomas Hadjii (1:34.95), and Wes Tate (1:34.56). Stankovich out-split Army anchor Ian Tansill (1:36.24) by nearly six-tenths to clinch it for Navy.

On the boards, BU teammates Sophia Souza (296.00) and Sumi Cameron (292.70) took 1st and 2nd in the women’s 3-meter diving event. This is Souza’s second straight title in the event. Cameron placed 4th last year. Diving was the only event without Navy or Army finishing in the top three.

Update as of 10am 2/22/24: Army’s team in the women’s 800 free relay was initially disqualified for unknown reasons, but it was overturned before prelims the next morning. The published results pdf do not yet reflect this change. SwimSwam has reached out for further comment.

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ArmyFan
1 month ago

I preface this by saying I am a devote Army fan and have officiated meets for many years. I have never seen a worse no call than Army’s -0.3 relay exchange. There is a difference between letting the boys swim and blatant disregard for the rules. Also have never heard of an overturned DQ the following day.

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Reply to  ArmyFan
1 month ago

By the rules, a -.3 relay exchange has to be confirmed by judges.

The idea is that a -.3 relay exchange is so obvious that either a judge had to see it, or it’s a RJP error. Most exchange times that bad are RJP errors (see Ivy Leagues last year, where they had to overturn a bunch of DQs and turn them off).

Which is not to say that nobody ever jumps by .3 seconds. But it’s not normal for an official to miss .3. On a 24 second 50 yard free, that’s like 2 feet.

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Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

yeah that’s true @ArmyFan. However the backstroker is lucky he’s alive after the breaststroker almost landed on him at the flags. Glad everyone’s okay!

Swimmer270
1 month ago

How did army get disqualified

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Reply to  Laura Rosado
1 month ago

Yes they just posted on their X page they won Gold …

Queens
1 month ago

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