Patriot League Championships Day Three – Navy Widens Lead Over Field

Patriot League Championships

  • Dates: Wednesday, February 19th – Saturday, February 22nd (Co-Ed)
  • Times: Prelims 10:30 a.m. / Finals 6 p.m.
  • Location: Lejeune Hall, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: Navy (women x2), Navy (men x10) (results)
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Day Three Finals

Day Three of the 2014 Patriot League Championships was one for the recordbooks, with 2 of 5 individual records going down in the women’s competition and 3 of 5 in the men’s.

Lehigh’s Courtney Patterson dropped another 3 seconds from her prelims swim, for a total of 14 in the meet, to win the women’s 400 IM in 4:16.73. Senior Megan Jex of Colgate finished second, 18 seconds faster than the time with which she had entered the meet. Amber McDonnell of Bucknell rounded off the podium.

Bucknell senior Mike Nicholson won his second IM of the meet with a 3:52.84 in the 400. The nearly three-second drop from his seed time earned Nicholson an NCAA “B” cut. His teammate, freshman Louis Behnen, who had tied for third in prelims with Navy’s Alex Nickell, beat the Mid this time by .14 to earn a silver, while Nickell had to settle for bronze.

Ariana Bullard and Molly Mucciarone of Army hung on to their qualifying positions and scored first and second in the 100 fly. Bullard broke the meet and League record (53.58 by Toni Paruso of Navy, 2012) with a 53.40. Mucciarone went 54.33 for second, 1.1 seconds ahead of third-place finisher Hannah Gillcrist of Navy. Both Bullard and Mucciarone were under the NCAA “B” standard.

Navy’s Jonathan Debaugh came from behind to win the men’s 100 fly in 47.86, just touching out Michael Dustin of Army. Third place went to Dustin’s Black Knight teammate, freshman Sean Regan.

What a 200 free! We expected this to be an exciting race and we weren’t disappointed. Maddie Thompson of Navy won in 1:49.59, but who knows what may have transpired if BU’s Stephanie Nasson hadn’t run out of pool. In sixth place at the 150, Nasson picked off her competitors one by one, but couldn’t quite get Thompson in the end and finished in 1:49.75. Lauren Perry of Bucknell came in at third, .09 ahead of fourth-place Carolyn Koch of Lehigh. Only 23/100 separated the third- and seventh-place finishers.

The men’s race was just as exciting. Thomas Duvall of Navy broke the meet and League records handily, going 1:35.32. The old League record of 1:36.00 was set by his teammate Hugh Davison last December. Riley Mita of Navy distinguished himself from the rest of the field early on, and ended up second in 1:36.96. BU’s Cole Puchi edged out Christopher Szekely (Army) and Andy Vazquez (Boston University) for third; all five men achieved “B” cuts.

Navy’s Hannah Gillcrist won the 100 breast in 1:02.92, just ahead of teammate Ellen Bradford. Bucknell’s Ashley Henderson touched third.

Sean Murphy of Navy lowered his own meet record of 52.96 from prelims, winning the men’s 100 breast in 52.92. BU’s Austin Dickey finished second, while Luke Hoffer of Navy was third. The top five finishers (including Greg Grewal of Lafayette and Ben Grove of Navy) all got “B” cuts.

Bucknell’s Emma Levendoski lowered her own meet and League records, winning the 100 back in 54.15. Navy teammates Anna Brooks and Lauren Baguley took second and third, respectively.

Joseph Lane of Navy lowered his own meet and League records, set this morning in prelims, with a 48.01 victory in the 100 back. Second place went to his teammate Brendan Walsh, while BU’s Connor Stuewe took third.

Bucknell scored big points in women’s one-meter diving, with a 1-2 finish from Tara Boyle (276.90) and Tori Molchany. Chelsea Glincman of BU took third.

The Midshipmen women won a hard-fought 400 medley relay in front of Army and Bucknell. Baguley (55.84), Gillcrist (1:02.82) Rheanna Vaughn (54.86), and Thompson (49.72) came in at 3:43.24. Army (Kelly Hamilton, Kristen Barta, Bullard, and Mucciarone) dropped nearly ten seconds off their seed time for second.

Navy men won the 400 medley relay in 3:10.94 with Lane (48.10), Murphy (52.00), Debaugh (47.35), and Dain Bomberger (43.49), easily breaking the pool, meet and League records and just missing an NCAA “A” standard. Boston University was second and Army, third.

Standings After Day Three

Women

1 U.S. Naval Academy 525
2 Bucknell University 431
3 Boston University 385
4 U.S. Military Academy 365
5 Colgate University 227
6 Lehigh University 212
7 Loyola University 176
8 American University 126
9 Lafayette College 89
10 College of the Holy Cross 60

Men

1 U.S. Naval Academy 595
2 Boston University 433
3 U.S. Military Academy 406
4 Bucknell University 310
5 Lehigh University 208
6 Lafayette College 133
7 American University 124
8 Loyola University 102
9 Colgate University 79
10 College of the Holy Cross 61

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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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