The men’s and women’s teams from Navy extended their 20-plus year winning streaks over rival Army by winning both dual meets Thursday night in Annapolis.
The men’s team won 196-94 to make this their 23rd straight year of defeating Army. The women’s team won 236-84 to extend its streak to 25 years.
Navy blew the meet wide open from the first event, going 1-2 in the 200 medley relay. The team of Anna Brooks, Ellen Bradford, Rheanna Vaughn and Maddie Thompson went 1:42.53 for the win, and the B relay went 1:42.75 to top Army’s top squad’s time of 1:42.95.
Navy also went 1-2 in the first four individual races. Rachel Dudley won the 1000 in 9:55.04 followed by Sara Lopez, Charlotte Meyer went 1:49.13 to win the 200 free followed by Maddie Thompson and Anna Brooks (54.63) won the 100 back with Lauren Baguley second.
Ellen Bradford (1;02.61) and Colleen Randolph went 1-2 in the 100 breast, and were followed by two more teammates in a 1-4 sweep. Nicole Hetzer and Kristine Doan (who was exhibitioned as Navy could only score three in the event) were the next two to finish.
Rheanna Vaugh went 1:58.43 to win the 200 fly, Olivia Morrell won the 50 free in 23.03 and Julie Jesse took 1-meter diving with a score of 237.83 to round out the first half of the meet.
Morrell came back to win the 100 free in 50.22 and Charlotte Meyer took her second race, the 200 back in 1:58.08 before another Navy 1-2 in the 200 breast. Ellen Bradford completed her sweep of the breaststrokes, going 2:14.43 followed by Kristine Doan.
Army finally got on the board when Danielle Nuszkowski won the 500 free, touching out two Navy threats. Her 4:54.38 is an Army record, and she needed every tenth to get by Rachael Dudley (4:54.55) and Alyssa Dilldine (4:54.88) of Navy.
Keeping the momentum going for Army was Ariana Bullard, who won the 100 fly in 53.66, breaking a plebe (Army-speak for freshman) record and winning by a full second margin.
Julie Jesse took the 3-meter diving board to extend her diving sweep for Navy, scoring 248.25.
Charlotte Meyer picked up her third win of the night in the 200 IM, going 2:01.80 in a 1-2-3 sweep for Navy.
Finally, Navy put the cherry on the day by winning the 400 free relay in 3:23.08. The relay was made up of Olivia Morrell, Jessi Ford, Kenzie Margroum and Maddie Thompson.
Navy and Army went down to the wire in the 200 medley relay to open the night, with Navy going 1:27.37 to Army’s 1:27.80. Both teams were under the Patriot League record of 1:28.60 from 2012, and Army also broke an Academy record in the race. Navy’s win came with a pool record.
Alex Nickell went 9:10.64 to win the 1000 for Navy; his closest competitor was teammate Noah Martin, who took second.
The 200 free went to Hugh Davison of Navy, who went 1:36.00 to break both a pool record and a Patriot League record in another 1-2 sweep for the Naval Academy.
Brendan Walsh won the 100 back for Navy in 48.37. Samuel Mo broke an Academy record for Army in taking third place with a 49.71.
Navy also took the 100 breast with Sean Murphy’s 52.88 – he blew away the field and broke the Patriot League record. In addition, the Navy senior broke the pool record held by all-time great Michael Phelps at 53.75.
Sean Regen struck back for Army, winning the 200 fly in an Academy record 1:47.12. That was just ahead of Jonathan DeBaugh of Navy.
Dain Bomberger won the 50 free for Navy, going 19.75 and just missing the pool and Patriot League records by .01. Army’s Christopher Szekely, who finished second, broke an Army record with his 19.88.
The 1-meter diving event went to Benjamin Freedman of Navy with a score of 316.50.
Hugh Davison won his second event in the 100 free, going 44.26, followed closely by Christopher Szekely‘s 44.40.
In the 200 back, Connor Campbell went 1:45.81 to win for Navy, with teammate Joseph Lane second.
Another pool and Patriot League record went down in the 200 breast when Luke Hoffer went 1:54.31 to win easily for Navy. The Naval Academy put up another 1-2 finish in the event.
Navy went 1-2-3-4 in the 500 free, led by a pool and Patriot League record 4:17.27 for Thomas Duvall. Alex Nickell, Riley Mita and exhibitioned Noah Martin rounded out the Navy contingent.
Sean Regen won his second event for Army, setting another school record in the 100 fly with a 48.33. He won by just .02 over Navy’s Jonathan DeBaugh.
Benjamin Freedman completed his sweep of the diving boards by scoring 326.55 to win the 3-meter competition for Navy.
Army got one more win on the night, coming from Samuel Mo in the 200 IM. He went 1:50.03 and was followed by teammate William Viana for the 1-2 sweep on a tough night for Army.
Finally, Navy won the 400 free relay to close down the meet, with the team of Thomas Duvall, Daniel Bowden, Dain Bomberger and Hugh Davison going 2:58.45.