The Navy men have now been Patriot League champions for two decades. They amassed 1639.5 points to Army’s 1589 to clinch the 2024 team title.
The Army men managed to narrow Navy’s lead from 50 to 45 points, but it will still take a Herculean effort to snap Navy’s 19-year streak of conference titles.
Harm was named the Patriot League Swimmer of the Meet in 2023. Tonight, he clocked 19.49 to reset the pool, conference, and meet records in the 50 free.
The Loyola men picked up their first conference title ever in the 200 medley relay, resetting the pool, meet, and conference records in the process.
Even with new scored ‘C’ finals the Navy women are poised to continue their streak. Meanwhile, Army takes another shot at toppling Navy on the men’s side.
Bigham owns personal best times in the 100 and 200 breaststroke that would have scored at the 2023 Patriot League Championships.
Victor Baganha continued his strong junior campaign for the Nittany Lions (4-2), picking up wins in the 50-yard freestyle (20.14) and 100 butterfly (47.91).
The seven-point margin of victory for the Navy men was the slimmest since the Midshipmen beat the Black Knights, 125-118, way back in 1993.
NC State’s Katharine Berkoff highlights the women’s 100 back on Day 2 of the NC State Invite after a very strong showing in the 50 free on Thursday.
Gring, who has a 200 free personal best nearly four seconds faster than the rest of her team, showed her promise early on by winning three races at this meet.
Howe was the former associate head coach at Providence College, while Siar had spent the last five seasons at Army West-Point.
Crush’s 100 back time is ranked second in the the high school class of 2024 and makes him faster than Army’s team record time of 47.22.
It came down to the final relay and the Navy men extended their conference title streak. They beat Army by just 10 points, their narrowest margin of victory.
American’s Mimi Watts (pictured) and Loyola’s Lily Mead both won their second gold medals of the week, winning the 100 fly and 100 back, respectively.
Navy has controlled the Patriot League for over a decade, but there might be a changing of the guard this year on the men’s side.