Five Mariners Earn NCAA Cuts And An Academy Record Falls At Metropolitan Championship Meet

Five Mariners Earn NCAA Cuts And An Academy Record Falls At Metropolitan Championship Meet

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Feb. 21, 2016) – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy men's swimming & diving team took part in the competitive Metropolitan Collegiate Championship Meet this past weekend in New Jersey at Rutgers University. The event featured one Division I team, numerous Division II teams and several Division III teams. The Marines closed out the meet in fifth place overall and third out of D3 teams.

Five Mariners recorded NCAA qualifying marks at the event. Senior Gerrit Porter (Houston, Texas) earned cuts in the one- and three-meter diving events. Junior Stone Hewitt (Destin, Fla.) made the marks in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. Sophomore Adam Fisher (Edgerton, Wisc.) earned a spot at diving regionals in the one-meter dive. Freshman Christopher Kahl (Solomons, Md.) recorded a D3B cut time in the 200 backstroke and junior Karl Sasse (Frederick, Md.) had an NCAA qualifying time in the 100 breaststroke.

The Academy's one-meter diving mark was also broken this weekend by Porter, who recorded a score 563.75 in the preliminaries of the event on Friday afternoon. The record was previously set in 2010 by former Mariner Nicholas Halbach '11, who was a National Champion Diver for Merchant Marine.

The following swimmers and divers reached the finals in their respective events:

  • Freshman Matheus Macedo (Elk Grove, Calif.), sophomore Joshua Jepsen (San Diego, Calif.), senior William Kelsik (New Castle, Ind.) and Sasse, who finished fifth in the 200 freestyle relay with a finals time of 1:26.35 (1:27.27 in prelims)
  • Freshman Logan Propst (Valencia, Calif.), who finished 19th in the 500 freestyle with a finals time of 4:47.26 (4:48.25 in prelims)
  • Senior Blair Roberts (South Jordan, Utah), who finished 13th in the 200 individual medley with a finals time of 1:58.60 (1:57.67 in prelims)
  • Jepsen, who finished 23rd in the 200 IM with a finals time of 1:59.31 (1:59.02 in prelims)
  • Macedo, who finished 10th in the 50 freestyle with a finals time of 21.23 (21.35 in prelims)
  • Sasse, who finished 22nd in the 50 free with a finals time of 21.98 (22.17 in prelims)
  • Porter, who finished second in the one-meter dive with a finals score of 535.75 (563.75 in prelims)
  • Fisher, who finished fifth in the one-meter dive with a finals score of 412.50 (440.05 in prelims)
  • Kahl, Sasse, Kelsik and Propst, who finished fifth in the 400 medley relay with a finals time of 3:25.19 (3:27.99 in prelims)
  • Roberts, junior John Terselic (Tijera, N.M.), senior Alex Rodgers (Lake Hopatcong, N.J.) and Sasse, who finished sixth in the 200 freestyle relay with a finals time of 1:34.38 (1:37.86 in prelims)
  • Freshman Nicholas Fox (Clive, Iowa), who finished 16th in the 400 individual medley with a finals time of 4:22.17 (4:22.35 in prelims)
  • Freshman Bryce Carroll (Wellsville, Pa.), who finished 19th in the 400 IM with a finals time of 4:28.21 (4:29.35 in prelims)
  • Kelsik, who finished 12th in the 100 butterfly with a finals time of 50.89 (51.13 in prelims)
  • Jepsen, who finished 22nd in the 100 fly with a finals time of 52.31 (52.48 in prelims)
  • Propst, who finished 17th in the 200 freestyle with a finals time of 1:43.80 (1:44.65 in prelims)
  • Hewitt, who finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke with a finals time of 56.54 (56.53 in prelims)
  • Sasse, who finished sixth in the 100 breast with a finals time of 57.12 (57.42 in prelims)
  • Junior Robert Zagaja (Centerport, N.Y.), who finished 19th in the 100 breast with a finals time of 1:01.54 (1:01.33 in prelims)
  • Kahl, who finished ninth in the 100 backstroke with a finals time of 51.72 (51.94 in prelims)
  • Roberts, who finished 15th in the 100 back with a finals time of 53.70 (52.92 in prelims)
  • Kahl, who finished third in the 200 backstroke with a finals time of 1:51.21 (1:51.15 in prelims)
  • Roberts, who finished 12th in the 200 back with a finals time of 1:55.10 (1:55.84 in prelims)
  • Macedo, who finished 21st in the 100 freestyle with a finals time of 47.59 (48.07 in prelims)
  • Hewitt, who finished third in the 200 breaststroke with a finals time of 2:04.41 (2:03.92 in prelims)
  • Sasse, who finished ninth in the 200 breast with a finals time of 2:06.07 (2:09.21 in prelims)
  • Terselic, who finished 12th in the 200 breast with a finals time of 2:08.56 (2:09.67 in prelims)
  • Zagaja, who finished 18th in the 200 breast with a finals time of 2:16.32 (2:15.94 in prelims)
  • Carroll, who finished 20th in the 200 breast with a finals time of 2:19.64 (2:18.73 in prelims)
  • Kelsik, who finished 10th in the 200 butterfly with a finals time of 1:55.22 (1:54.89 in prelims)
  • Jepsen, who finished 13th in the 200 fly with a finals time of 1:57.27 (1:58.64 in prelims)
  • Sophomore Jordan Weaver (Olive Branch, Miss.), who finished 15th in the 200 fly with a finals time of 1:57.35 (1:58.39 in prelims)
  • Porter, who finished third in the three-meter dive with a finals score of 540.15 (539.35 in prelims)
  • Fisher, who finished fifth in the 3m dive with a finals score of 426.10 (414.85 in prelims)
  • Freshman David Argueta (Englewood, N.J.), who finished eighth in the 3m dive with a finals score of 303.45 (294.40 in prelims)
  • Macedo, Roberts, Sasse and Kelsik, who finished sixth in the 400 freestyle relay with a finals time of 3:09.06 (3:13.64 in prelims)

The Mariners also had two other top-10 finishes on the weekend, as the 800 freestyle relay squad of Propst, junior Kevin Sweetman (Austin, Texas), Jepsen and Terselic placed third in 7:05.23 and, individually, Sweetman placed sixth in the 1650 freestlye with a time of 16:47.87.

Up next, Porter and Fisher will compete in the NCAA Diving Regional Meet next weekend for a chance to qualify for the National Championships. The rest of the Mariner swimmers will await word from the NCAA on whether their qualifying marks from throughout the year were low enough to get into the National Championship Meet.

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