PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Feb. 18, 2018) – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy men's swimming & diving team had a phenomenal weekend at the 2018 Metropolitan Conference Championships at Rutgers University this past weekend. The Mariners came in second place overall out of the 17 teams that competed, finishing with 1208 points, ahead of nationally-ranked #20 TCNJ (third place, 1207 points) and #19 Stevens (fourth place, 962 points). Rowan was the 2018 Champion with 1394.5 points.
To add to the dramatics of the weekend, second place came down to the final event of the three-day meet, the 400 free relay on Sunday evening, where USMMA's squad of freshman Daniel Moore (Riverview, Fla.), junior Matheus Macedo (Elk Grove, Calif.), freshman Jack Welch (Chesapeake, Va.) and sophomore Nolan Monahan (Stafford, Va.) out-touched TCNJ's squad by just 29-hundreths of a second to earn 54 points and bring the Mariners' event total just one point ahead of the Lions.
As a team, the Mariners came home with two plaques for Overall Runner Up and Division III Runner Up and 17th year head coach Sean Tedesco was named the Men's Swimming Coach of the Year. USMMA had a total of eight NCAA Qualifying Marks achieved on the weekend – five on the swimming side and three on the diving side.
It was all NCAA "B Cuts" for the swimmers, as Monahan achieved a team-best two cuts in the 100 breaststroke (56.27, second place overall) and the 200 breast (2:03.01, second place overall); classmate Michael Moore (Los Alamos, N.M.) hit a qualifying time when he won the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:02.09; junior Christopher Kahl (Solomons, Md.) earned a cut in the 200 backstroke, coming in second place in 1:50.08; and Dan Moore achieved a qualifying time in the 50 free with his second-place finish in 20.65.
In diving action, freshman Gillem McMillan (Knoxville, Tenn.) earned NCAA cuts on both the one-meter and three-meter boards. He finished in third place in the finals of the one-meter board, but in the preliminaries he achieved an NCAA Qualifying mark of 438.90. In the three-meter dive, the rookie came in third place in the finals with an NCAA cut score of 461.10. Junior Thomas Curry (Los Angeles, Calif.) officially booked his ticket to the NCAA Diving Regionals after his one-meter dive preliminary score of 433.35, before he went on to finish in sixth place in the finals of the event.
Four new Academy records were set on the weekend – Dan Moore's 50 free time of 20.65; Mike Moore's 4:02.09 in the 400 IM, which broke a record set back in 2001; the 200 free relay team of Dan Moore, Welch, freshman Jack Higgins (Needham, Mass.) and Monahan with a 1:22.88, which was good for second place; and the 200 medley relay team of Kahl, Monahan, sophomore Caelin Weaver (Olive Branch, Miss.) and Welch with a time of 1:32.18, which also came in second place.
Listed below are all the individual top-eight finishers.
- 200 IM – Monahan (1:52.50, first place) and Mike Moore (1:53.40, third place)
- 50 Free – Dan Moore (20.65, second place)
- 3M Dive – McMillan (461.10, third place), Curry (387.45, sixth place) and freshman Calvin Kim (Bellevue, Wash.) (294.30, eighth place)
- 400 IM – Mike Moore (4:02.09, first place)
- 200 Free – Dan Moore (1:41.63, fifth place)
- 100 Breast – Monahan (56.27, second place) and Higgins (57.27, fifth place)
- 100 Back – Kahl (51.57, sixth place) and C. Weaver (51.61, seventh place)
- 1M Dive – McMillan (419.70, third place), Curry (358.40, sixth place) and Kim (330.60, seventh place)
- 1650 Free – freshman John Cairns (Durham, N.C.) (16:30.48, seventh place) and classmate Jake Breschi (Perry Hall, Md.) (16:30.59, eighth place)
- 200 Back – Kahl (1:50.08, second place)
- 100 Free – Dan Moore (45.70, second place)
- 200 Breast – Monahan (2:03.01, second place), Higgins (2:06.32, fourth place) and Mike Moore (2:07.54, sixth place)
Listed below are the finishes of the Mariner relay teams.
- 200 Free – Dan Moore, Welch, Higgins and Monahan (1:22.88, second place)
- 200 Medley – Kahl, Monahan, C. Weaver and Welch (1:32.18, second place)
- 800 Free – Dan Moore, Mike Moore, Cairns and Breschi (6:56.73, fourth place)
- 400 Free – Dan Moore, Macedo, Welch and Monahan (3:03.66, third place)
Up next, the Mariner divers that qualified for NCAA Regionals, McMillan and Curry, will travel to the NCAA Northeast/North Regional Diving Meet hosted by Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt. on Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3. The Mariner swimmers that hit B-cuts will find out if they will be invited to the NCAA National Championship Meet next Wednesday, Feb. 28.
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