Mariner Men Are Met Conference Champs! Garner Rookie Of The Year, Swim Coach Of The Year & Dive Coach Of The Year

Mariner Men Are Met Conference Champs! Garner Rookie Of The Year, Swim Coach Of The Year & Dive Coach Of The Year

Photo taken by Debbie Carroll.

Complete Results 

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Feb. 24, 2019  – UPDATED Feb. 26, 2019) – The USMMA men's swimming & diving team won the 2019 Metropolitan Conference Championship! The Mariners scored 1,488 points to lead the pack at the ultra-competitive meet, ahead of second place TCNJ (1,413 points) and third place Rowan (1,189). It's believed that this is the first time that Merchant Marine has won the Met Championships since 1996. 

The Mariners boasted the 2019 Met Conference Rookie of the Year in freshman Patrick Tolloti (Dover, Ohio), the Swim Coach of the Year in Sean Tedesco (for the second straight season), and the Diving Coach of the Year in Johan C. Lopez

14 NCAA Cuts were hit by individuals during the week and four relay teams also hit qualifying times, with two of the leadoff swimmers also attaining NCAA marks. There's likely a chance that those times can turn into invitations to the NCAA Tournament in March. More information on the NCAA invites will be available later this week. Additionally, a total of 10 Academy records were broken and first-place finishes were achieved. 

Listed below are all of the NCAA Cuts that were hit at the meet. 

  • Junior Nolan Monahan (Stafford, Va.) in the 200 IM Prelims (1:51.53)
  • Sophomore Jack Higgins (Needham, Mass.) in the 50 Freestyle Prelims (20.58)
  • Freshman Daniel Moore (Riverview, Fla.) in the 50 Freestyle Prelims (20.66)
  • Sophomore Gillem McMillan (Knoxville, Tenn.) in the 1M Dive Finals (459.30)
  • Senior Thomas Curry (Knoxville, Tenn.) in the 1M Dive Finals (443.60)
  • Monahan in the 100 Breaststroke Prelims (54.95)
  • Tolloti in the 100 Breaststroke Prelims (55.68)
  • Tolloti in the 100 Breaststroke Finals (55.20)
  • Monahan in the 100 Breaststroke Finals (55.25)
  • Senior Christopher Kahl (Solomons, Md.) in the 200 Backstroke Prelims (1:48.28)
  • Monahan in the 200 Breaststroke Prelims (2:00.89)
  • Higgins in the 50 Freestyle Finals (20.62)
  • Tolloti in the 200 Breaststroke Prelims (2:02.50)
  • Kahl in the 200 Backstroke Finals (1:49.55)
  • Monahan in the 200 Breaststroke Prelims (2:00.89)
  • Monahan in the 200 Breaststroke Finals (2:01.02)
  • Tolloti in the 200 Breaststroke Prelims (2:02.50)
  • Tolloti in the 200 Breaststroke Finals (2:01.90)
  • McMillan in the 3M Dive Prelims (505.05)
  • McMillan in the 3M Dive Finals (526.25)
  • Curry in the 3M Dive Prelims (451.85)
  • D. Moore in the 100 Freestyle leading off the 400 Free Relay (45.08)
  • Junior Michael Moore (Los Alamos, N.M.) in the 200 Breaststroke (2:04.14)
  • D. Moore, sophomore Jack Welch (Chesapeake, Va.), Higgins and Monahan in the 200 Freestyle Relay Finals (1:21.46)
  • Freshman Matthew Mizell (Merritt Island, Fla.), Tolloti, junior Caelin Weaver (Olive Branch, Miss.) and Monahan in the 400 Medley Relay Finals (3:20.61)
  • Kahl, Monahan, Weaver and Welch in the 200 Medley Relay Finals (1:30.16)
  • D. Moore, Welch, Weaver and Monahan in the 400 Freestyle Relay (3:00.41)

Listed below are all of the 10 Academy records that were set at the meet. 

  • Higgins in the 50 Freestyle Prelims (20.58)
  • M. Moore in the 400 Individual Medley Prelims (4:01.81)
  • Monahan in the 100 Breaststroke Prelims (54.95)
  • Monahan in the 200 Breaststroke Prelims (2:00.89)
  • Welch, D. Moore, Weaver and Higgins in the 200 Freestyle Relay Prelims (1:22.48)
  • D. Moore, Welch, Higgins and Monahan in the 200 Freestyle Relay Finals (1:21.46)
  • Kahl, Tolloti, freshman Steven Rothe (Tucson, Ariz.) and D. Moore in the 400 Medley Relay Prelims (3:21.59)
  • Mizell, Tolloti, Weaver and Monahan in the 400 Medley Relay Finals (3:20.61)
  • Kahl, Monahan, Weaver and Welch in the 200 Medley Relay Finals (1:30.16)
  • D. Moore, Welch, Weaver and Monahan in the 400 Free Relay (3:00.41)

Finally, listed below are all the Mariners that attained top-eight finishes in the finals at the meet. 

  • First Place - Monahan in the 200 Breaststroke (2:01.02)
  • First Place - Tolloti in the 100 Breaststroke (55.20)
  • T-Second Place – D. Moore in the 200 Freestyle (1:40.78)
  • Second Place - Weaver in the 100 Butterfly (50.15)
  • Second Place - Kahl in the 200 Backstroke (1:49.55)
  • Second Place – D. Moore in the 100 Freestyle (45.57)
  • Second Place - McMillan in the 3M Dive (526.25)
  • Second Place - Higgins in the 50 Freestyle (20.62)
  • Second Place – M. Moore in the 400 IM (4:02.42)
  • Second Place - Monahan in the 100 Breaststroke (55.25)
  • Third Place - McMillan in the 1M Dive (459.30)
  • Third Place - Welch in the 50 Freestyle (20.82)
  • Third Place - Mizell in the 200 Backstroke (1:50.39)
  • Third Place - Monahan in the 200 IM (1:52.58)
  • Fourth Place - Kahl in the 100 Backstroke (50.31)
  • Fourth Place - Welch in the 100 Freestyle (46.23)
  • Fourth Place - Tolloti in the 200 Breaststroke (2:01.90)
  • Fourth Place - Curry in the 1M Dive (443.60)
  • Fourth Place - Curry in the 3M Dive (423.55)
  • Fifth Place – D. Moore in the 50 Freestyle (20.89)
  • Fifth Place – Senior Dave Argueta (Englewood, N.J.) in the 3M Dive (372.30)
  • Fifth Place – M. Moore in the 200 Breaststroke (2:04.14)
  • Fifth Place – M. Moore in the 200 IM (1:53.91)
  • Sixth Place - Higgins in the 100 Breaststroke (56.56)
  • Sixth Place - Mizell in the 100 Backstroke (50.59)
  • Seventh Place - Mizell in the 500 Freestyle (4:44.00)
  • Seventh Place - Rothe in the 100 Butterfly (51.41)
  • Seventh Place - Rothe in the 200 Butterfly (1:56.87)
  • Eighth Place - Kahl in the 200 IM (1:55.72)
  • Eighth Place - Argueta in the 1M Dive (334.15)
  • Eighth Place – Sophomore Jake Breschi (Perry Hall, Md.) in the 1650 Freestyle (16:35.92)
  • Eighth Place – Sophomore John Cairns (Durham, N.C.) in the 200 Backstroke (1:57.08)
  • First Place – D. Moore, Welch, Weaver, Monahan in the 400 Freestyle Relay (3:00.41)
  • First Place – D. Moore, Welch, Higgins, Monahan in the 200 Freestyle Relay (1:21.46)
  • Second Place - Kahl, Monahan, Weaver, Welch in the 200 Medley Relay (1:30.16)
  • Second Place - Mizell, Tolloti, Weaver, Monahan in the 400 Medley Relay (3:20.61)
  • Third Place – D. Moore, Mizell, Cairns, Breschi in the 800 Freestyle Relay (6:56.64)

The complete results from the meet can be found at this link

Three Mariner divers – McMillan, Curry and sophomore Calvin Kim (Bellevue, Wash.) – will look to qualify for nationals through the NCAA Diving Regional Meet next weekend, March 1-2, up at MIT in Cambridge, Mass. 

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