KINGS POINT, N.Y. (March 26, 2019) – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy men's swimming & diving team had its best placement at the NCAA Championships in 18th-year head coach Sean Tedesco's tenure at Kings Point. The Mariners finished the four-day event this past weekend in 15th place with a total of 76 points.
Merchant Marine boasted six All-Americans, which ties the 2007 squad, and the Mariners brought home from Greensboro, N.C., a total of 15 All-American certificates, which is the most in a single season in Academy history.
Junior Nolan Monahan (Stafford, Va.) earned a team-high five All-American certs in the 200 freestyle relay, the 400 medley relay, the 100 breaststroke, the 200 breaststroke and the 400 free relay.
Sophomore Daniel Moore (Riverview, Fla.) brought home three All-American certs in the 200 free relay, the 400 medley relay and the 400 free relay. Earning two certs were junior Caelin Weaver (Olive Branch, Miss.) in the 400 medley and 400 free relays, sophomore Jack Welch (Chesapeake, Va.) in the 200 free and 400 free relays and freshman Patrick Tolloti (Dover, Ohio) in the 400 medley relay and the 100 breast.
Rounding out the Mariners' All-Americans was sophomore Jack Higgins (Needham, Mass.), who was the first leg of the 200 free relay on Thursday.
There were a total of four Academy Records set during the week – the 400 medley relay team of Weaver, Tolloti, Monahan and Moore on Thursday broke it once during the prelims (3:19.86) and then again in the finals (3:18.87), while Monahan set new marks in the prelims of both the 100 breast (54.45) and the 200 breast (1:59.62).
The following lifetime bests were also achieved by three swimmers:
- Tolloti in the prelims of the 200 individual medley (1:52.82) and the 100 breast (55.04)
- Monahan in the prelims of the 50 free (20.70) and the 100 and 200 breast
- Weaver in the 100 back (49.79) leading off 400 medley relay in the prelims
Below are all of the Mariners that placed at the NCAA Championships.
- Monahan came in fifth in the nation in the 100 breaststroke (Finals Time: 54.71)
- The 200 free relay team of Higgins, Monahan, Moore and Welch placed eighth (Finals Time: 1:21.85)
- Monahan came in eighth in the 200 breast (Finals Time: 2:00.83)
- The 400 free relay team of Moore, Welch, Weaver and Monahan placed 10th (Finals Time: 3:01.14)
- Tolloti came in 12th in the 100 breast (Finals Time: 55.16)
- The 400 medley relay team of Weaver, Tolloti, Monahan and Moore placed 12th (Finals Time: 3:18.87)
For the complete results from the NCAA Championship Meet, follow this link.
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