ANNAPOLIS, MD. - North Carolina's men's and women's swimming and diving teams swept dual meets with the U.S. Naval Academy Saturday afternoon at Lejeune Hall.
The UNC men's team won 175.5-124.5 while the women prevailed by a score of 213-84.
The meet was swum in a unique short course meters format for a college dual.
"Today we had a great meet against a great host, the U.S. Naval Academy. We were honored to be the first team to help Navy inaugurate its newly renovated natatorium," said UNC head coach Rich DeSelm. "They did a great job updating their facility and we had fun competing against their men and women.
"It is great to get back to competing after a long layoff since the Ohio State Invitational, exams, the holidays and our training trip in Florida. Today, we swam in a non-traditional course, short course meters, which was a great experience for our team and gave us a chance to focus on racing and strategy."
The Tar Heel women were dominant, winning 14 of the 16 events. Nine different Tar Heel women won individual events. The Heels were led by senior Katie Nolan and sophomore Danielle Siverling who each won two individual events and swam on a winning relay. Nolan took both the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly while Siverling notched wins in both the 100 and 200 freestyles. Freshman Emma Nunn took a pair of individual wins, garnering first place in the 200 meter fly and 400 meter IM. Both senior Carly Smith and sophomore Nikki Barczak won individual events and swam on winning relays.
"While today's times obviously don't compare well with any yards times we've done thus far this season, some individuals of note on the women's side were senior co-captain Katie Nolan, sophomore Danielle Siverling, and freshman Emma Nunn," DeSelm commented. "Katie continues to have an impressive season and, today, won the 100 fly & 100 back and led off our fastest 400 free relay. Danielle had outstanding splits while winning both the 200 and 100 freestyles and joined Nolan on the free relay. Emma Nunn won both the 200 fly and 400 IM after placing third in the 800 free. Today's win, though, was a great team effort with everyone contributing to our victory."
The men's meet was a bit tighter with UNC prevailing on the strength of two relay wins and nine individual wins. A cadre of freshmen led the Tar Heels. Ozzie Moyer swept the diving events for Carolina and Matt Kwatyra seized wins in the 200 backstroke and 400 IM. First-year Nic Graesser swam on both winning relays for Carolina and took first in the 100 backstroke. Juniors J.T. Stilley (200 freestyle and 400 free relay) and Kyle Ficker (two relay wins) also helped lead the Tar Heels to the win.
"Our men also brought a balanced attack to the meet as well, with a few freshmen stepping up with wins. Matt Kwatyra won the 200 back and 400 IM, Nic Graesser the 100 Back and was on two winning relays. Ozzie Moyer won both diving events and Mitch DeForest went wire-to-wire in the 800 free with one of the best times ever swum in the Navy pool. Again, many of our men found a way to contribute to the team win" said DeSelm.
Carolina will be in action again next Saturday when it swims at the University of Virginia. The men's meet begins at noon and the women's meet at 3 p.m. "We are looking forward to another week of training and preparation as we face The University of Virginia in Charlottesville next Saturday," said DeSelm.
The 17th-ranked Tar Heel men improved to 4-0 in dual meets this season while the 15th-ranked women are now 3-1 on the campaign.
Final Men's Team Score
North Carolina 175.5, Navy 124.5
Final Women's Team Score
North Carolina 213, Navy 84
Men's Events Winners
800-Meter Freestyle: Mitch DeForest (UNC), 8:05.77
200-Meter Freestyle: J.T. Stilley (UNC), 1:51.45
100-Meter Backstroke: Nic Graesser (UNC), 55.05
100-Meter Breaststroke: Sean Murphy (Navy), 1:02.87
200-Meter Butterfly: Tom Luchsinger (UNC), 2:00.44
50-Meter Freestyle: Robbie Parker (Navy), 22.95
Three-Meter Diving: Ozzie Moyer (UNC), 366.15
100-Meter Freestyle: Hugh Davison (Navy), 50.96
200-Meter Backstroke: Matt Kwatyra (UNC), 2:00.54
200-Meter Breaststroke: Luke Hoffer (Navy), 2:16.88
400-Meter Freestyle: Thomas Duvall (Navy), 3:55.80
100-Meter Butterfly: Sam Lewis (UNC), 54.78
One-Meter Diving: Ozzie Moyer (UNC), 316.50
400-Meter Individual Medley: Matt Kwatyra (UNC), 4:25.12
Women's Events Winners
800-Meter Freestyle: Kelsey Cummings (UNC), 8:41.40
200-Meter Freestyle: Danielle Siverling (UNC), 1:59.88
100-Meter Backstroke: Katie Nolan (UNC), 1:02.33
100-Meter Breaststroke: Laura Gorinski (Navy), 1:11.09
200-Meter Butterfly: Emma Nunn (UNC), 2:11.79
50-Meter Freestyle: Nikki Barczak (UNC), 26.03
One-Meter Diving: Emily Schmidt (UNC), 265.13
100-Meter Freestyle: Danielle Siverling (UNC), 56.51
200-Meter Backstroke: Carly Smith (UNC), 2:15.52
200-Meter Breaststroke: Laura Gorinski (Navy), 2:33.71
400-Meter Freestyle: Stephanie Peacock (UNC), 4:12.12
100-Meter Butterfly: Katie Nolan (UNC), 1:01.07
Three-Meter Diving: Natalie Ritter (UNC), 290.25
400-Meter Individual Medley: Emma Nunn (UNC), 4:48.10
Top UNC Finishers (If Not Event Winner)
200-Meter Breaststroke: David Speese (4th), 1:04.02
50-Meter Freestyle: Logan Heck (2nd), 23.10
100-Meter Freestyle: Logan Heck (2nd), 51.05
200-Meter Breaststroke: Brian Bollerman (5th), 2:20.15
400-Meter Freestyle: J.T. Stilley (2nd), 3:58.81
100-Meter Breaststroke: Katie Rechsteiner (2nd), 1:12.22200-Meter Breaststroke: Katie Rechsteiner (2nd), 2:34.83