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Around the Yard: Navy Midshipmen compete at NCAA National Championships and more

The Navy Midshipmen had some seasons come to end this past week. However, other sports are still continuing to win mid-season.

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Once again, Naval Academy Athletics perform exceptionally this past week with team wins in Track and Field, Women’s Lacrosse, Baseball, and others. Additionally, individual midshipmen stood out in Swimming, Wrestling, and Women’s Tennis.

Women’s Lacrosse

The Navy Women’s Lacrosse team improved there season record to 7-2 with a 2-0 record in Patriot League play with a 17-4 win over Bucknell. Navy currently ranks at number 14 in the nation.

Last season as a junior, Marie Valenti broke the school record for most caused turnovers. Against Bucknell, Valenti became the sixth player ever in the Patriot League to cause 100 or more turnovers. She has been instrumental in leading the Midshipmen defense over her career at Navy.

Tonight, the women take on Lehigh at 5 pm eastern time. On Saturday, March 30th, Navy will host Holy Cross at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Track and Field

Last weekend, the Navy Track and Field team competed in the Dan Stimson Memorial Meet. There, the Midshipmen made tons of noise. Not only did they finish in first place as a team, the individual performances yielded Patriot League weekly honors for four competitors.

Sophomore Eric Hughey earned Patriot League Male Track Athlete of the Week. Junior Regine Tugade was awarded Female Track Athlete of the Week. Furthermore, Hayden Fox and Jadyn Tiracave both earned Patriot League Rookies of the Week for the male and female divisions.

These athletes will have their next opportunity to showcase their skills on Saturday, March 29th, when the Naval Academy hosts the Navy Spring Invitational.

Wrestling

This past weekend, five Navy wrestlers competed in the NCAA National Championship. While none of them advanced in the tournament, they all should be recognized for their incredible seasons and the hard work and dedication they have done in representing Navy. Nicholas Gil, a senior, wrestled his last collegiate match, but the other four members of the team will be coming back next season for another shot at victory to include: Jared Prince, Tanner Skidgel, Spencer Carey, and Joshua Roetman.

Navy Baseball

This past week Navy Baseball played doubleheaders against both Holy Cross and Army. In each matchup, the Midshipmen won a game a piece. Both games against Army ended in a score of 5-2. However, only in the first game did the Midshipmen find themselves on the winning side. In this win, Noah Song, Navy’s star pitcher, allowed only two hits while striking out 13 batters.

This afternoon at 4pm eastern, the Midshipmen will travel to Georgetown to take on the Hoyas. Saturday, they will play an away doubleheader against Lafayette.

Women’s Swimming

Lauren Barber, Navy’s star senior on the Women’s Swimming and Diving team added yet another notch in her illustrious career this past Saturday when she earned eighth place in 200m Breaststroke at the NCAA National Championship. However, her placing isn’t what made noise. It was the fact that her performance earned her Honorable Mention All-America honors. Barber is not the the first women’s swimmer in Patriot League and Navy history to earn such recognition.