CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – The Navy men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams opened the 2018-2019 season in strong fashion, by defeating Connecticut and falling to LSU in Annapolis, Md. The Midshipmen swept the first week of Patriot League Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving weekly awards when they were announced by the League office on Tuesday.

Brayden Lauffer was named Patriot League Male Swimmer of the Week for scoring two first-place finishes and three top 18 times in the nation last week. Fellow Mid Lauren Barber was named Patriot League Female Swimmer of the Week when she posted three first-place finishes and four top 12 times in the nation. Her 100-yard Individual Medley (IM) time of 57.22 is currently the third fastest time in women’s NCAA Division I swimming this season.

Navy junior Bradley Buchter and freshman Hannah Montau were named Patriot League Male and Female Diver of the Week, respectively, after both scoring the most diving points in the League this past weekend. Buchter’s 1-meter score of 363.50 is currently the fifth-highest score in men’s NCAA Division I diving this season. Montau tied for third in the 1-meter dive (252.20) and placed fourth in the 3-meter dive (281.10) in her collegiate diving debut.

Honorable mentions were given to Army West Point senior Jay Yang, Army West Point senior Cecelia Croman, Lehigh sophomore Tyler Keller, and Boston University freshman Katherine Russack.

Upcoming Meets in the Patriot League
Friday, Oct. 12

UMBC at Navy (M/W)

Army West Point at UMass (M/W)

Howard, Manhattan at American (M/W)

Saturday, Oct. 13

Colgate at Loyola Maryland (M/W)

Boston University, Richmond at Bucknell (M/W)

Holy Cross at Iona (M/W)

MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
Brayden Lauffer, Navy, Sr., Apex, N.C. /Apex High School

*Lauffer placed first against the University of Connecticut and Louisiana State University in both the 200-yard IM and the 200-yard Breaststroke, posting times of 1:51.10 and 2:02.56 respectively.

*He also posted a second place finish in the 100-yard IM in a time of 51.83.

*All three of his times placed in the top 18 fastest times in the nation for NCAA Division I Swimming last week.

FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
Lauren Barber, Navy, Sr., New Wilmington, Pa. /Wilmington

Barber opened her senior season with three first-place and one second-place individual finishes versus UConn and LSU last weekend.

*She swam the 200-yard IM (2:02.62), 200-yard breaststroke (2:16.48), 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.16) and the 100-yard IM (57.22).

*All four times are currently in the top 12 best times in the nation this season.

MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
Bradley Buchter, Navy, Jr., Hickory, N.C./Trinity

*Buchter placed second overall versus UConn and LSU in the 1-meter dive with a score of 363.50.

*His 1-meter score is currently good for the fifth-best in the nation.

*He also placed fourth overall in the 3-meter dive with a score of 331.80.

FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
Hannah Montau, Navy, Fr., Germantown, Md. /Seneca Valley


*Montau nabbed a third-place tie and a fourth-place finish in her collegiate diving debut against UConn and LSU.

*She scored 252.20 in the 1-meter dive and 281.10 in the 3-meter dive.

HONORABLE MENTION
Jay Yang, Army West Point, Sr., Las Vegas, Nev. /Advanced Technologies Academy

*Yang posted the third-best time in the nation and a first-place finish at the TYR Fall Classic in the 400-yard IM (3:58.92).

*He also tied for first in the 200-yard IM (1:52.58) and placed third in the 200-yard backstroke (1:52.20).

Cecelia Croman, Army West Point, Sr., Corpus Christi, Tex. /Richard King

*Croman placed first in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 56.61 at the TYR Fall Classic last weekend.

*Her 200-yard backstroke time of 2:04.02 was also good for second-place. Croman was the lone cadet on the women’s side to earn two medals at the meet.

Tyler Keller, Lehigh, So., Allentown, Pa. /Salisbury

*Keller posted a first-place finish in the 3-meter dive (282.60) and a second-place finish in the 1-meter dive (256.60) versus Boston University and Northeastern University last weekend.

*His 3-meter score was 44.3 points higher than the second place score.

Kate Russack, Boston University, Fr., Old Greenwich, Conn. /Greenwich

*Russack posted a first-place finish in the 1-meter dive (245.18) and a second-place finish in the 3-meter dive (249.05) versus Lehigh and Northeastern in her collegiate diving debut.

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