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Athletic Achievements – Naval Academy of Athletics

MEN
* 1945 NCAA Champions.
* Three Navy athletes have won a total of five NCAA individual titles – William Kash (’47), 440 yards. dash, 1945; John VanVelzer (’47), 100 yards. dash, 1945; Leo Williams (’83), indoor high jump, 1981 and ’82; outdoor high jump, 1981.
* The men’s track and field program has produced four U.S. Olympians – Joe Patterson (’36), 400 hurdles [4th place], 1936; James Dare (’68), obstacle course [Alt.], 1972; Ted Bregar (’73), hammer throw [Alt.], 1972; Leo Williams (’83), high jump [Alt.]1984.
* 32 athletes have won a total of 51 individual All-America honors
* 19-time Patriot League Champions (Indoor: 2004, ’05, ’08, ’11, ’13, ’14, ’15, ’16, ’17, ’18, ’20; Away: 2008, ’14, ’15, ’16, ’17, ’18, ’19, ’21).
* Navy has won the Patriot League outdoor title for seven consecutive years, while winning the Patriot League indoor title seven of the past eight seasons. (Note: no outdoor competition in 2020 and no indoor championship in 2021 due to COVID-19)
* Hired in the summer of 2017, head coach Jamie Cook was named Patriot League Coach of the Year nine times (Men’s Indoor: 2018, 20 20; Women’s Indoor: 2019, 20 20; Men’s Away: 2018 , ’19, ’21; Women’s Outdoor: 2019, 21), as well as a four-time USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year (Men’s Away: 2018, 2019, 21; Women’s Indoor: 2021).
* Zack Duncavage (’14) became the 28th member of the men’s track team to win the NAAA Sword for Men in the award’s 124-year history and the first field athlete to win the award since the high jumper in height Leo Williams in 1983. The epee is presented to this graduating man who is considered by the Association Athletic Council to have personally excelled in men’s athletics during his college competitive years.

WOMEN
* Won five Patriot League Indoor titles (2001, ’09, ’11, ’19, ’20) and five Patriot League Outdoor titles (2003, ’12, ’18, ’19, ’21). The women’s track and field team won the outdoor championship in three straight seasons for the first time in program history in 2018, 2019 and 2021, while winning back-to-back titles for the first time in the championship indoor in 2019 and 2020. (Note: no outdoor competition in 2020 and no indoor championship in 2021 due to COVID-19)
* Head Coach Jamie Cook was named Patriot League Indoor and Outdoor Coach of the Year during the 2018-19 season after leading the Navy to an indoor and outdoor title sweep outdoors for the first time in the program’s history. Additionally, he was named PL Coach of the Year after leading the women’s team to the 2020 Indoor and 2021 Outdoor Championships.
* Brigid Byrne (’13) was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American who earned first-team honors in 2013.
* Jess Palacio (’12) became the Navy’s first indoor All-American (one-mile run) in 2012.
* Kim McGreevey was the Navy’s first outside All-American, competing in the 3,000m race at the 1995 NCAA championship.
* 10 Navy track and field athletes were awarded the Vice Admiral Lawrence Sword for Women, which is presented to the female in class by the Association’s Athletic Council for personally excelling in women’s track and field during her years of college competition.
* Track and field athlete Sydney Barber (’21) became the first black female Brigade Commander in Naval Academy history in the spring of 2021. The Brigade Commander is the most senior leadership position within squad.
* Former student-athlete Maddy (Manhertz) Swegle (’17) became the first black female tactical jet pilot in Navy history. Swegle was a track and field athlete who primarily competed in the triple jump at the Naval Academy.
* Former student-athlete Kayla (Sax) Barron (’10) has been named a NASA astronaut candidate. After receiving a record number of applications from more than 18,300 applicants, NASA selected 12 women and men as the agency’s new astronaut candidates in 2017.