Patriot League Weekly Awards (1.7.13)

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Jan. 7, 2013

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for Dec. 31-Jan. 6 in swimming and diving and track and field.

Two schools and three teams were in action last week in swimming and diving, as both Bucknell squads and the Navy men were back in the pool against tough competition. The Bison captured three of the four weekly honors.

Four teams returned to action in indoor track and field over the weekend, highlighted by the Navy men winning a dual meet against Princeton for the first time in 10 meetings and multiple ECAC/IC4A qualifiers on both the men and women’s sides.

Patriot League Swimming and Diving Weekly Awards

MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
MIKE NICHOLSON, BUCKNELL
Jr., Chappaqua, N.Y.
Nicholson won a pair of individual races and turned in a runner-up finish in Bucknell’s 209-91 loss at Columbia Saturday. The junior touched the wall first in the 200-yard butterfly in 1:50.29, while his second victory came in the 200 IM (1:54.49). He clocked a 51.34 in the 100 fly to take second. Nicholson was one of two Bison to post a pair of first-place finishes in the meet versus the Lions.

FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
LAUREN PERRY, BUCKNELL
So., Syracuse, N.Y.
Perry was Bucknell’s top finisher in her three individual events, taking second place each time. She clocked a 24.83 in the 50 free, a 53.50 in the 100 free and a 1:53.78 in the 200 free. In addition, she was part of Bucknell’s 800 free relay foursome that also finished second in 7:57.40.

MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
BEN FREEDMAN, NAVY
Jr., Kennewick, Wash.
Freedman placed third from both boards in Navy’s 182-115 loss at No. 23 Princeton Saturday. His largest point total came from the three-meter board (320.10), where he was just 3.23 points out of second place. Freedman was also strong in the one-meter competition with 275.47 points, just 4.58 out of second. He’s been in the top three in both the one- and three-meter dives six of eight times in 2012-13.

FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
KATIE HETHERINGTON, BUCKNELL
So., Houston, Texas
Hetherington won one of the diving events in Bucknell’s 190.5-108.5 loss at Columbia Saturday. She finished in first off the one-meter board with 245.40 points, the second time in which she’s eclipsed 240 points in that competition this season. It was her second-highest score of the year and her third victory in the event. She rounded out the meet with a sixth-place showing (224.24 points) from the three-meter board.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
TOM DUVALL, NAVY
Fr., Durham, N.H.
Duvall won a pair of events (500 free, 1,000 free) with times of 4:33.75 and 9:20.63, respectively, in Navy’s loss at 23rd-ranked Princeton Saturday. It’s his fifth sweep of the distance free events this season.

TYLER WENZEL, BUCKNELL Fr., Telford, Pa.
Wenzel posted a pair of fourth-place showings in Bucknell’s meet at Columbia, scoring 255.45 points off the one-meter board and 253.20 in the three-meter event.

Patriot League Track and Field Weekly Awards

M-F ATHLETIC MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
CHRIS SMITH, ARMY
Jr., North Wales, Pa.
Smith posted an IC4A-qualifying time in his first meet of the season by clocking a 1:05.20 in the 500-meter run at the Crowell Open on Saturday. It is the top time in the Patriot League this season and ninth among all IC4A qualifiers this year.

M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
LISA JUNTA, ARMY
So., Springfield, Va.
Junta easily posted an ECAC-qualifying time with a 9:58.94 mark in the 3,000-meter run at the Crowell Open on Saturday. It is the top time in the event in the Patriot League this year and sixth among all ECAC qualifiers.

M-F ATHLETIC MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
LEONARD JOSEPH, BUCKNELL
Sr., Whitesboro, N.Y.
Joseph earns his second M-F Athletic Male Field Athlete of the Week award of the season, and sixth in his career, after once again shattering the IC4A standard in the weight throw with a toss of 18.62 meters at the Bucknell Mini Meet on Saturday. The six weekly honors are just one away from the Male Field Athlete of the Week career record held by Bucknell’s Tyler Hoffman (2003-07).

M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
McKENZIE MAJCHRZAK, ARMY
Sr., Manistee, Mich.
Majchrzak hit the ECAC-qualifying mark in the high jump with a leap of 1.70 meters on Saturday at the Crowell Open. She finished second of 13 competitors in the event and qualified for the ECACs for the fifth time in her career.

M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
JEREMY GRANDERSON, NAVY
Fr., Fredericksburg, Va.
Granderson placed second in the long jump (6.95 meters) and third in the high jump (1.94 meters) at the Navy-Princeton dual meet on Sunday to help the Mids to a 91-89 victory, their first win over the Tigers in the last 10 meetings.

M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
MICHAELA READ, BUCKNELL
Fr., Manasquan, N.J.
Read had a busy day at the Bucknell Mini Meet on Saturday, competing in multiple events highlighted by third-place showings in both the high jump (1.55 meters) and 60-meter hurdles (9.64).

HONORABLE MENTIONS
MARK VETERE, NAVY
So., Andover, Mass.
Vetere posted a season-best and IC4A-qualifying mark of 4.90 meters to win the pole vault at the Navy-Princeton dual meet on Sunday.

MITCH SIMMONDS, NAVY Sr., Eagle, Idaho
Simmonds hit an IC4A-qualifying mark with time of 8.25 in the 60-meter hurdles at the Navy-Princeton dual meet on Sunday.

STEPHANIE OKPOEBO, HOLY CROSS Jr., Chelmsford, Mass.
Okpoebo won the 55-meter dash at the Tiger Invitational on Saturday with a school record and IC4A-qualifying time of 7.15. She broke her previous school record of 7.17 set at the Harvard Open on Dec. 8.

CHRISTIAN LUPICA, BUCKNELL So., Newtown, Pa.
Lupica broke the school record with a time of 34.77 in the 300-meter run at the Bucknell Mini Meet on Saturday, and also earned his second consecutive win in the event.