Jan. 14, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for Jan. 7-13 in swimming and diving and track and field.
Two records were tied in the swimming and diving weekly awards, with Navy’s Laura Gorinski matching the mark for career Female Swimmer of the Week citations, while Army’s Chris Nguyen tied the single-season mark for the Male Diver of the Week nod. The schedule resumed in earnest over the weekend with several teams in action and a handful of battles between League teams, which included Army’s sweep at Lehigh Friday, and splits between Bucknell and Colgate Friday, and Bucknell and Army Saturday.
Qualifying standards were set by multiple individuals in indoor track and field. All six of this week’s award winners set at least one ECAC/IC4A qualifying mark, with Navy’s Austin Batiste named Patriot League M-F Athletic Rookie of the Week after hitting IC4A times in both the 200 and 400-meter runs.
Patriot League Swimming and Diving Weekly Awards
MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
MIKE NICHOLSON, BUCKNELL Jr., Chappaqua, N.Y.
Nicholson picks up his second straight Male Swimmer of the Week award and fourth of the season after a strong showing over the weekend in meets against League rivals Colgate and Army. He was the Bison’s top performer, picking up four individual victories as Bucknell went 1-1. Friday against the Raiders, Nicholson finished first in the 100-yard breast (58.32) and 200 back (1:57.77). A day later he added victories in the 200 fly (1:49.66) and 200 breast (2:05.19) against the Black Knights. In both meets the junior also swam the lead leg of the Bison’s victorious 200 medley relay.
FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
LAURA GORINSKI, NAVY Sr., Greensburg, Pa.
Gorinski was strong for Navy in its 213-84 loss Saturday against No. 16 North Carolina in Annapolis, Md. The senior picked up in 2013 where she left off in ’12 by winning the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke events in 1:11.09 and 2:33.71, respectively, to win both by just over 1.1 seconds. Already the academy record holder in both events, each of Gorinski’s times placed her name again in the top five. In addition, she competed on Navy’s 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay teams that both took third. With Monday’s honor, Gorinski picks up her 16th career citation, tying former Navy standout Tara Chapmon for the most in League history.
MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
CHRIS NGUYEN, ARMY Sr., Cheshire, Conn.
Also tying a record Monday is Army’s Chris Nguyen, who matches Navy’s Kevin Teague with his seventh Male Diver of the Week award this season. The senior from Cheshire, Conn., won three of four events over the weekend, all against League opponents. He opened the weekend with two victories in the Black Knights’ sweep at Lehigh, including a Jacobs Pool-record 355.05 points off the three-meter board. He won the one-meter competition with a score of 357.37 points. A day later at Bucknell, Nguyen won the three-meter again with 335.25 points and settled for second place with 298.05 points in the one-meter competition.
FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
KIM PILKA, COLGATE Sr., Great Falls, Va.
Pilka continues to gear up for next month’s Patriot League Championships in impressive fashion by sweeping the one- and three-meter boards against Bucknell Friday and Cornell Saturday. In both instances she scored higher in Saturday’s meet against the Big Red. She scored 272.70 points to win the one-meter and 296.40 points from the three-meter board against the Bison Friday. The next day she tallied 280.27 points from the one-meter board and 297.31 in the three-meter competition versus Cornell.
CHRIS SZEKELY, ARMY Fr., Doylestown, Pa.
Won all five individual events in which he competed over the weekend, taking victories in the 100- and 200-yard freestyles against Lehigh Friday, and adding wins in those events plus another in the 500 free Saturday at Bucknell.
MOLLY MUCCIARONE, ARMY Fr., Cranbury, N.J.
Won three events and totaled five top-three finishes over the weekend. Her winning 100 fly time of 56.79 at Lehigh set a Jacobs Pool record.
KELLY PONTECORVO, BUCKNELL Jr., New Providence, N.J.
Took three individual races over the weekend, including a pair of victories in the 1,000-yard free.
KATIE HETHERINGTON, BUCKNELL So., Houston, Texas
Swept both boards against Army and took runner-up in each against Colgate.
EMMA SANTORO, COLGATE Sr., Fall River, Mass.
Won three events in Friday’s victory over Bucknell, taking wins in the 100- and 200-yard breast swims along with first in the 200 IM.
LUKE HOFFER, NAVY Jr., Chapel Hill, N.C.
Won the 200-meter breast against No. 22 North Carolina in 2:16.88.
BEN FREEDMAN, NAVY Jr., Kennewick, Wash.
Posted a pair of top-four finishes against the Tar Heels, including scoring 360.45 points to take second in the three-meter competition.
Patriot League Track and Field Weekly Awards
M-F ATHLETIC MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
KEVIN RUSSELL, ARMY Sr., Danbury, Conn.
Russell had a pair of IC4A-qualifying times on Saturday as he ran a 4:11.93 mile and was part of a 4 X 800 relay team which posted a 7:49.46 at the Six-Way Meet at West Point. He won the mile in a 21-runner field with the second-best time in the Patriot League this season. The 4 X 800 relay team finished second with the top time for a Patriot League squad this year.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
LISA JUNTA, ARMY So., Springfield, Va.
Junta is named the M-F Athletic Female Track Athlete of the Week for the second straight time after finishing in first place in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:03.33 at the Six-Way Meet at West Point on Saturday. She topped the ECAC-qualifying standard by more than 30 seconds with the second-fastest time in Academy history and also the second-best mark among all ECAC qualifiers this year. Junta beat the second-place runner by over 1:15 and now holds the top times in the League in both the 3,000 and 5,000-meter runs this season.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
MARK VETERE, NAVY So., Andover, Mass.
Vetere, the 2012 Patriot League Indoor and Outdoor champion in the pole vault, set an indoor personal best with a mark of 5.00 meters at the Navy Five-Team Meet on Saturday. The height is over the IC4A standard and he has surpassed the qualifying height in all three of his competitions this season. It is also the best mark in the Patriot League this year.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
E’LANA LEMON, LEHIGH Sr., West Orange, N.J.
Lemon picked up her second win of the season in the weight throw after tossing an ECAC-qualifying distance of 17.66 meters, finishing .46 meters ahead of the 27 competitors. It was also the top mark in the Patriot League this season. Lemon is named Female Field Athlete of the Week for the second time this season and 10th in her illustrious career.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
AUSTIN BATISTE, NAVY Fr., Long Beach, Calif.
Batiste placed first in both the 200 and 400-meter runs at the Navy Five-Team Meet on Saturday with a pair of IC4A-qualifying times and personal bests. Batiste won the 200m in 21.91 and the 400m in 48.99 to post the top performance in the Patriot League this season in both events.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
DEVIN SMITH, LAFAYETTE Fr., Andover, N.J.
Smith set a school record and established an ECAC-qualifying time with a 57.02 in the 400-meter dash at the Armory Saturday Night’s Collegiate Series. The 400m time is the fastest in the Patriot League this season and Smith is the first ECAC qualifier in the event from a League school. She also ran on Lafayette’s 4 X 400m relay team which turned in a time of 4:00.28, the second-best in the Patriot League this year. Smith is named Rookie of the Week for the second time.
CHRIS PARKER, LAFAYETTE Sr., Neenah, Wis.
Parker finished in second place in the 800-meter run at the Armory Saturday Night’s Collegiate Series with an IC4A-qualifying time of 1:53.40, the fastest in the Patriot League this season.
ANNIE-NORAH BEVERIDGE, NAVY So., Ann Arbor, Mich.
Beveridge easily eclipsed the ECAC-qualifying standard in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:14.62 and also won the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:11.64 at the Navy Invitational on Saturday.
JEREMY CAIDENTE, NAVY Jr., Beech Island, S.C.
Cadiente hit an IC4A-qualifying standard and took first place in the 500-meter run at the Navy Five-Team Meet with a time of 1:04.46, the best in the Patriot League this year.