Jan. 21, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for Jan. 14-20 in swimming and diving and track and field.
Several teams were in action in swimming and diving, including a return to the pool for Holy Cross for the first time in 2013. Both Crusader squads took second at the Worcester City Championship. Army went up against Delaware Friday and battled American and George Mason in a tri-meet Saturday, while Colgate split with Binghamton Friday.
The Patriot League's pair of senior weight throw specialists once again had outstanding weeks in indoor track and field. Bucknell's Leonard Joseph and Lehigh's E'Lana Lemon each blew away their competition over the weekend and once again earned weekly awards from the Patriot League, with Joseph tying a League record with his seventh career M-F Athletic Male Field Athlete of the Week honor.
Patriot League Swimming and Diving Weekly Awards
MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
CHRIS SZEKELY, ARMY Fr., Doylestown, Pa.
Szekely put together two wins and three runner-up showings during Army's busy weekend. The rookie from Doylestown, Pa., took second in the 100- and 200-yard freestyles Friday against Delaware in 47.19 and 1:43.33, respectively. He wins came Saturday, as he touched the wall first in 21.34 in the 50 free and took the 100 free title in 46.95 in the tri-meet with George Mason and League rival American. He added another second-place showing in the 200 free in 1:42.50.
FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
MOLLY MUCCIARONE, ARMY Fr., Cranbury, N.J.
Mucciarone completes a rookie sweep of the swimming awards for Army after posting two wins and two runner-up finishes on the weekend. She took the title in the 100-yard fly against Delaware in 58.14, and hit the wall second in the 50 free in 24.63. Saturday in the tri-meet, she won the 50 free in 24.26, while touching second in the 100 fly in 58.11. She also placed fourth in the 100 free with a time of 54.21.
MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
CHRIS NGUYEN, ARMY Sr., Cheshire, Conn.
Nguyen sets the record for most Male Diver of the Week nods in a season with his eighth accolade Monday. The senior won the three-meter dive in both events over the weekend, scoring 307.65 points to take the win at Delaware Friday and 342.35 points Saturday to win at the tri-meet. He took second from the one-meter board Friday with 294.60 points, and finished fifth Saturday from the apparatus with 240.35 points.
FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
KIM PILKA, COLGATE Sr., Great Falls, Va.
Pilka did her part in Colgate's dominant 200-93 victory over Binghamton Friday. The senior swept both the one-meter and three-meter boards, scoring 258.90 points from the former and 265.12 from the latter. Her victory in the one-meter came by 30 points.
MELISSA PARKER, AMERICAN So., Livermore, Calif.
Won the one-meter dive with 232.15 points and was the runner-up in the three-meter competition with 231.80 points in Saturday's tri-meet against Army and George Mason.
MORGAN COHARA, COLGATE Fr., Sagamore Hills, Ohio
Notched three victories in the Raiders' win over Binghamton, touching the wall first in the 100 back (58.91), 200 back (2:09.94) and the 500 free (5:08.97).
NICK VIDETTI, HOLY CROSS Jr., Woodcliff Lake, N.J.
Swept the one- and three-meter dives at the Worcester City Championship and set a new Holy Cross 11-dive record from the one-meter board with 432.39 points.
Patriot League Track and Field Weekly Awards
M-F ATHLETIC MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
CHRISTIAN LUPICA, BUCKNELL So., Newtown, Pa.
Lupica easily eclipsed a pair of individual IC4A-qualifying times and was also part of a 4 X 400 relay team that set a qualifying mark as he was named Most Valuable Runner at Bucknell's Gulden Invitational on Saturday. Lupica qualified in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.46 and 60-meter hurdles which he ran in 8.05 (converted). Both marks are the best in the Patriot League this season, and the 200-meter time was a Gerhard Fieldhouse Record. Lupica wins his second Patriot League M-F Athletic Track Athlete of the Week honor of the season.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
BRIGID BYRNE, NAVY Sr., Vienna, Va.
Byrne shattered the ECAC-qualifying mark in the 5,000-meter run with a converted time of 17:02.12 at the Maryland Invitational on Saturday. The ECAC standard is set at 17:33.64, and Byrne's time is ranked second on the ECAC performance list this season and first in the Patriot League. It is also a personal best and the second-fastest time in Naval Academy history. Byrne claims her first Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Track Athlete of the Week honor of the season and second in her career.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
LEONARD JOSEPH, BUCKNELL Sr., Whitesboro, N.Y.
Joseph's dominance in the weight throw continued with a mark of 19.16 meters to win the event at Bucknell's Gulden Invitational on Saturday. He is undefeated in the event this season and the throw was just 1 ½ inches off his personal best while ranking fourth in program history and as the best mark in the Patriot League this year. It was his third-consecutive IC4A-qualifying distance this season. Joseph earns his third Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Field Athlete of the Week honor of the season and seventh of his career to match Bucknell's Tyler Hoffman (2003-07) for the most in League history.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
E'LANA LEMON, LEHIGH Sr., West Orange, N.J.
Lemon earned her third Patriot League M-F Athletic Field Athlete of the Week honor of the season, and 11th in her career, after outdoing herself in the weight throw on Saturday at Angry Birds at Lehigh. She recorded a mark of 17.95 meters to win the event with the best distance in the Patriot League this season. It surpassed her personal best of 17.66 meters set just last week.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
STEVE SCHROEDER, NAVY Fr., Monticello, Ill.
Schroeder coasted to a win in the 3,000-meter run against Temple and Delaware State on Saturday with an IC4A-qualifying time of 8:19.08. Schroeder's time is ranked first in the Patriot League this season and he is the only freshman in the League that ranks at the top of a running event. He is the fourth different Navy freshman to win the Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Rookie of the Week honor this season.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
HALEY WINTERS, ARMY Fr., Spanaway, Wash.
Winters placed in the top five in both the 60-meter and 200-meter runs at the Harvard Challenge on Saturday, and was part of Army's distance medley relay team which posted an ECAC-qualifying time of 11:59.01 (converted). Winters wins her first Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Rookie of the Week honor.
CAROLINE TOLLI, BUCKNELL Sr., Lockport, N.Y.
Tolli ran ECAC-qualifying converted times in the mile (4:57.31) and 1,000-meter run (2:56.20) at Bucknell's Gulden Invitational on Saturday.
JENNIFER COMFORT, ARMY So., Doylestown, Pa.
Comfort posted an individual ECAC-qualifying time in the 1,000-meter run (2:52.99) and was also part of Army's distance medley relay squad that put up a qualifying time of 11:59.01 (converted) on Saturday at the Harvard Challenge.
KYLER MARTIN, ARMY Sr., Vacaville, Calif.
Martin posted an IC4A-qualifying mark with a time of 8.12 in the 60-meter hurdles at the Harvard Challenge on Saturday.
ELISE BUFFINTON, LAFAYETTE Jr., Lewisburg, Pa.
Buffinton set an ECAC-qualifying mark and Lafayette school record in the pole vault with a leap of 3.75 meters to win the event on Saturday at Bucknell's Gulden Invitational.
JOHN WESTWOOD, BUCKNELL Fr., Sewickley, Pa.
Westwood ran IC4A-qualifying converted times in the 800-meter run (1:54.44) and 4 X 800 relay (7:49.64) at Bucknell's Gulden Invitational on Saturday.
JILES MANESS, NAVY Fr., Winston Salem, N.C.
Maness won the pole vault against Temple and Delaware State with an IC4A-qualifying mark of 4.80 meters. It was his third IC4A mark in the event this season.