Jan. 23, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for Jan. 16-22 in indoor track & field and swimming & diving Monday.
Army, Bucknell, Holy Cross and Lehigh all picked up team titles on either the men’s or women’s side over the weekend in indoor track and field. Lehigh was the only Patriot League team over the weekend to win team titles in both men’s and women’s track and field as the two finished first at the Mountain Hawk Invite. The Army men were first at the Harvard Challenge and the Holy Cross women were first at the New Hampshire Invitational, while the Bucknell men won the Gulden Invitational at home. Bucknell won three weekly awards, Colgate had two and Lehigh had one.
Teams are making the turn in swimming and diving, as the Patriot League Championships are now less than four weeks away. In a head-to-head meeting Saturday between a pair of League rivals, it was Bucknell taking the sweep of the men’s and women’s competitions and earning three of the weekly awards in the process. Army finished its home slate with a quad meet Saturday and picked up three wins on the men’s side and one on the women’s. Holy Cross returned to action over the weekend and swept the Worcester City Championships at the Hart Center pool.
Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Weekly Awards
MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
GRAHAM TOOKER, COLGATE Sr., Devon, Pa.
Tooker posted two IC4A-qualifying performances at the Harvard Challenge, placing second in the 200 (21.92) and third in the 400 (48.68). He also helped the DMR to a third-place finish (10:35.24) and the 1,600 relay to a fifth-place finish (3:39.61). This is Tooker’s first Track Athlete of the Week award.
FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
CHELSEA BURNS, COLGATE Sr., Seattle, Wash.
Burns finished first in the 3,000 (9:52.06) and fourth in the mile (4:57.08) at the Harvard Challenge. Both times met ECAC standards. She also finished fifth in the 1,000 (3:00.63). This is Burns’ first Track Athlete of the Week award.
MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
TOM BARR, BUCKNELL Sr., Ambler, Pa.
Barr posted two first-place victories at the Gulden Invitational with a pair of IC4A-qualifying performances. He finished first in the shot put (53-3½) and first in the weight throw (59-5¾). He wins his third Field Athlete of the Week this season.
FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
SARAH BELLA, BUCKNELL Sr., Mendham, N.J.
Bella finished second in the shot put with an ECAC distance of 45-3¾ at the Gulden Invitational. She also placed seventh in the weight throw (50-4½). This is her first Field Athlete of the Week award of the season and second of her career.
MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
CHRISTIAN LUPICA, BUCKNELL Fr., Newtown, Pa.
Lupica finished first in the 60 hurdles with an IC4A time of 8.24 at the Gulden Invitational. He also placed second in the 200 (22.32) and seventh in the 60 dash (7.08). This is Lupica’s third Rookie of the Week award this season, which ties a Patriot League record (Justin Hicks, Bucknell, 2009-10).
FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
SAVANNA PLOMBON, LEHIGH Fr., Frederick, Md.
Plombon finished first in two events at the Mountain Hawk Invite. She was first in the mile (5:03.49) and the 3,200 relay (9:46.28).
TAYLOR KENSY, ARMY Sr., Holland, N.Y.
Kensy finished second in the 500 at the Harvard Challenge with an IC4A-qualifying time of 1:04.77.
CHELSEA PRAHL, ARMY Sr., Greenville, Mich.
Prahl finished third in the 3,000 at the Harvard Challenge with an ECAC time of 9:56.66.
TOM WAGNER, ARMY Sr., Clinton, N.Y.
Wagner finished first in two events, the high jump (6-8) and the triple jump (47-1½), at the Harvard Challenge. His triple jump distance met an IC4A standard.
CHRIS SACKS, BUCKNELL So., Pound Ridge, N.Y.
Sacks finished first in the mile (4:11.49) and first in the 3,200 relay (7:48.87) at the Gulden Invitational. Both were IC4A-qualifying times.
ADEOLU ADESIDA, LEHIGH Fr., Princeton, N.J.
Adesida finished second in the high jump with an IC4A-qualifying mark of 6-8¼.
STEPHEN TUTUNJIAN, LEHIGH Sr., Shrewsbury, Mass.
Tutunjian posted two IC4A-qualifying performances with a first-place finish in the triple jump (50-4½) and second-place finish in the long jump (23-3¼) at the Mountain Hawk Invite.
MATT EVERS, NAVY Sr., Bellevue, Neb.
Evers finished second in the 500 (1:04.25) and first in the 1,600 relay (3:18.27) at the Navy Quad Meet. Both times met IC4A standards.
PAUL NEIDHARDT, NAVY Sr., Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Neidhardt was first in the pole vault (16-2¾) at the Navy Quad Meet, meeting an IC4A standard.
Patriot League Swimming and Diving Weekly Awards
MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
MIKE NICHOLSON, BUCKNELL So., Chappaqua, N.Y.
Nicholson collected a pair of first-place finishes in aiding the Bison to a 191-107 victory at Lehigh Saturday afternoon in a matchup between a pair of Patriot League rivals. He broke the Jacobs Pool records in both events in which he won, touching the wall in 1:51.05 in the 200-yard fly and 1:52.81 in the 200 IM. The old record in the 200 IM was held for over 20 years by Ron Karnaugh, who was a 1992 Olympian. Nicholson also added a fourth-place finish in the 200 back in 1:56.76 in his first outing in the event of the season.
FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
ELIZABETH PORCELLIO, BUCKNELL Jr., New Providence, N.J.
Porcellio scored a team-best three individual wins as Bucknell won 189-111 at Lehigh Saturday at Jacobs Pool in Bethlehem, Pa. She set a career-best time in the 100 fly with a 58.52 in her first appearance in that event of the season. She added individual victories in the 200 IM (2:08.78) and 200 free (1:55.95). Overall Porcellio was part of four Bucknell wins on the day, as she swam the fourth leg of the Bison’s victorious 400 free relay effort.
MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
CHRIS NGUYEN, ARMY Jr., Cheshire, Conn.
Nguyen’s dominance over the Male Diver of the Week award continued Monday with his record-tying sixth selection to the honor. The junior from Cheshire, Conn., started his weekend by taking first place in the three-meter board Friday against Drexel by 41 points with a score of 342.37. A day later he picked up the victory again in the three-meter competition during the quad meet against American, Old Dominion and George Mason. He posted a first-place point total of 343.05. Both scores exceeded the NCAA Zone qualifying marks. Nguyen finished second in the one-meter dive against Drexel Friday and in Saturday’s quad with scores of 264.82 and 300.25, respectively. The latter also eclipsed the Zone qualifying mark.
FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
TORI MOLCHANY, BUCKNELL Fr., Coplay, Pa.
A freshman, Molchany posted career-best showings off both boards in Bucknell’s 189-111 victory at Lehigh Saturday. She took first in the three-meter competition with 255.30 points and finished in second from the one-meter board with 236.24 points. Her three-meter showing was the fifth-best in Bucknell history. Her efforts were part of a 1-2-3 sweep of both boards by the Bison.
ALISSA LEUNG, LEHIGH Fr., Garden City, N.Y.
The Lehigh freshman continued her strong rookie campaign with two individual golds and one second-place finish for the Mountain Hawks against Bucknell. She swept the 100 and 200 back events with times of 58.30 and 2:05.63, respectively, and came in second in the 200 IM behind Bucknell’s Elizabeth Porcellio.
COREY SCHUTZ, LAFAYETTE Sr., Pottstown, Pa.
Schutz recorded a pair of first-place showings and broke the Lafayette pool record in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 57.17. It was the third-fastest time in Lafayette history and broke the pool record held by 1992 Olympian Andrew Ruterfurd.
CONNOR STYLES, LEHIGH Sr., Chappaqua, N.Y.
Styles swept the one- and three-meter dives Saturday for Lehigh against Bucknell, giving the Mountain Hawks their only wins versus the Bison. He won the three-meter with 294.23 points and took first from the one-meter board with an NCAA Zone-qualifying 303.97 points.
MAGGIE BEAUDOUIN, HOLY CROSS Sr., Madison, N.J.
Beaudouin was named the Female Swimmer of the Meet at the Worcester City Championships after pacing the Crusaders to a win. She won three individual events and set meet records in the 200 back and 400 IM.
BOBBY BALLANCE, AMERICAN So., Egg Harbor Township, N.J.
Ballance swept the 100 and 200 backstroke events Saturday for the Eagles in their quad meet at Army that also featured George Mason and Old Dominion. He won the 100 back in 52.45 and the 200 in 1:52.23.
WILL VIANA, ARMY Fr., Stuttgart, Germany
Viana swam in six individual events and finished in the top two in all of them. He picked up wins in the 200 fly and 200 back against Drexel and pair of personal records on the weekend, which included Saturday’s quad meet at home against American, Old Dominion and George Mason.