Jan. 28, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for Jan. 21-27 in swimming and diving and track and field.
Some familiar names captured weekly honors in swimming and diving, as all four awards are repeat winners this season. The most notable is Navy senior Laura Gorinski, who captured her League-best 17th Swimmer of the Week award, the record for both men and women. Colgate senior diver Kim Pilka dominated the boards again in capturing her sixth weekly honor with one NCAA zone qualifying dive, while Navy’s Ben Freedman posted NCAA-qualifying scores from both.
The weight throw specialists were at it again in indoor track and field, with Bucknell’s Leonard Joseph becoming the all-time leader with his eighth-career M-F Athletic Male Field Athlete of the Week award and Lehigh’s E’Lana Lemon tying the career mark on the women’s side with her 12th all-time honor. All six of the weekly award recipients posted IC4A/ECAC qualifying marks.
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 events, was part of a victorious relay and picked up another fast time competing as an exhibition swimmer during Bucknell’s 175-118 win over League foe Lehigh Saturday in Lewisburg, Pa. The junior earned his fifth Male Swimmer of the Week nod this season after winning the 200-yard fly in 1:49.94 (by 3.54 seconds) and taking the win in the 100 fly in 50.85 (won by .54). Nicholson posted the fastest clocking in the 400 IM as an exhibition swimmer as well (3:59.65). He has 24 individual victories this season.
FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
LAURA GORINSKI, NAVY Sr., Greensburg, Pa.
Gorinski sets the record with her 17th career Female Swimmer of the Week award, eclipsing former Navy star Tara Chapmon, after an impressive showing in Navy’s 185-107 loss at 14th-ranked Penn State Saturday. The senior remained unbeaten this season in the 200-yard IM with her fifth victory in the event in 2:07.62, winning by just over one-quarter of a second. She logged two second-place showings in the 100 and 200 breast events, finishing in 1:04.54 and 2:18.06, respectively. She fell in the 100 breast by just .03 seconds. Gorinski has six honors this season, one shy of Chapmon’s single-season mark of seven set in 2009-10.
MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
BEN FREEDMAN, NAVY Jr., Kennewick, Wash.
Freedman swept the one- and three-meter boards against No. 19 Penn State Saturday. The Mids fell 188-112, but Freedman was unbeatable from the boards, winning the three-meter competition with 353.55 points, over 54 points ahead of second place. He added a victory in the one-meter dive with 314.62 points, 22.2 points in front of the field. Both scores are NCAA zone qualifiers, and they’re his seventh and eighth victories of the year. They’re also Freedman’s first wins against a nationally-ranked opponent.
FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
KIM PILKA, COLGATE Sr., Great Falls, Va.
Pilka swept the boards – again – during Colgate’s victories Saturday in tri-meet against Lafayette and Army. The Raiders won 214-86 over Army and 233-66 over Lafayette in action at West Point. Pilka claimed the one-meter win with 312.30 points, an NCAA zone qualifying score, and bested the three-meter field with 262.90 points. She has six Female Diver of the Week nods this season, two shy of the single-season record.
CHRIS NGUYEN, ARMY Sr., Cheshire, Conn.
Swept the boards in the League tri-meet with Colgate and Lafayette, winning the one-meter with 312.30 points and the three-meter with 306.10.
TARA BOYLE, BUCKNELL So., Winnetka, Ill.
Won the one-meter dive (career-high 251.18) and finished runner-up from the three-meter (246.15) versus Lehigh.
LAUREN PERRY, BUCKNELL So., Syracuse, N.Y.
Posted wins in the 100- and 200-yard freestyles against Lehigh, clocking winning times of 52.73 and 1:51.45, respectively.
EMMA SANTORO, COLGATE Sr., Fall River, Mass.
Won the 200-yard free (1:54.09), the 200 breast (2:22.19) and 200 IM (2:09.31) races during Colgate’s sweep of Army and Lafayette.
DAN SWEENEY, COLGATE Sr., New Canaan, Conn.
Captured two victories in the tri-meet at Army, taking wins in the 50-yard free (21.09) and 100 fly (51.74).
COURTNEY PATTERSON, LEHIGH Fr., Cherry Hill, N.J.
Set the Lehigh record in the 1,000-yard free in 10:20.26 in taking second against Bucknell. Also won the 200 fly (2:08.68) and 500 free (5:07.40) against the Bison.
TOM DUVALL, NAVY Fr., Durham, N.H.
Won the 1,000-yard free in 9:26.14 and took second in the 500 free (4:32.79) against No. 19 Penn State.
Patriot League Track and Field Weekly Awards
M-F ATHLETIC MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
KYLE SATTERWHITE, NAVY Sr., Charlottesville, Va.
Satterwhite clocked an IC4A-qualifying time of 8:10.59 in the 3,000-meter run at Navy’s Wesley Brown Invitational on Saturday. It was a personal-best time for Satterwhite and ranks first in the Patriot League and 38th in the nation this season. Satterwhite claims his first Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Track Athlete of the Week honor.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
BETH BRAUNEGG, BUCKNELL Jr., Williamsport, Pa.
Braunegg set an ECAC-qualifying mark with a time of 2:53.03 in the 1,000-meter run at the Penn State National Invitational on Saturday. She won the unseeded heat with a career-best time that ranks second in program history. Braunegg claims her first Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Track Athlete of the Week award.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
LEONARD JOSEPH, BUCKNELL Sr., Whitesboro, N.Y.
Joseph becomes the all-time leader in Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Field Athlete of the Week awards, earning his eighth-career honor in style by setting a personal best in the weight throw at the Penn State National Invitational on Friday and then topping it with an even greater mark at the Bison Open & Multi on Saturday. Joseph placed third in the event at Penn State with a mark of 19.37 meters, then blew it away with a toss of 19.83 meters at the Bison Open & Multi to place second overall and first among collegiate competitors. Both throws were easily IC4A-qualifying marks, with the 19.83-meter toss ranking second all-time at Bucknell and placing Joseph among the top 15 competitors in the nation this season. Joseph earns his fourth Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Field Athlete of the Week honor of the season, and second consecutive award.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
E’LANA LEMON, LEHIGH Sr., West Orange, N.J.
Lemon set a personal best in the weight throw for the third straight week by recording an ECAC-qualifying mark of 18.10 meters at the Lafayette/Lehigh Dual Meet on Saturday. It was the top mark in the Patriot League this season. Lemon earns her 12th all-time Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Field Athlete of the Week award, tying Bucknell’s Marjorie Grap (2004-07) for the most in League history. It is her fourth honor this season, and third in as many weeks.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
JILES MANESS, NAVY Fr., Winston-Salem, N.C.
Maness won the pole vault at Navy’s Wesley Brown Invitational on Saturday by recording a height of 5.10 meters, the top mark in the Patriot League this year which also placed him in the top 50 nationally. The IC4A-qualifying mark was a personal best for the freshman and the fifth-best during the indoor season in Navy history. He is ranked No. 1 in the Patriot League in the pole vault, the only freshman to lead a field event in the conference. Maness wins the M-F Athletic Male Rookie of the Week honor for the second time this season and becomes the fourth different Navy freshman to win the award in as many weeks.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
DEVIN SMITH, LAFAYETTE Fr., Andover, N.J.
Smith ran the top 400-meter dash in the Patriot League this season with an ECAC-qualifying time of 56.71 at the Lafayette/Lehigh Dual Meet on Saturday. She is named M-F Athletic Female Rookie of the Week for the third time this season, tying three other student-athletes for the most in Patriot League history.
KEVIN TAPPER, BUCKNELL So., Elk Ridge, Md.
Tapper ran an IC4A-qualifying and Patriot League-best time of 1:04.28 in the 500-meter run at the Penn State National Invitational over the weekend.
KYLER MARTIN, ARMY Sr., Vacaville, Calif.
Martin posted an IC4A-qualifying mark with a time of 8.11 in the 60-meter hurdles at College Night at The Armony on Satudray.
ELISE BUFFINTON, LAFAYETTE Jr., Lewisburg, Pa.
Buffinton posted a mark of 3.80 meters in the pole vault at the Lafayette/Lehigh Dual Meet on Saturday to set yet another ECAC-qualifying standard and break her own school record.
BRIGID BYRNE, NAVY Sr., Vienna, Va.
Byrne ran a converted time of 9:56.21 in the 3,000-meter run at the Patriot Games on Saturday, which ranks second in the Patriot League and gives her an ECAC-qualifying time.