Bucknell's Christian Lupica
Jan. 28, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for Jan. 20-26 in swimming and diving and track and field on Tuesday.
Patriot League Swimming and Diving Weekly Awards
MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
TOM DUVALL, NAVY So., Durham, N.C.
Duvall won a pair of individual events as No. 24 Navy was edged by No. 23 Penn State 171-127 in Annapolis on Saturday. He took first place in both the 500 free (4:31.05) and 1000 free (9:19.89), winning his two events by a combined 3.54 seconds. Duvall improved to 8-0 this season in the 500 free and 4-1 in the 1000. He earns his first Patriot League Male Swimmer of the Week award.
FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
EMMA LEVENDOSKI, BUCKNELL So., Mandeville, La.
Levendoski won the 100 back in 57.32 and the 200 back in 2:04.75 to lead Bucknell to a 172-122 win at Lehigh on Saturday. She broke the pool record in the 100 back and won the two events by a combined 3.76 seconds. Levendoski swept the backstroke events in a meet for the eighth time this season, and was one of four Bison to win two events on Saturday. Levendoski is named Patriot League Female Swimmer of the Week for the third time this season.
MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
BEN FREEDMAN, NAVY Sr., Kennewick, Wash.
Freedman won the one-meter dive against No. 23 Penn State with a score of 331.73, and placed second in the three-meter with a total of 334.65. Freedman has six wins in eight one-meter events this year, and has placed first or second in six of his eight three-meter competitions. Freedman receives his fourth Patriot League Male Diver of the Week award this season and the 14th in his career.
FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
CHELSEA GLINCMAN, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., North Brunswick, N.J.
Glincman won the one-meter dive with score of 266.65 and placed second in the three-meter with a mark of 259.30 at the George Mason Quad Meet on Saturday. She led the Terriers in both events as BU beat the hosts as well as Patriot League foes American and Army. Glincman is named Patriot League Female Diver of the Week for the fourth time.
MIKE NICHOLSON, BUCKNELL Sr., Chappaqua, N.Y.
Nicholson won the 200 fly, 100 fly and 200 IM by a combined 4.24 seconds to help lead Bucknell to a 179-119 win over Lehigh on Saturday.
KAITLYN RUFFING, LEHIGH Fr., Murrysville, Pa.
Ruffing won the 50 free and 100 free and swam on Lehigh's first place 200 medley relay and 400 free relay in a 172-122 loss to Bucknell on Saturday. She set the Jacobs Pool record with a time of 52.23 in the 100 free.
CONNOR STUEWE, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Jr., Monterey, Calif.
Stuewe won both the 100 back and 200 back and swam on the winning 400 medley relay as BU beat two of three opponents at the George Mason Quad Meet.
Patriot League Track and Field Weekly Awards
M-F ATHLETIC MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
CHRISTIAN LUPICA, BUCKNELL Jr., Newtown, Pa.
Lupica took first place in both the 60-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash at the Gulden Invitational on Saturday in Lewisburg, and hit IC4A marks in both events. He ran a time of 7.92 in the 60-meter hurdles to break his own school record of 8.03 and the facility record of 7.99 set in 2008. His winning time of 21.85 in the 200-meter dash put Lupica just one one-hundreth off of his own facility record and three-tenths off his own school record. He claims the fourth Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Track Athlete of the Week honor of his indoor career, and second this season.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
JULIA SULLIVAN, AMERICAN Sr., Northampton, Mass.
Sullivan finished 11th in the mile at the Terrier Invitational with a time of 4:50.71, qualifying for ECACs by more than eight seconds. It was also the third-fastest time in program history and put Sullivan as the top Patriot League finisher in the race. She earns her first Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Track Athlete of the Week award of the season, and first for an American student-athlete since 2010-11.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
ZACK DUNCAVAGE, NAVY Sr., League City, Texas
Duncavage set IC4A standards in both the shot put and weight throw for the second week in a row. He placed second in each event at the Wesley A. Brown Invitational at Navy on Saturday, recording a mark of 18.42 meters in the weight throw and 16.28 in the shot put. Of Navy's 22 IC4A qualifers in the event, Duncavage was the only Mid to earn marks in two events. He is named Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Field Athlete of the Week for the second straight week.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
RACHEL PENA, LAFAYETTE Sr., Ridgefield Park, N.J.
Pena won the weight throw against rival Lehigh on Saturday by recording a toss of 18.16 meters, shattering the ECAC standard of 16.00. She also placed first in the shot put and just missed ECAC qualification with a mark of 13.39 meters. Both are the top marks in the Patriot League this year, with the shot put toss marking a career best and the weight throw as Pena's standard for the season. She earns her first Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Field Athlete of the Week award of the season.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
KHAALIF WOLFE, NAVY Fr., Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Wolfe won the triple jump at the Wesley A. Brown Invitational with a personal-best leap of 14.27 meters. He is named Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Rookie of the Week for the second time this season.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
COURTNEY AVERY, LEHIGH Fr., Wynantskill, N.Y.
Avery won the high jump against rival Lafayette on Saturday with a mark of 1.73 meters, getting past the ECAC standard of 1.70. She broke the school record of 1.72 that had been set back in 2001 by Justina Barone as Lehigh beat Lafayette for the sixth straight time with a 102-79 victory. Avery is named Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Rookie of the Week for the second time this season.
RICH PETERS, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., Bristol, England
Peters broke the school record and shattered the IC4A standard with a time of 7:52.61 in the 3,000-meter run at the John Thomas Terrier Invitaitonal on Saturday.
STEPHANIE OKPOEBO, HOLY CROSS Sr., Chelmsford, Mass.
Okpoebo won both the 60-meter and 200-meter dash at the Joe Donahue Games in Boston, hitting the ECAC-qualifying time at 7.68 in the 60m and missing the standard by just one one-hundredth of a second at 25.05 in the 200m.
BROOKE ASTOR, LEHIGH Sr., Milltown, N.J.
Astor won the 60-meter (7.80), 60-meter hurdles (8.58) and long jump (5.58 meters) in Lehigh's 102-79 win over rival Lafayette on Saturday. She set personal bests in all three events, and school records in both the 60m and 60m hurdles.
RAY HOLMES, BUCKNELL Sr., Campbell, N.Y.
Holmes qualified for the IC4As in the triple jump with a mark of 15.06 meters, the top standard in the Patriot League this season.
AUSTIN BATISTE, NAVY So., Long Beach, Calif.
Batiste won the 400-meter race at the Wesley A. Brown Invitational with an IC4A-qualifying time of 47.90.
NICK REGAN, AMERICAN Jr., Kensington, Md.
Regan placed third in the 3,000-meter run at the Hoya Spike Shoe Club Invitational with a time of 8:24.29 to qualify for IC4As and set a personal-best.
SAM McGRATH, HOLY CROSS Sr., Tyngsboro, Mass.
McGrath won the 800-meter run at the Joe Donahue Games in Boston with an IC4A-qualifying time of 1:53.86.
MARTIN OTIENO, LEHIGH Sr., East Orange, N.J.
Otieno won both the 60-meter and 200-meter and ran on the winning 4 X 400m relay team in Lehigh's 111.5-69.5 win over rival Lafayette on Saturday, and hit the IC4A-qualifying time with a 6.97 mark in the 60m.