Patriot League Weekly Awards (2.4.13)

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Feb. 4, 2013

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for Jan. 28-Feb. 3 in swimming and diving and track and field.

Seven of the eight schools were in action in swimming and diving last week, and three from Navy captured weekly honors Monday. Included on the list again is Navy senior Laura Gorinski, who extended her own record with her 18th career honor, and tied the single-season mark with her seventh nod. The only team not in action last week was Colgate, but the Raiders wrap up their dual meet schedule this week.

Navy edged rival Army in both the men and women's competition at a dual meet at West Point on Sunday, and the Mids benefitted from the victory on Monday with four weekly awards from the Patriot League. Also winning a weekly honor was Lehigh's E'Lana Lemon, who became the all-time leader in Patriot League M-F Athletic Field Athlete of the Week awards with the 13th in her career.

Patriot League Swimming and Diving Weekly Awards

MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
SEAN MURPHY, NAVY
Jr., Hudson, Ohio
Murphy posted a pair of victories in Navy’s 178-122 loss at Columbia over the weekend. The junior took first in the 100-yard breast with a time of 56.01, and won the 200 breast with a clocking of 2:03.20. He was also part of a third-place 200 medley relay effort for the Mids. He swam the breaststroke leg in 25.22, 0.36 seconds faster than the field.

FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
LAURA GORINSKI, NAVY
Sr., Greensburg, Pa.
Another week and another record for Gorinski. The senior from Greensburg, Pa., tied the single-season mark with her seventh Female Swimmer of the Week award after breaking the Navy record in the 200-meter IM in a time of 2:19.90 to win the event against Johns Hopkins. She was also a part of the  Mids’ victorious 200-meter medley relay against the Blue Jays, and added first-place showing in the 100-yard breast at the Bison Invite Saturday. With Monday’s award, Gorinski extends her own record with her 18th career weekly accolade from the League.

MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
BEN FREEDMAN, NAVY
Jr., Kennewick, Wash.
Freedman earned a split over the weekend during Navy’s dual meet at Columbia. He won the one-mter competition with 315.60 points, 2.55 ahead of second place. He also narrowly missed out on capturing the three-meter victory with 325.95 points, just 1.2 behind first. Both scores are NCAA Zone qualifiers. It’s Freedman’s fifth award of the season.

FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
KATIE HETHERINGTON, BUCKNELL
So., Houston, Texas
Hetherington was the top Bucknell diver off both boards in the Bison Invitational Saturday in Lewisburg, Pa. The sophomore placed third from the one-meter board with 246.80 points, and added a fourth-place showing with 255.00 points in the three-meter competition. It’s the fifth time Hetherington had exceeded 250 off the three-meter board this season.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
MATT WURM, AMERICAN
Jr., Sudbury, Mass.
Won the 100 back at the Bison Invite (51.17) and added a fourth-place showing in the 100 free (47.00).

NICK TREIBERG, ARMY Fr., Bakersfield, Calif.
Set the Army plebe (freshman) record in the 50 free in 20.90 at the Bison Invte Saturday.

CHRISTIAN TREAT, BUCKNELL Sr., Evergreen, Colo.
Bested the field in the 400 IM at the Bison Invite (4:09.34).

CHRIS HOKE, LEHIGH Jr., Lancaster, Pa.
Won the 50 free in 20.87 in a dual meet loss to Drexel, and added a runner-up showing in the 100 fly (51.04) and helping a pair of Mountain Hawk foursomes win relays.

COURTNEY PATTERSON, LEHIGH Fr., Cherry Hill, N.J.
Won the 1,000 free (10:31.14) and 200 fly (2:10.41) and was part of Lehgih’s winning 400 free relay in a 148-146 loss to Drexel.


Patriot League Track and Field Weekly Awards

M-F ATHLETIC MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
WESTON KENNEDY, NAVY
Jr., Sugarland, Texas
Kennedy won both the 1,000-meter and mile runs at the Navy-Army dual meet on Sunday, posting IC4A-qualifying times of 2:25.96 in the 1,000m and 4:06.79 in the mile. He helped Navy to a 93-88 win over the Black Knights, and both times were the best in the Patriot League this season. He is the only track athlete to hold the top time in the Patriot League in two different events this season.

M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
CAROLINE TOLLI, BUCKNELL
Sr., Lockport, N.Y.
Tolli posted career-best times to win both the 800 and 1,000-meter runs at the Youngstown Invitational on Friday. Both of her marks were ECAC-qualifying times as Tolli ran the 800m in 2:13.17 and the 1,000m in 2:50.88. The latter mark was a school record and the top time in the Patriot League this season, while the 800m time was a close second among all League competitors.

M-F ATHLETIC MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
MARK VETERE, NAVY
So., Andover, Mass.
Vetere won the pole vault at the Navy-Army meet with a personal-best and IC4A height of 16-9¼ (5.11m). The height is tied for the fourth-best mark in school history and tops teammate Jiles Maness as the best mark in the Patriot League this season. He surpassed the IC4A height for the fourth time this season and won the pole vault for the third time.

M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
E’LANA LEMON, LEHIGH
Sr., West Orange, N.J.
Lemon wins her 13th all-time Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Field Athlete of the Week, besting Bucknell's Marjoie Grap (2004-07) for the most in League history. She set yet another personal best in the weight throw with a toss of 18.16 meters at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational on Friday. Lemon finished 11th in the event as the Mountain Hawks competed against some of the best teams in the nation including No. 1 Clemson. It was her fourth consecutive week with a personal record and once again set a standard for the event in the Patriot League. It is her fifth honor this season and fourth in a row, tying Grap's League records from the 2006-07 season in both categories.

M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
AUSTIN BATISTE, NAVY
Fr., Long Beach, Calif.
Batiste recorded three IC4A-qualifying times at the Navy-Army dual on Sunday, establishing the marks in the 200-meter (21.87) and 400-meter (48.31) races while also running on a 4 X 400 relay team that clocked a time of 3:19.07. The 200-meter time was third in the Patriot League this season, while the 400-meter mark tops all League competitors. A Navy freshman has won the Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Rookie of the Week honor five straight times, with Batiste claiming it twice in that stretch.

M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ASHLEY WELKER, NAVY
Fr., Stevenson Ranch, Calif.
Welker posted a pair of ECAC-qualifying times at the Navy-Army dual meet on Sunday, clocking a 2:13.63 to win the 800-meter run and racing on the Mids' 4 X 800-meter relay team which posted a 9:24.27. The performances helped Navy to a 97-84 win for its fifth straight victory against its rival. It was the third-best mark in the 800m in the Patriot League this season.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
 
MARK ALLEN, AMERICAN
Sr., Miami, Fla.
Allen placed second in the 5,000-meter run at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational, clocking a time of 14:17.05 that ranks as the top mark in the Patriot League this season.
 
KYLER MARTIN, ARMY Sr., Vacaville, Calif.
Martin won the 60-meter hurdles at the Navy-Army dual meet on Sunday with a time of 8.03, the best mark in the Patriot League this season.
 
STEVYN SPEES, ARMY Fr., Columbus, Ohio
Spees won the 500-meter race at the Navy-Army dual with a Patriot League-best time of 1:04.96, and was part of Army's 4 X 400 relay team which set a League standard with a time of 3:16.03.
 
CHRISTIAN LUPICA, BUCKNELL So., Newtown, Pa.
Lupica set IC4A-qualifying times in the 60-meter hurdles (8.04), 60-meter run (6.93) and 4 X 400 relay (3:18.75) at the Youngstown Invitational on Friday.
 
ELISE BUFFINTON, LAFAYETTE Jr., Lewisburg, Pa.
Buffinton tied her school record, which is the best mark in the Patriot League this season, with a leap of 3.80 meters in the pole vault at the Covert Classic at Lehigh on Saturday.
 
TERONDA BROWN, NAVY Jr., Angleton, Texas
Brown bested her own Patriot League-best mark with a toss of 14.19 meters to win the shot put at the Army-Navy dual meet on Sunday.
 
ALICIA MINELLA, COLGATE So., Kennett Square, Pa.
Minella set a Patriot League standard with a time of 56.15 in the 400-meter run at the Giegengack Invitational on Saturday.