Dec. 3, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for Nov. 26-Dec. 2 in swimming and diving and track and field.
It was a big weekend of swimming and diving competition for Army, which saw a multitude of academy records broken at the Brown Big Bear Open. The Black Knights parlayed their strong weekend into three weekly honors Monday. The fourth award went to Colgate diver Kim Pilka, who set an 11-dive school record to lead the Raiders to second place at the Bomber Invitational in Ithaca, N.Y.
The 2012-13 track and field season is underway, with six of the League’s schools in action on the first weekend. Five of the six M-F Athletic weekly award winners opened the year by hitting IC4A/ECAC-qualifying standards.
Patriot League Swimming and Diving Weekly Awards
MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
AYMAN ANDREWS, ARMY Sr., Sussex, N.J.
Andrews surpassed a pair of NCAA B cut times and set two Army records over the weekend in competition at the Brown Big Bear Open in Providence, R.I. The senior eclipsed the B cut and broke the Army mark with a time of 48.00 in the 100-yard fly, giving him second place in the event. He also took second in the 200 fly with a clocking of 1:47.59, which was another B cut and academy record. Andrews rounded out his weekend participating on Army’s school record-breaking 400 medley relay foursome (3:18.67), while adding a seventh-place finishing in the 200 IM (1:53.13). It’s Andrews’ second weekly award this season.
FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
NAT BEALE, ARMY Fr., Baltimore, Md.
Beale set the Army record and came up just short of an NCAA B cut time in the 200 back, finishing third with a time of 2:00.40. The freshman posted a strong performance in the 100 back as well, breaking the Army record in the event with a time of 56.51 as part of a relay split, while finishing ninth in 56.66 in the individual event. Her 2:05.31 clocking in the 200 IM set an academy freshman record. Beale garners her second weekly honor of the season.
MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
CHRIS NGUYEN, ARMY Sr., Cheshire, Conn.
Nguyen collects his third straight weekly honor and fifth of the season, putting him two shy of the single-season record of seven with over two months remaining before the Patriot League Championships in February. The senior posted a pair of top-two finishes at the Brown Big Bear Open, taking the victory from the one-meter board with a score of 335.65 and adding a second-place showing with 357.95 points in the three-meter competition. Both scores eclipsed the NCAA Zone qualifiers.
FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
KIM PILKA, COLGATE Sr., Great Falls, Va.
Pilka captures her third weekly honor of the season after finishing with two top-three showing at the Bomber Invitational in Ithaca, N.Y. She broke the Colgate 11-dive record from the one-meter board with a score of 426.00 to place her second. The old mark had stood for 19 years. Pilka added a third-place effort with an 11-dive score of 450.90 in the three-meter competition.
MATT WURM, AMERICAN Jr., Sudbury, Mass.
Wurm was one of two American swimmers to compete at the AT&T U.S. National Winter Championships in Austin, Texas. He took 35th in the 200 back when he touched the wall in 1:48.47, just off the NCAA B cut time.
ERIK HEINEMANN, BUCKNELL So., Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.
Heinemann won two individual races (200 fly, 500 free) and competed on two winning relay teams as Bucknell defeated Binghamton 171-128 Saturday.
ELIZABETH PORCELLIO, BUCKNELL Sr., Fairport, N.Y.
Porcellio captured three individual golds (200 free, 100 fly, 200 IM) as the Bison ran away from Binghamton 215-85 in a dual meet Saturday.
LINDSEY SAGASTA, COLGATE Fr., Tonawanda, N.Y.
Sagasta was responsible for one of the Raiders’ three individual victories over the weekend at the Bomber Invitational. She won the 200 free in 1:52.95 and added a runner-up finish in the 500 free (5:02.45).
JAN YBURAN, HOLY CROSS Jr., Livingston, N.J.
Yburan led Holy Cross with three top-10 finishes at the Harold Anderson Invitational. His best showing was second place in the 100 back (55.51).
Patriot League Track and Field Weekly Awards
M-F ATHLETIC MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
CHRISTIAN LUPICA, BUCKNELL So., Newtown, Pa.
Lupica placed third in the 60-meter hurdles with an IC4A-qualifying and school-record time of 8.05 and won the 300-meter dash with a time of 35.19 on Saturday at the Bison Opener. A three-time M-F Athletic Male Rookie of the Week last season, Lupica wins his first Athlete of the Week award.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
STEPHANIE OKPOEBO, HOLY CROSS Jr., Chelmsford, Mass.
Okpoebo won the 60-meter dash at the Jay Carisella Invitational on Saturday with a time of 7.74, and placed third in the 200-meter dash in 25.02. The latter mark was an ECAC-qualifying time, while the former just missed the ECAC standard by .06. Okpoebo claims her first M-F Athletic Female Athlete of the Week award.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
LEONARD JOSEPH, BUCKNELL Sr., Whitesboro, N.Y.
Joseph shattered the IC4A-qualifying standard and recorded his sixth weight throw win since 2011-12 with a mark of 18.81 meters (61-8 ½) on Saturday at the Bison Opener. He wins his fifth career M-F Athletic Male Field Athlete of the Week honor.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
E’LANA LEMON, LEHIGH Sr., West Orange, N.J.
Lemon dominated the weight throw at the Lehigh Season Opener on Friday with a mark of 17.17 meters that easily topped the ECAC-qualifying standard and was 3.17 meters ahead of the rest of the field. She wins the M-F Athletic Female Field Athlete of the Week award for the ninth time in her career after claiming the honor four times in each of the past two seasons.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
JAIE MANESS, NAVY Fr., Winston-Salem, N.C.
Maness opened his collegiate career in impressive fashion by winning the pole vault with an IC4A- qualifying height of 4.95 meters (16-2 ¾) on Saturday at the Navy Invitational. It was nearly six inches higher than the winning pole vault at last year’s Patriot League championships.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
OONA WOOD, HOLY CROSS Fr., Williamstown, Mass.
Wood placed second in the 500-meter dash at the Jay Carisella Invitational on Saturday with a time of 1:16.86, coming within a second of hitting the ECAC-qualifying standard.
ZACK DUNCAVAGE, NAVY Jr., League City, Texas
Duncavage finished second in the weight throw at the Navy Invitational with an IC4A-qualifying mark of 18.61 meters (61-0 ¾), the top toss for a Navy thrower since 2008-09.
CHRISTOPHER GALVIN, NAVY Sr., Austin, Texas
Galvin placed third in the 5,000-meter run at the Navy Invitational with an IC4A-qualifying time and personal record of 14:30.90.
MARTIN OTIENO, LEHIGH Jr., East Orange, N.J.
Otieno just missed IC4A-qualifying marks at the Lehigh Season Opener on Friday as he finished first in the 60-meter run with a time of 6.99 and second in the 200-meter dash in a time of 22.61.
HANA CASALNOVA, BUCKNELL Jr., Grove City, Pa.
Casalnova finished first in the mile at the Bison Opener on Saturday, narrowly missing an ECAC standard with her time of 5:01.57.