Dec. 10, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for Dec. 3-9 in swimming and diving and track and field.
There was just one swimming and diving meet last week, as Navy swept its annual showdown with rival Army in competition that was split between Piscataway, N.J., and Philadelphia. The Mids posted several NCAA B cut times and secured three of the four weekly honors in the process.
Women dominated the weekend in track and field, with each of the four qualifying marks that were set being accomplished by female student-athletes. Youth was also served, as each of the weekly award nominees were first-time honorees and three of the top four awards were won by sophomores.
Patriot League Swimming and Diving Weekly Awards
MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
BEN BONDURANT, NAVY Sr., Atlanta, Ga.
Bondurant picks up his second weekly honor of the season after scoring an NCAA B cut time of 1:47.02 to win the 200-yard butterfly in Navy’s 190-109 victory over Army Thursday in Philadelphia. That race featured a showdown with last week’s Male Swimmer of the Week Ayman Andrews, with Bondurant edging his Black Knight counterpart by 0.58 seconds. Bondurant was part of a second B-cut effort for the Mids, as they surpassed the standard with a time of 1:29.32 to win the meet’s 200 medley relay. The senior added a second individual victory in the 200 IM, winning in 1:51.04.
FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
LAURA GORINSKI, NAVY Sr., Greensburg, Pa.
Gorinski secures her fourth weekly award of her senior campaign, doing so in impressive fashion with three individual wins in Thursday’s 207-93 victory over Army. She swept the breaststroke events, bettering the NCAA B cut in the 100 yard event with a time of 1:01.94, and surpassing the mark in the 200 breast with a time of 2:14.12. Her third individual victory came in the 200 IM, which she won by over a second and a half with a time of 2:02.58. She’s won all 12 individual events in which she’s competed in dual meets. Gorinski was also part of Navy’s winning 200 medley relay team, which narrowly missed the NCAA B cut with a time of 1:42.82. She now has 15 career honors, putting her one away from the League mark of 16 held by Navy’s Tara Chapmon.
MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
CHRIS NGUYEN, ARMY Sr., Cheshire, Conn.
Nguyen ties the League record with his fourth consecutive Male Diver of the Week nod after winning the three-meter competition against Navy with 381.60 points and taking runner-up from the one-meter with 345.90 points. Nguyen’s victory from the three-meter board came by nearly 40 points. He becomes the third student-athlete in League history to win four straight weekly awards, joining Navy’s Olaf Olson (2010-11) and Navy’s Kevin Teague, who did it twice (2003-04; 2006-07). It’s Nguyen’s sixth weekly award of the season, placing him one shy of Teague’s single-season record of seven honors.
FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
JULIE JESSE, NAVY Fr., Goshen, Ind.
Jesse was impressive with her first collegiate victory and a runner-up finish in her first taste of the Army-Navy rivalry. The freshman won the one-meter dive with a score of 221.10 points, clearing the field by almost six points, and took second in the three-meter competition with 223.25 points. She eclipsed her previous season highs by over 20 points from both boards.
NATALIE BEALE, ARMY Fr., Baltimore, Md.
Beale swept the backstrokes against Navy, including setting an academy record with a 56.27 clocking in the 100-yard race. She won the 200 back in 2:01.55.
MAGGIE CHURCHILL, ARMY So., Fox Island, Wash.
Churchill won the three-meter dive with 235.85 points, and finished fifth from the one-meter board with a score of 200.45 against Navy.
Patriot League Track and Field Weekly Awards
M-F ATHLETIC MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
TREVOR DUTTON, HOLY CROSS So., Burlington, Mass.
Dutton placed second in the 500-meter dash at the Harvard Open with a time of 1:06.19, within a second of the IC4A standard. He was the top finisher for Holy Cross in his first-ever 500m race in competition. Dutton is Holy Cross’ first M-F Athletic Male Track Athlete of the Week since the 2008-09 season.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
ANNIE-NORAH BEVERIDGE, NAVY So., Ann Arbor, Mich.
Beveridge easily eclipsed the ECAC standard as she won the 5,000-meter run at the Navy Invitational on Thursday with a time of 17:05.73. She won the race by 55 seconds and fell well under the ECAC mark of 17:33.64. It was a personal record time and fell just three seconds shy of the facility record.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
DEREK GAUL, LEHIGH So., Spencer, N.Y.
Gaul recorded a mark of 6.99 meters in the long jump at the Fast Times Before Finals event at Lehigh on Friday. It was just shy of the IC4A standard of 7.02 meters and earned him a second-place finish.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
VERONICA FFRENCH, NAVY Jr., Milton, Fla.
Ffrench earned an ECAC-qualifying mark while winning the high jump at the Navy Invitational on Thursday with a 1.70-meter jump. She also recorded top-10 finishes in the 60-meter dash (sixth) and 4 X 400-meter relay (eighth).
M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
JARREL BOBB, LAFAYETTE Fr., Bushkill, Pa.
Bobb finished in fourth place in both the long jump and triple jump at the Lehigh Fast Times Before Finals Meet on Friday. His mark of 6.9 meters in the long jump was the 10th-best in school history and just short of the IC4A standard, while he hit a mark of 13.88 meters in the triple jump.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
DEVIN SMITH, LAFAYETTE Fr., Andover, N.J.
Smith placed third in the 200-meter dash at the Lehigh Fast Times Before Finals event on Friday, running the race in a time of 26.22 for the ninth-fastest mark in school history.
ELISE BUFFINTON, LAFAYETTE Jr., Lewisburg, Pa.
Buffinton had an ECAC-qualifying jump of 3.60 meters and finished in second place in the pole vault at the Princeton New Year’s Invitational on Sunday.
STEPHANIE OKPOEBO, HOLY CROSS Jr., Chelmsford, Mass.
Okpoebo set a pair of school records at the Harvard Open, finishing second with a time of 7.17 in the 55-meter dash and placing third in the 300-meter dash with a time of 40.52.
DANIELLE ALBERGO, LEHIGH Jr., Simsbury, Conn.
Albergo took first place in the 400-meter dash at Lehigh’s Fast Times Before Finals with a time of 58.55.