Patriot League Well Represented in Latest ECAC Weekly Awards

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Lehigh's Brooke Astor

Dec. 12, 2013

ECAC Men's Swimming and Diving Awards | Women's Swimming and Diving Awards | Men's Track and Field | Women's Track and Field

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Six Patriot Leaguers in swimming and diving and track and field were recognized with ECAC Corvias Division I Weekly Awards on Wednesday.

Boston University and Loyola Maryland each picked up a pair of accolades, while Bucknell and Lehigh split the remaining two. The Terriers’ representatives were junior Connor Stuewe, who was named the ECAC New England Men’s Swimmer of the Week, and senior Chelsea Glincman, the New England Women’s Diver of the Week

Loyola’s two honors went to junior Ruslan Kopunek as the ECAC South Men’s Swimmer of the Week and senior Michael Brown as the ECAC South Men’s Diver of the Week.

Bucknell junior Christian Lupica was honored as the ECAC South Men’s Co-Track and Field Athlete of the Week, while Lehigh senior Brooke Astor rounded out the laurels as the ECAC South Women’s Track and Field Athlete of the Week.

Wednesday’s honors come on the heels of Patriot League recognition received on Monday by Kopunek (Male Swimmer of the Week), Brown (Male Diver of the Week), Glincman (Female Diver of the Week), Lupica (M-F Athletic Male Track Athlete of the Week) and Astor (M-F Athletic Female Field Athlete of the Week).

Kopunek posted season-best times in a pair of individual race victories as the Greyhounds went 2-1 at their own H2ounds Invitational over the weekend that featured Iona, St. Peter's and Marist. He captured his fourth victory of the season in the 100 free with 46.58, and added his third win in the 50 free with a clocking of 20.81, both season bests for the junior. Kopunek was also part of two victorious relay squads, one runner-up relay effort (which lost by just four hundredths of a second) and had a sixth-place time in the 100 fly in 52.98.

Brown won the one-meter dive for the fourth time this season with a score of 268.95 at Loyola's own H2ounds Invite against Marist, Iona and St. Peter's. It was his seventh overall victory during his senior season. Brown also added a fifth-place showing from the three-meter board with 233 points.

Glincman had a strong showing off the boards for the Terriers with two second-place showings in their 186-132 victory over visiting Rutgers on Saturday. The senior was consistent with 269.10 points off the three-meter board, and 260.40 points off the one-meter apparatus. She was BU's leader off both boards.

Stuewe recorded one of BU's three victories in Saturday's meet loss to Yale. He took the 100 back in 50.62 while adding a runner-up swim in the 200 back (1:50.73).

Lupica had an outstanding start to his 2013-14 season by setting a pair of school records and easily hitting an IC4A qualifying mark at the home Bison Opener. He finished in second place in the 60-meter hurdles with a school-record time of 8.03, easily eclipsing the IC4A standard of 8.25. Lupica also set a school record while winning the 300-meter dash in a time of 34.62. Lupica claims the third Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Track Athlete of the Week honor of his career.

Astor has won the pentathlon at the Patriot League Championship in each of her first three seasons, but was never better than she was this weekend by putting up a personal best score of 3,578 to win at Lehigh's Fast Times Before Finals. It easily topped the ECAC standard of 3,450 while marking a personal best and facility record at Rauch Fieldhouse. Astor won three of the five events, setting an ECAC qualifying mark with a time of 8.80 in the 60-meter hurdles and also recording a personal record in the shot put (10.66) and tying a personal best in the long jump (5.46m). She wins the Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Field Athlete of the Week honor for the first time.