Feb. 26, 2011
Pittsburgh, Pa. - The Navy men's swimming and diving team extending its lead on the rest of the field on the second day of the ECAC Championship on Saturday. The two-time defending ECAC Champions enter the final day of competition with 459 points and hold a 221-point lead over second-place Boston College. The meet is being held at Trees Pool on the University of Pittsburgh campus.
"We are real proud of the efforts of the guys today," said head men's coach Bill Roberts. "The breaststrokers especially did a real nice job coming back in the evening session. They dropped their times from what they did in the preliminaries this morning and they were able to move up a couple of spots in the finals."
Navy picked up solid points from its evening surge in the 100 breaststroke, going 3-4-5 in the event. Ben Grove (Fr. / Winchester, Va.) was third with a 56.40, Andrew Feeney (Norcross, Ga.) was fourth at 56.59 and Matthew Harmon (Cumberland, Md.) was fifth at 56.70.
To kick off the second night of finals, the Navy won the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:31.87. The foursome of Grove, Ryan Stumpf (Sr. / Palm Harbor, Fla.), Charlie Hetzel (Jr. / Weddington, N.C.) and Danny Quinn (So. / Queenstown, Md.) teamed up take the event's top placing. Quinn and Stumpf also won the 200 freestyle relay on Friday.
The Mids went 2-3 in the 100 butterfly as Jesse Cohen
(Sr. / Mountain Lakes, N.J.) took second at 49.62 and Hetzel was third (49.67). Freshman Geramiah Simoes
(Kailua, Hawaii) clocked a 50.47 to place seventh in the event.
Sophomore Sean Bagent (Norcross, Ga.) took third in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:41.68. Quinn was fifth with a 1:41.83 and sophomore John Ojard (Ellicott City, Md.) was eighth, coming in at 1:43.66.
Stumpf placed fifth in the 100 backstroke with a time of 51.45 and freshman Andrew Golankie (Sandy Hook, Conn.) was sixth (51.73).
Meanwhile, the Navy women's swimming and diving team currently sits in sixth place through 26 events with 168.5 points. Harvard leads the women's side after day two with 449 points.
Sophomore Laura Gorinski posted a 1:01.69 in the 100 breaststroke preliminaries on Saturday morning, the second fastest time in school history. Gorinski then clocked a 1:01.74 in the finals on Saturday night to win the individual title. Gorinski is a native of Greensburg, Pa, which is a suburb of Pittsburgh, where the ECACs are being held. She set the school record in the 100 breaststroke earlier this season with a 1:01.13.
Sophomore Kellie Darmody (Charlotte, N.C.) placed second in the 100 butterfly finals, touching in at 55.89. Freshman Olivia Kosaka (Burlen, Wash.) was eighth in the 100-yard back (58.17)
In the final swimming event of the night, the 800 freestyle relay, Navy placed seventh at 7:42.59. The relay team was comprised of Mary-Elyse Janowski (Jr. / New Hyde Park, N.Y.), Nina Vivadelli (Fr. / Richmond, Va.), Heather Klein (Sr. / Chicago, Ill.) and Darmody.
The final day of the ECAC Championships will begin at 9 am Sunday with trials and the Sunday's finals sessions will start at 4 pm.