Nov. 19, 2010
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Navy's Laura Gorinski (So., Greensburg, Pa.) broke a school record and Mac Anthony (Jr., Allentown, Pa.) placed second in an individual event to highlight the second day of competition for the school's swimming and diving programs at the Nike Cup Friday in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Gorinski posted a time of 4:20.18 in the championship final of the 400 individual medley event Friday night. Her clocking not only placed her sixth in the race, it also smashed the school record of 4:22.95 set by Kelly Zahalka four seasons ago. Gorinski would go on to record the third-fastest clocking by a Mid in the 100 breaststroke with her time of 1:02.89 in the championship final of the event. That effort, which also placed her sixth in the field, was exactly one second off of her own school standard.
"That was a gutsy race by Laura," said Navy women's swimming head coach John Morrison. "She really went after the record and came up big. It was a lifetime best time for her by seven seconds."
The highest placing Mid in a women's event Friday was Toni Paruso (So., Savannah, Ga.), who finished in fourth place in the 100 butterfly with a time of 55.19. That clocking ranks fourth in school history, while Kellie Darmody's (So., Charlotte, N.C.) time of 56.61 in the 100 backstroke placed her seventh in the final and allowed her to tally the third-fastest time in Navy history in the event. Additionally, Navy's fifth-place finishing 200 medley relay team recorded the No. 5 time in school history with a clocking of 1:44.53, and its sixth-place finishing 800 freestyle relay team posted the No. 6 time at Navy with its time of 7:36.61.
"We had a good day Thursday, but we really attacked out there today," said Morrison. "You could see the team competing with a lot of pride out there for their teammates and for Navy. A lot of people really stepped up for us. This normally has been a day of struggles for us in the relays, but that was not the case today."
On the men's side for Navy, Anthony finished in second place -- the highest placing by a male or female Mid through two days of competition at the meet -- in the 200 freestyle with his time of 1:37.01. Anthony, who posted the No. 4 time in Navy history in the event with his effort, would finish 1.5 seconds in back of the winning time of 1:35.53 set by South Carolina's Michael Flach. Anthony would join Gorinski as Mids who advanced to a pair of championship finals on the day with his sixth-place time of 50.37 in the 100 backstroke.
Other Mids to compete in a championship final Friday were Steve Dukleth (Jr., Glen Ellyn, Ill.), Luke Hoffer (Fr., Chapel Hill, N.C.), Erik Hunter (Sr., Placerville, Calif.) and Ben Bondurant (So., Atlanta, Ga.). Dukleth placed fifth (49.63) in the 100 fly, Hoffer finished in seventh place (56.48) in the 100 breaststroke, and Hunter and Bondurant placed seventh (3:59.96) and eighth (4:01.59), respectively, in the 400 individual medley.
"I am thrilled with the effort of the team," said Navy men's swimming head coach Bill Roberts. "They performed real well this morning, then came back this evening and found ways to have an even better session of performances."
The Navy women's team improved its position in the team standings by one place Friday. After beginning the day in sixth place, the Mids moved into fifth place with its overall tally of 221 points. Conversely, the Navy men's team saw its position fall by one spot Friday. The Mids enter Saturday's final day of competition in third place with 456.5 points.
Event-host North Carolina holds sizeable leads in both the men's (993 total points) and women's (1,094) fields.
200 Medley Relay - 5. Navy, 1:44.53; 15. Navy, 1:49.43
400 Individual Medley - 5. Laura Gorinski, 4:20.18; 14. Colleen Randolph, 4:32.44
100 Butterfly - 4. Toni Paruso, 55.19
200 Freestyle - 9. Allison Ranzau, 1:51.11
100 Breaststroke - 6. Laura Gorinski, 1:02.89
100 Backstroke - 7. Kellie Darmody, 56.61
800 Freestyle Relay - 6. Navy, 7:36.61; 14. Navy, 7:44.13; 17. Navy, 7:50.50
200 Medley Relay - 6. Navy, 1:32.20; 12. Navy, 1:35.19; 16. Navy, 1:35.75
400 Individual Medley - 7. Erik Hunter, 3:59.96; 8. Ben Bondurant, 4:01.59; 9. Patrick Veltman, 3:57.91; 12. Joseph Stark, 4:03.69; 15. Conor Campbell, 4:07.56
100 Butterfly - 5. Steve Dukleth, 49.63; 12. Mark Meyer, 50.00; 16. Robbie Parker, 50.49
200 Freestyle - 2. Mac Anthony, 1:37.01; 13. Will Norton, 1:41.42
100 Breaststroke - 7. Luke Hoffer, 56.48; 9. Pete Donahue, 56.69; 16. Andrew Feeney, 58.42
100 Backstroke - 6. Mac Anthony, 50.37; 11. Joseph Stark, 52.03; 12. Mark Meyer, 52.11; T13. Andrew Golankiewicz, 52.25; 15. Gage Trotter, 52.40; 16. Conor Campbell, 52.99
800 Freestyle Relay - 7. Navy, 6:49.93; 10. Navy, 6:52.60; 12. Navy, 6:54.45
1. North Carolina, 1,094; 2. South Carolina, 377; 3. Duke, 347; 4. West Virginia, 265; 5. Navy, 221, 6. East Carolina, 216; 7. Old Dominion, 155; 8. James Madison, 110; 9. North Carolina State, 9
1. North Carolina, 993; 2. South Carolina, 498; 3. Navy, 456.5; 4. Duke, 321; 5. West Virginia, 232; 6. East Carolina, 119; 7. Old Dominion, 116.5; 8. North Carolina State, 36; 9. Syracuse, 18