Senior Mac Anthony leads the Navy men into a meet Saturday at Penn State.
Jan. 11, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — After an extended break for many that coincided with the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, team competition got underway again last week with Army participating in the San Juan Invitational, while the Navy fell to No. 22 Princeton and Lehigh split with Marist in Bethlehem.
The Black Knights finished fourth out of eight on the men’s side, while the women took sixth of eight in competition in Puerto Rico.
In the first dual meets of 2012 for any League teams, the Navy men went the distance against nationally-ranked Princeton before falling in a close matchup, 152.5-147.5, at Lejeune Hall in Annapolis. Male Swimmer of the Week Mac Anthony was individually responsible for a pair of first-place showings for the Mids, who collected a total of eight for the meet. With the two individual wins, Anthony is up to 16 on the season, while his first-place time of 1:49.61 in the 200-meter freestyle was the second fastest in Academy history.
Sophomore Ben Freedman was named Male Diver of the Week after taking first in the one-meter competition and finishing runner-up in the three-meter.
The Lehigh men posted a convincing 202-98 victory over Marist Saturday in the team’s first outing of the new year. The Lehigh women fell 171-129 to the Red Foxes.
Senior Kevin Shoemaker continued his string of strong performances during the 2011-12 campaign. He logged three individual wins, taking down the 100- and 200-yard flys along with the 200 IM, while helping the Mountain Hawks win the 200 medley relay in 1:36.82. The Lehigh men ran their record in duals to 7-0, while Shoemaker continues to dominate the flys for the Mountain Hawks.
On the women’s side, freshman Alissa Leung continued her strong rookie season by sweeping the 100 and 200 backs against the Red Foxes, posting times of 1:00.43 and 2:08.59, respectively. Leung added a third-place finish in the 200 IM and helped Lehigh take second in the 200 medley relay.
The dual meet schedule picks up this week with a matchup of League rivals. Bucknell visits Colgate for a 3 p.m. tilt in Hamilton, N.Y., in the only action on the slate Wednesday.
Lehigh returns to the pool Friday when it heads to West Point to visit the Black Knights of Army. That meet is set for 6 p.m.
Saturday’s slate is the busiest in several weeks. Both Navy squads head to Penn State to take on the host Nittany Lions, while the women will also battle Arkansas. American visits James Madison for a quad that also features George Washington and VMI. Bucknell heads to Army in a League showdown, while Colgate hosts local rival Cornell.
A busy weekend concludes Sunday with three meets. Colgate is back in action hosting Binghamton, the Bucknell men host Columbia and the Bucknell women entertain Rutgers.
Patriot League Weekly Awards
MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
MAC ANTHONY, NAVY Sr., Allentown, Pa.
Anthony alone accounted for two of the Mids’ eight event victories in Saturday’s narrow 152.5-147.5 loss to No. 22 Princeton at Lejeune Hall in Annapolis, Md. The senior took down first place in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 50.49, and added another win in the 200-meter free with a clocking of 1:49.61. His time in the latter is the second-fastest in the event in Navy history, behind his own school record. Anthony also took sixth in the 400-meter free with a time of 4:06.38, and was instrumental in the Mids’ victory in the 400-meter free relay. The Navy foursome posted a time of 3:23.05. Anthony now has 16 individual event wins on the season.
FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
ALISSA LEUNG, LEHIGH Fr., Garden City, N.Y.
Leung swept the 100- and 200-yard backstrokes for Lehigh in its 171-129 loss to Marist Saturday, continuing her strong showings in those two events during her first collegiate season. She touched the wall in 1:00.43 to win the 100 back and clocked a 2:08.59 to take first in the 200 back. Leung added a third-place showing in the 200 IM with a 2:16.23. Leung capped off her competition by helping the Mountain Hawks take second in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:50.93.
MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
BEN FREEDMAN, NAVY So., Kennewick, Wash.
Freedman was victorious in the one-meter dive against Princeton, scoring 325.20 to win by 23 points. That point total is also high enough to qualify for the NCAA Zone Diving meet later in the spring. Freedman added a second-place showing from the three-meter board with 292.25 points, finishing just .25 points shy of first. Freedman now has two victories in the one-meter event and has five top-two finishes in six outings from the three-meter board.
FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
NO NOMINATIONS THIS WEEK
KEVIN SHOEMAKER, LEHIGH Sr., Hellertown, Pa.
Shoemaker contributed three first-place finishes and was part of a winning relay in Lehigh’s 202-98 win over visiting Marist Saturday. He captured wins in the 100- and 200-yard flys and the 200 IM, and was part of Lehigh’s victorious 200 medley relay.
Patriot League Notebook
GORINSKI LEADS RECORD BOOK REWRITE
Navy junior Laura Gorinski set three Patriot League records while she and her teammates combined to break 25 others as the Mids rolled to a 226.5-73.5 victory at Army in the annual Star Meet between the Academy Rivals in December. Gorinski set League benchmarks in the 100- and 200-yard breaststrokes (1:00.72 and 2:11.10, respectively), along with the 200 individual medley (2:00.33). She now owns three individual League records, the most of any student-athlete, ahead of Erin McGraw of Colgate and Tara Chapmon of Navy, who have two individual marks apiece. All three of Gorinski’s records are faster than those on the League Championship list, meaning she could be gearing up for a big performance when Navy hosts this season’s meet next month at Lejeune Hall.
SEGAR QUALIFIES FOR OLYMPIC TRIALS
Last year in early December, Navy’s Laura Gorinski competed at the U.S. Short and Long Course National Championships in Columbus, Ohio. During the long course portion of the competition in a 50-meter pool, Gorinski qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke events. Bucknell senior Matthew Segar will join Gorinski at the Olympic Trials after his performance in early December at the U.S. Winter Nationals in Atlanta. He qualified for an opportunity to vie for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team after clocking a 1:52.24 in the preliminaries of the 200-meter freestyle, an event in which he eventually placed 29th.
ANOTHER AIMS TO REP HIS COUNTRY
Another Patriot League swimmer who is working toward potentially representing his country in the 2012 Summer Olympics is Colgate senior captain Costas Hadjipateras. Hadjipateras swam in three events earlier this season at the International Meeting at Alexandria in Athens, Greece, where he won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:05.00. Born in New York City and hailing from New Canaan, Conn., Hadjipateras qualified for the European Grand Prix in Munich, Germany in March, while his time in the 200 fly currently seeds him fifth for the Greek Olympic Trials, scheduled for May in Athens.
Top times for the student-athletes in the Patriot League are available by going to the Patriot League Swimming and Diving homepage at http://www.patriotleague.org/sports/c-swim/patr-c-swim-body.html. There fans can find the Top Times link in the sidebar on the right side of the page underneath the standings. That will bring up CollegeSwimming.com. To find the League’s top times in all swimming events, make sure to change the conference setting to “PL.”
NAVY AIMS FOR ANOTHER TROPHY
The Navy men extended their record run to eight consecutive Patriot League Championships last season when they captured the trophy at Bucknell. While the Mids have already secured the mark for most consecutive titles, they can focus on tying rival Army for the most men’s crowns in League history. The Black Knights dominated in the early years of the League, capturing nine championships in a 10-year span from 1992-2001, with 1999 the sole exception when Lehigh won the hardware. If the preseason poll is any indication, Navy will pull even with Army in most men’s championships at this season’s meet in Annapolis, Md. The men collected the maximum 98 points and 14 first-place votes, with Army (second, 83 points) and Bucknell (third, 73) splitting the remaining two. Lehigh was picked fourth with 59 points, followed by Colgate (56), Lafayette (33), American (32) and Holy Cross (14).
THREE OUT OF FOUR AND LOOKING FOR MORE
Colgate has won three of the last four League titles on the women’s side and led wire to wire at last year’s championship meet with first-year head coach Fernando Canales at the helm. The Raiders will look for their fourth crown when the championships return to Navy’s Lejeune Hall Feb. 16-18. Colgate finished first in the preseason poll with 95 points and 13 first-place votes, but the host Mids were right behind with 87 points and the last three first-place ballots. It was the Mids who snapped Colgate’s two-year championship run by winning the trophy in 2010, when the League meet was last held in Annapolis, Md. Bucknell took third in the women’s preseason voting with 74 points, while Army was fourth with 60. Rounding out the poll was Lehigh in fifth with 46 points, American in sixth with 45, followed by Lafayette (seventh, 27) and Holy Cross (eighth, 14).