Jan. 15, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – With the last leg of the 2012-13 Patriot League swimming and diving schedule in full swing, all eight schools are gearing up for the League championships just over a month away.
Two of Monday’s weekly honorees have etched their names squarely in the Patriot League record book. Army senior Chris Nguyen tied the single-season mark with his fourth Male Diver of the Week nod, which came as a result of capturing three wins and one runner-up finish in a pair of meets over the weekend against League foes. The Black Knights were victorious at Lehigh Friday and at Bucknell Saturday.
It’s the second record Nguyen has matched this season, as the Cheshire, Conn., native also equaled the mark for the most consecutive Male Diver of the Week awards with four earlier this season.
Another senior is putting together a strong season as she prepares for the championship meet in February. Navy’s Laura Gorinski will look to defend her title as the Patriot League Female Swimmer of the Meet when Bucknell hosts the field next month, and it will be an opportunity for her to put a capstone on quite a career. On Monday she tied the League career mark with her 16th Female Swimmer of the Week nod after posting two breaststroke wins against North Carolina. Gorinski is tied with former Navy freestyler Tara Chapmon.
It was a busy weekend for League matchups, as Army swept Lehigh Friday and earned a split Saturday at Bucknell, with the Bison women coming up with the victory. Bucknell had split with Colgate on Friday as well, with the men taking the win.
Other weekend action included Navy hosting nationally ranked North Carolina inside renovated Lejeune Hall in Annapolis, Md., American taking on Georgetown and James Madison in a tri-meet and Colgate following up Friday’s meet with Bucknell by taking on Cornell Saturday.
Patriot League Swimming and Diving Quick Hits
• American and Army square off as part of a tri-meet at George Mason Saturday in Fairfax, Va. It’s the only meet of the week where two League foes will go head-to-head.
• Holy Cross is in action for the first time in 2013 when it takes part in the Worcester City Championships Friday and Saturday.
• Two non-League meets are set for Friday, with Army visiting Delaware and Colgate heading to Binghamton.
• Navy is off this weekend, and returns to the pool Jan. 26 at Penn State.
• Lafayette’s first foray into pool competition in 2013 is Jan. 26 when it takes part in a tri-meet at Army that also includes Colgate.
• Mike Nicholson is two Male Swimmer of the Week nods away from tying the single-season mark of six shared by Navy’s Adam Meyer (2007-08) and Mac Anthony (2011-12). He has 10 awards for his career.
Patriot League Weekly Awards (1.7-1.13)
MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
MIKE NICHOLSON, BUCKNELL Jr., Chappaqua, N.Y.
Nicholson picks up his second straight Male Swimmer of the Week award and fourth of the season after a strong showing over the weekend in meets against League rivals Colgate and Army. He was the Bison’s top performer, picking up four individual victories as Bucknell went 1-1. Friday against the Raiders, Nicholson finished first in the 100-yard breast (58.32) and 200 back (1:57.77). A day later he added victories in the 200 fly (1:49.66) and 200 breast (2:05.19) against the Black Knights. In both meets the junior also swam the lead leg of the Bison’s victorious 200 medley relay.
FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
LAURA GORINSKI, NAVY Sr., Greensburg, Pa.
Gorinski was strong for Navy in its 213-84 loss Saturday against No. 16 North Carolina in Annapolis, Md. The senior picked up in 2013 where she left off in ’12 by winning the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke events in 1:11.09 and 2:33.71, respectively, to win both by just over 1.1 seconds. Already the academy record holder in both events, each of Gorinski’s times placed her name again in the top five. In addition, she competed on Navy’s 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay teams that both took third. With Monday’s honor, Gorinski picks up her 16th career citation, tying former Navy standout Tara Chapmon for the most in League history.
MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
CHRIS NGUYEN, ARMY Sr., Cheshire, Conn.
Also tying a record Monday is Army’s Chris Nguyen, who matches Navy’s Kevin Teague with his seventh Male Diver of the Week award this season. The senior from Cheshire, Conn., won three of four events over the weekend, all against League opponents. He opened the weekend with two victories in the Black Knights’ sweep at Lehigh, including a Jacobs Pool-record 355.05 points off the three-meter board. He won the one-meter competition with a score of 357.37 points. A day later at Bucknell, Nguyen won the three-meter again with 335.25 points and settled for second place with 298.05 points in the one-meter competition.
FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
KIM PILKA, COLGATE Sr., Great Falls, Va.
Pilka continues to gear up for next month’s Patriot League Championships in impressive fashion by sweeping the one- and three-meter boards against Bucknell Friday and Cornell Saturday. In both instances she scored higher in Saturday’s meet against the Big Red. She scored 272.70 points to win the one-meter and 296.40 points from the three-meter board against the Bison Friday. The next day she tallied 280.27 points from the one-meter board and 297.31 in the three-meter competition versus Cornell.
CHRIS SZEKELY, ARMY Fr., Doylestown, Pa.
Won all five individual events in which he competed over the weekend, taking victories in the 100- and 200-yard freestyles against Lehigh Friday, and adding wins in those events plus another in the 500 free Saturday at Bucknell.
MOLLY MUCCIARONE, ARMY Fr., Cranbury, N.J.
Won three events and totaled five top-three finishes over the weekend. Her winning 100 fly time of 56.79 at Lehigh set a Jacobs Pool record.
KELLY PONTECORVO, BUCKNELL Jr., New Providence, N.J.
Took three individual races over the weekend, including a pair of victories in the 1,000-yard free.
KATIE HETHERINGTON, BUCKNELL So., Houston, Texas
Swept both boards against Army and took runner-up in each against Colgate.
EMMA SANTORO, COLGATE Sr., Fall River, Mass.
Won three events in Friday’s victory over Bucknell, taking wins in the 100- and 200-yard breast swims along with first in the 200 IM.
LUKE HOFFER, NAVY Jr., Chapel Hill, N.C.
Won the 200-meter breast against No. 22 North Carolina in 2:16.88.
BEN FREEDMAN, NAVY Jr., Kennewick, Wash.
Posted a pair of top-four finishes against the Tar Heels, including scoring 360.45 points to take second in the three-meter competition.