Jan. 15, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Mike Nicholson show continued at Bucknell while the Army men beat a pair of Patriot League opponents to highlight last weekend's slate in swimming and diving.
Nicholson won another Patriot League Male Swimmer of the Week award, his fifth of the year and League record 16th in his career, after winning three individual events against Army on Saturday and one more against Binghamton on Sunday to bring his season total to 26.
Army hosted both Lehigh and Bucknell in dual meets, with the Black Knights sweeping the Mountain Hawks on Friday before the Army men and Bucknell women came away with wins on Saturday.
Patriot League Swimming and Diving Weekly Awards
MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
MIKE NICHOLSON, BUCKNELL Sr., Chappaqua, N.Y.
Nicholson earns his second straight Patriot League Male Swimmer of the Week award and extends his career record to 16 after two strong performances over the weekend. He placed first in the 200 fly (148.20) against Army on Saturday, with his time coming within .21 seconds of an NCAA B standard. Nicholson also won the 100 fly (49.76) and 200 IM (1:53.27) against the Black Knights and added a win in the 200 IM (1:54.95) against Binghamton on Sunday to run his season total to 26 individual event victories. Nicholson earns his fifth Patriot League Male Swimmer of the Week honor of the season, just one off the Patriot League record.
FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
ZACH WOODS, ARMY Jr., Collierville, Tenn.
ARIANA BULLARD, ARMY Fr., Carmel, Ind.
Bullard had a dominant weekend for the Black Knights as she won the 200 fly, 100 fly and 200 IM against both Lehigh and Bucknell. She swam the 200 fly in 2:05.15, 100 fly in 56.69 and 200 IM in 2:09.32 in a 181-113 victory against the Mountain Hawks on Friday, then swam times of 2:04.63 in the 200 fly, 57.11 in the 100 fly and 2:08.25 in the 200 IM in a 157.5-142.5 loss to Bucknell on Saturday. She was also part of the first-place 400 medley relay team against Lehigh and winning 200 medley relay team against Bucknell. Bullard earns her second Patriot League Female Swimmer of the Week award of the season.
Woods won four events over the weekend, taking first place in both the 1-meter and 3-meter against Lehigh on Friday and Bucknell on Saturday. He hit NCAA qualifying standards in all four events, winning with scores of 322.20 in the 1-meter and 337.65 in the 3-meter against Lehigh and 316.05 in the 1-meter and 332.58 in the 3-meter against Bucknell. He also helped Army to team victories against both Patriot League opponents as the Black Knights topped Lehigh 196-97 and Bucknell 195-105.
FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
KATIE HETHERINGTON, BUCKNELL Jr., Houston, Texas
Hetherington helped Bucknell to a narrow win at Army by winning both the 1-meter and 3-meter events on Saturday. She scored 245.62 in the 1-meter and 265.12 in the 3-meter to sweep the events for the second time this season and help the Bison to a 157.5-142.5 win over Army. Hetherington is named Patriot League Female Diver of the Week for the fourth time this season and 12th in her career.
TOM DUVALL, NAVY So., Durham, N.H.
Duvall won both the 500 and 1000 free against No. 11 North Carolina on Saturday and was the lone Mid to win a pair of events against the Tar Heels.
CHRIS SZEKELY, ARMY Jr., Doylestown, Pa.
Szekely won five of his six events over the weekend, sweeping the 50, 100 and 200 free against Lehigh on Friday before claiming the 50 and 100 free versus Bucknell on Saturday as Army won both meets.
EMMA LEVENDOSKI, BUCKNELL So., Madeville, La.
Levendoski won both the 100 back and 200 back to help Bucknell to a 157.5-142.5 win over Army on Saturday, and also won the 200 back against Binghamton on Sunday.
Patriot League Notebook
LEAGUE ACTION CONTINUES
There were a pair of Patriot League meets over the weekend as Army beat Lehigh 196-97 on the men's side and 181-113 in the women's competition on Friday at West Point before beating the Bucknell men 195-105 but falling to the Bucknell women 157.5-142.5 on Saturday. There were numerous League matchups before the New Year, and they continue this weekend as Army, Colgate and Lafayette all face off in Hamilton and Lehigh welcomes Loyola Maryland on Saturday. American and Holy Cross will also compete on Thursday and Friday.
BULLARD, WOODS WITH BIG WEEKEND FOR BLACK KNIGHTS
Army freshman Ariana Bullard made a statement to the League with her performance against Lehigh and Bucknell over the weekend. She dominated both opponents as Bullard took first place in the 100 fly, 200 fly and 200 IM against the Mountain Hawks and the Bison. She was also part of winning relay teams against both foes. Not to be outdone on the men's side, Army's Zach Woods won the 1-meter and 3-meter diving competitions against both Lehigh and Bucknell and posted NCAA qualifying standards throughout the weekend.
BACK TO LEJEUNE
Bucknell and Navy continue to trade off hosting duties for the Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships, with the Mids taking the honors in 2014. Lejeune Hall will serve as the site of the newly-expanded 10-team championship from Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 19-22 in Annapolis, Md.
MORE TEAMS, ANOTHER DAY
The Patriot League's expansion to 10 schools with the additions of Boston University and Loyola Maryland means that the swimming and diving championships will grow also. What has traditionally been a three-day meet spanning Thursday to Saturday will expand to four starting with the 2014 edition hosted in Annapolis, Md. While the exact order of events has yet to be officially announced, the duration of the championship increases by one day with festivities beginning on Wednesday.
NAVY TOPS PRESEASON POLLS
Coming off its second straight sweep at the Patriot League Swimming and Diving championships, Navy was named the favorite in the 2013 preseason poll of the head coaches and sports information directors who could not cast ballots for their own teams.
Both Mid teams topped their respective voting with 160 points and 16 first-place votes. In the men's poll, League newcomer Boston University took second with 141 points and three first-place votes, while 2013 championship runner-up Army was third with 137 points and the last remaining first-place ballot.
Bucknell came in fourth with 110 points, with Lehigh close behind with 100 points to take fifth. The League's second newcomer, Loyola Maryland, finished sixth in the men's voting with 68 points, while American (seventh, 60 points), Colgate (eighth, 57), Lafayette (ninth, 49) and Holy Cross (10th, 18) rounded out the men's balloting.
Just as in the men's poll, the Terriers claimed second in the women's balloting with 140 points and four first-place votes. Third place went to Bucknell with 127 points, while Colgate claimed fourth with 113. Army eclipsed the century mark in points to claim fifth in the poll with 101. The rest of the poll featured Lehigh (sixth, 77 points), Loyola (seventh, 76), Lafayette (eighth, 49), American (ninth, 39) and Holy Cross (10th, 18).