Jan. 18, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- The countdown to the 2012 Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships began in earnest last week, as several League squads went head-to-head against one another, while Navy continued testing itself against some of the top programs in the country.
Patriot League Swimming and Diving Release - 1.18.12
Bucknell and Colgate split against one another in Hamilton, N.Y., last Wednesday, with the Bison men earning the 205-85 victory while the Raiders won 165-133 on the women's side. The week's slate of League matchups continued Friday, as Army posted a pair of victories over visiting Lehigh at West Point. The Black Knights were victorious on the men's side 167.5-127.5, while posting a 171-129 win in the women's competition.
Saturday was one of the busiest days in quite some time on the schedule. Army settled for a combined 2-2 weekend against League foes as Bucknell came in and posted a 160.5-134.5 victory on the men's side and a 198-97 triumph on the women's.
The Navy men continued their impressive showings against nationally-ranked opponents, as they captured a 155-145 win at No. 23 Penn State in Happy Valley Saturday afternoon. As a whole Navy settled for a split as the Mids fell 237-63 in the women's competition. In addition, the Navy women went up against No. 20 Arkansas at Penn State and was defeated 232.5-67.5.
American posted a strong day Saturday, as the Eagle men defeated Georgetown (152-142) and VMI (187.5-109.5). The American women went 1-2 on the day, picking up a 207-41 victory against VMI while dropping meets to Georgetown (197.5-98.5) and host James Madison (182-86).
Colgate's busy weekend started Saturday with losses at home to local rival Cornell. The Raiders lost 196.5-100.5 in the men's portion of the meet and 175-125 on the women's side. Colgate rebounded Sunday to split with Binghamton, earning a 180-114 victory in the women's portion of the meet while losing 177-121 to the Bearcats on the men's side.
Bucknell, like Colgate, had three meets in five days. After sweeping Army at West Point Saturday, the Bison returned home and were handed a pair of losses. The Bucknell men fell 129.5-111.5 to Columbia, while the women lost 155-83 to Rutgers.
Lafayette returns to competition for the first time since Nov. 18 against Lehigh when the Leopards host Stony Brook Wednesday at 2 p.m. That meet starts another busy stretch for Patriot League teams, although the schedule seems slightly less packed than last week's.
Holy Cross returns to competition for the first time in over a month when it hosts the Worcester City Championships at the Hart Center Pool beginning Friday at 6 p.m. The meet will continue Saturday.
Army stays home to host Drexel Friday at 6 p.m., then welcomes League rival American, Old Dominion and George Mason for a quad meet Saturday starting at 1 p.m.
Colgate and Navy are idle this weekend, but the Midshipwomen will get set to host Johns Hopkins Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 5 p.m. in Annapolis.
Patriot League Weekly Awards
MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
MAC ANTHONY, NAVY Sr., Allentown, Pa.
Another week and another award for Anthony, who garnered the Male Swimmer of the Week nod for the third straight time and fifth overall this season. He won a pair of individual events and swam the anchor leg of the Mids' victorious 400 freestyle relay which clinched a 155-145 victory over No. 23 Penn State Saturday in University Park, Pa. Anthony won the 200 free by 2.18 seconds with a time of 1:38.81, just off the NCAA B-cut standard, and took the 500 free in 4:32.33, clearing the field by 2.36 seconds. He swam the anchor leg of the 400 free relay in 44.34, the second-fastest time of the race. Anthony is now 7-0 in the 200 free this season, which includes victories over swimmers from nationally-ranked programs Virginia, Princeton and Penn State.
FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
RYAN MARYNOWSKI, COLGATE Jr., White Plains, N.Y.
Marynowski enjoyed her best showing of the season to date for Colgate, as she collected first-place finishes in all six events in which she competed. She started the week by capturing both the 100 and 200 flys against Bucknell, helping lift the Raiders to a 165-133 win. She clocked a time of 57.27 in the 100 fly and touched the wall in 2:02.23 in the 200. On Saturday against Cornell, she won the 100 and 200 flys again with time of 57.71 and 2:04.67, respectively. She finished her weekend with a pair of first-place showings as the Raiders defeated Binghamton 180-114. Marynowski swam the 100 back in 59.73 to take first, and added a win in the 200 back in 2:08.85.
MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
CHRIS NGUYEN, ARMY Jr., Cheshire, Conn.
Nguyen collects his fifth Male Diver of the Week award after capturing three wins from the boards against competitors from Patriot League rivals Lehigh and Bucknell last week. He started the week by taking third from the one-meter board against Lehigh with 291.90 points, but rebounded with a first-place showing of 344.55 points to win the three-meter against the Mountain Hawks Friday. A day later against visiting Bucknell, Nguyen swept the boards, scoring 306.97 from the one-meter and 366.60 from the three-meter against the Bison. Both his scores against Bucknell exceeded the NCAA Zone qualifying marks.
FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
KATIE HETHERINGTON, BUCKNELL Fr., Houston, Texas
Hetherington swept the one- and three-meter boards against a pair of Patriot League rivals last week. She captured both events against Colgate on Wednesday, scoring 223.49 points from the one-meter board and tallying 245.48 in the three-meter competition. She improved her scores Saturday against Army, winning from the one-meter with 255.06 points and taking the three-meter with 273.75. She wrapped up her week Sunday at home against Rutgers, taking second in the three-meter competition and sixth from the one-meter board. Hetherington now has six victories in 10 outings from both boards. She already holds the school records in both events.
THOMAS BROWN, BUCKNELL Sr., Ridgefield, Conn.
Brown finished in the top two in all six individual events in which he competed last week, including four victories. He won the 200 IM versus Colgate (1:57.56), the 100 and 200 backs against Army (51.42 and 1:52.18, respectively) and the 200 back (1:51.89) versus Columbia.
KELLIE DARMODY, NAVY Jr., Charlotte, N.C.
Darmody posted a time of 56.92 in the 100 back, which took first place against No. 20 Arkansas and placed third against Penn State. She also took second in the 200 back in 2:03.07, which was second against the Razorbacks and third versus the Nittany Lions.
DAN SWEENEY, COLGATE Jr., New Canaan, Conn.
Sweeney collected five wins in three meets last week, including picking up a first-place showing in the 50 free in 21.51 against Bucknell. He tallied three wins Sunday in Colgate's 177-121 loss to Binghamton.
MING ONG, AMERICAN Jr., Pymble, Australia
Ong won three events during a tri-meet at James Madison, where the Eagles picked up victories over Georgetown and VMI. He swept the 100 and 200 breaststroke events with time of 1:00.25 and 2:12.68, respectively, while taking the 200 IM in 1:56.12.
Patriot League Notebook
LEAGUE TEAMS GO HEAD-TO-HEAD
Now that Christmas and New Year's are behing everybody, the swimming and diving schedule hit its usual January stride last week with several meets featuring Patriot League teams going head-to-head in anticipation of next month's championships at Navy. Colgate and Bucknell met in Hamilton, N.Y., last Wednesday with the teams splitting, while Army won both meets against Lehigh Friday at West Point. Bucknell then picked up a sweep of Army on the road on Saturday. League foes will continue getting acquainted with one another this week, with Lehigh hosting Bucknell Saturday, while American heads to Army as part of a quad meet that also features George Mason and Old Dominion. Both meets are set for 1 p.m.
GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!
Tickets for the 2012 Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships are now on sale through the Navy Ticket Office. An all-session pass costs $35, while individual tickets are also available for the individual trials sessions ($8) and finals sessions ($10). The swimming and diving championships take place Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 16-18 from Navy's Lejeune Hall in Annapolis, Md. Trial sessions begin at 10:30 a.m., while the finals start at 6 p.m. Students who come to Lejeune Hall with a valid student ID card will be admitted for free. For more information, call the Navy Ticket Office at 1-800-US4-NAVY.
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."
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.
NAVY, COLGATE AIM FOR TROPHIES AGAIN
The Navy men extended their record run to eight consecutive Patriot League Championships last season when they captured the trophy at Bucknell. Meanwhile, the Colgate women have won the League crown three out of the last four years and are aiming for another trip to the top spot on the awards podium. The Navy 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). On the women's side, 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).