Jan. 22, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Army and Lehigh put forth strong performances as half of the Patriot League swimming and diving teams faced off over the weekend.
Colgate hosted both Lafayette and Army, with the Black Knights knocking off both the Leopards and Raiders on both the men and women's sides. The Raiders and Leopards split the Colgate winning the women's competition and Lafayette topping the Raiders on the men's side. Lehigh had convincing victories in both the men and women's competitions in a sweep of Loyola Maryland.
While her team lost, Elle Mixa continued to stand out for Loyola. The senior set the school record in the 1-meter with a score of 266.92, which made her the first Greyhound to qualify for the NCAA Zone Championships in the school's Division I history. She also topped the school record of 255.23 set by Megan Sterback in 2006.
Patriot League Swimming and Diving Weekly Awards
MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
JACOB MOYAR, LEHIGH Fr., Centreville, Va.
Moyar helped lead Lehigh to a 209-53 win over Loyola Maryland on Saturday by placing first in a pair of individual events. He won the 200 fly with a time of 1:52.24 and the 200 IM in 1:57.25 to help pace the Mountain Hawks. Moyar earns his first Patriot League Male Swimmer of the Week award.
FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
NICK VIDETTI, HOLY CROSS Sr., Woodcliff Lake, N.J.
MORGAN COHARA, COLGATE So., Sagamore Hills, Ohio
Cohara had a dominant week for the Raiders with six individual event victories. She claimed the 200 free (1:54.04), 200 back (2:05.88) and 500 free (5:05.60) against Binghamton on Thursday before winning the 100 back (57.99), 200 back (2:06.21) and 500 free (5:04.49) in a League meet against Army and Lafayette on Saturday. She was also part of Colgate's 400 medley relay team which beat the Black Knights and Leopards. Cohara earns her second Patriot League Female Swimmer of the Week award.
Videtti won the Whit Griffith Award for Male Diver of the Meet at the Worcester City Championship for the second straight season after claiming victories in both the 1-meter (391.55) and 3-meter (386.6) events. He helped the Crusaders to a second-place finish in the three-team event. Videtti wins the Patriot League Male Diver of the Week award for the second time in his career.
FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
ELLE MIXA, LOYOLA MARYLAND Sr., St. Petersburg Beach, Fla.
Mixa broke the school record and qualified for the NCAA Zone Championships with a score of 266.92 in the 1-meter against Lehigh on Saturday. She became the first Greyhound to qualify for the NCAA Zones in Head Coach Brian Loeffler's 21-year tenure and in Loyola's Division I history. Mixa easily bested the previous school record of 255.23 set by Megan Sterback in 2006. She swept the diving events for the fourth time this season as she also posted a winning score of 243.23 in the 3-meter. Mixa takes her third Patriot League Female Diver of the Week award.
COURTNEY PATTERSON, LEHIGH So., Cherry Hill, N.J.
Patterson took first place in three individual events and also anchored the winning 800 free relay team which set a pool record in Lehigh's 192-70 win at home against Loyola Maryland on Saturday.
SAM MO, ARMY Jr., Great Neck, N.Y.
Mo won both the 200 breast and 100 back as Army defeated both Lafayette and Colgate on Saturday.
ARIANA BULLARD, ARMY Fr., Carmel, Ind.
Bullard won the 100 fly and 200 fly to help Army sweep Lafayette and Colgate on Saturday.
MICHAEL BROWN, LOYOLA MARYLAND Sr., Timonium, Md.
Brown won both the 1-meter (282.97) and 3-meter (267.08) diving competitions against Lehigh on Saturday.
Patriot League Notebook
LEAGUE ACTION CONTINUES
Half of the Patriot League teams faced off last weekend, and five will again see each other on the upcoming Saturday. American, Army and Boston University will all face off in Fairfax, Va. where each school also takes on host George Mason. Bucknell visits Lehigh in another Patriot League competition of teams that have found great success this year. The Bucknell women have a 5-0 mark against League competition, while the Bucknell men are 4-1 and the Lehigh men and women both stand at 3-1. Holy Cross, Loyola Maryland and Navy are also in action at home this weekend, with the Mids welcoming Penn State.
COHARA, MIXA HIGHLIGHT THE WEEK'S PERFORMANCES
A pair of females stood out in Patriot League competition over the weekend. In addition to Elle Mixa's dominant diving for Loyola, Colgate's Morgan Cohara had a big week with six individual events victories in two meets. Cohara won her second Patriot League Female Swimmer of the Week award, while Mixa claimed her third Patriot League Female Diver of the Week honor of the year.
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).