Jan. 23, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – The final push through the regular season continue with the Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships bearing down in one month’s time.
Army again had a busy schedule last weekend, battling Delaware Friday and George Mason and American Saturday in meets. Senior Chris Nguyen won a pair of events during the weekend and was named the Patriot League Male Diver of the Week for a League-record eighth time this season. The up-and-comers were getting it done for the Black Knights as well, with freshman Chris Szekely taking a pair of victories and earning the Male Swimmer of the Week nod.
In all, Army accounted for three of the four weekly honors, with freshman Molly Mucciarone securing the Female Swimmer of the Week award. She won two races and finished as the runner-up in two more.
Colgate senior Kim Pilka continues her dominance on the diving board, sweeping the one- and three-meter competition in a whitewashing of Binghamton. Pilka appears to be the favorite entering next month’s League championship meet at Bucknell. It’s her fifth weekly citation of the season, and Monday marked the second time in which she’s collected back-to-back honors this year.
Navy is the defending League champion in both men and women’s swimming and diving. The Mids’ preparation to protect their titles continues Saturday. They return to the pool after a week off when they visit Penn State.
League teams will have the chance to get reacquainted over the weekend. Bucknell hosts Lehigh in a dual meet Saturday, while Army entertains both Colgate and Lafayette in a tri-meet at West Point.
A week after competing in the Worcester City Championships, Holy Cross is back in the pool Saturday when the Crusaders head to Providence.
Patriot League Swimming and Diving Quick Hits
• Saturday marks Lafayette’s first dual meet since its Nov. 16 tilt with rival Lehigh. The Leopards took part in a relay meet in Florida Jan. 8 as part of its annual winter training trip.
• Tickets are currently on sale for the Patriot League Championships at Bucknell’s Kinney Natatorium. Fans can call the box office at 570-577-1000 or purchase online at www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice.
• Kim Pilka’s five Female Diver of the Week awards are the most in the League since Army’s Lindsay Adao had six in 2008-09.
• This weekend features the last of the head-to-head dual meets between League teams.
• There are just six dual meets and one invitational on the schedule following the weekend leading up to the Patriot League Championships.
Patriot League Swimming and Diving Weekly Awards (1.21.13)
MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
CHRIS SZEKELY, ARMY Fr., Doylestown, Pa.
Szekely put together two wins and three runner-up showings during Army's busy weekend. The rookie from Doylestown, Pa., took second in the 100- and 200-yard freestyles Friday against Delaware in 47.19 and 1:43.33, respectively. He wins came Saturday, as he touched the wall first in 21.34 in the 50 free and took the 100 free title in 46.95 in the tri-meet with George Mason and League rival American. He added another second-place showing in the 200 free in 1:42.50.
FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
MOLLY MUCCIARONE, ARMY Fr., Cranbury, N.J.
Mucciarone completes a rookie sweep of the swimming awards for Army after posting two wins and two runner-up finishes on the weekend. She took the title in the 100-yard fly against Delaware in 58.14, and hit the wall second in the 50 free in 24.63. Saturday in the tri-meet, she won the 50 free in 24.26, while touching second in the 100 fly in 58.11. She also placed fourth in the 100 free with a time of 54.21.
MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
CHRIS NGUYEN, ARMY Sr., Cheshire, Conn.
Nguyen sets the record for most Male Diver of the Week nods in a season with his eighth accolade Monday. The senior won the three-meter dive in both events over the weekend, scoring 307.65 points to take the win at Delaware Friday and 342.35 points Saturday to win at the tri-meet. He took second from the one-meter board Friday with 294.60 points, and finished fifth Saturday from the apparatus with 240.35 points.
FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
KIM PILKA, COLGATE Sr., Great Falls, Va.
Pilka did her part in Colgate's dominant 200-93 victory over Binghamton Friday. The senior swept both the one-meter and three-meter boards, scoring 258.90 points from the former and 265.12 from the latter. Her victory in the one-meter came by 30 points.
MELISSA PARKER, AMERICAN So., Livermore, Calif.
Won the one-meter dive with 232.15 points and was the runner-up in the three-meter competition with 231.80 points in Saturday's tri-meet against Army and George Mason.
MORGAN COHARA, COLGATE Fr., Sagamore Hills, Ohio
Notched three victories in the Raiders' win over Binghamton, touching the wall first in the 100 back (58.91), 200 back (2:09.94) and the 500 free (5:08.97).
NICK VIDETTI, HOLY CROSS Jr., Woodcliff Lake, N.J.
Swept the one- and three-meter dives at the Worcester City Championship and set a new Holy Cross 11-dive record from the one-meter board with 432.39 points.