Another week went by and another Male Diver of the Week award was handed to Army junior Chris Nguyen on Monday.
Jan. 25, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — With each passing week, the days count down to the 2012 Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships, set for Feb. 16-18 from Navy’s Lejeune Hall in Annapolis, Md.
Army was the busiest of any of the League schools last weekend, with the Black Knights sweeping Drexel Friday and hosting a quad meet Saturday at Crandall Pool at West Point. Army took both meets from League rival American on Saturday, went 1-0-1 against George Mason and settled for the split versus Old Dominion. The Black Knight men went a perfect 4-0 on the weekend, while the women posted a 2-1-1 mark.
While the swimmers continue getting set for the League championships at Navy, Army’s diving appears to be hitting its peak. Junior Chris Nguyen tied the record with his sixth Male Diver of the Week nod on Monday after three of his four scores from the weekend surpassed the NCAA Zone qualifying mark.
Bucknell faced off with Lehigh at Jacobs Pool in Bethlehem, Pa. It was senior day for the Mountain Hawks, but it was the Bison that garnered the last laugh with the sweep. Bucknell sophomore Mike Nicholson set a pair of pool records at Lehigh and was named Male Swimmer of the Week for the third time this season.
Another pool record fell last week, but this time it was the home team doing the breaking. Lafayette senior Cory Schutz broke the pool record in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 57.17, surpassing the previous mark held by 1992 Olympian Andrew Ruterfurd. Schutz’ efforts, which included a win in the 200 breast as well, led Lafayette to a 150-141 victory over Stony Brook last Wednesday.
American and Holy Cross were also in action over the weekend. The Eagles participated in their second quad meet in as many weekends, this time at Army. Meanwhile, Holy Cross hosted the Worcester City Championships with both the men and women taking first place.
It will be decidedly less busy over the next seven days, as teams begin to wind down from competition and get set for the League championships. The Navy women return to the pool Wednesday at 5 p.m. when they host Johns Hopkins at Lejeune Hall, then the schedule is idle until Saturday. American, Bucknell, Lafayette and Lehigh will send competitors to the Navy Invitational in Annapolis for a 12 p.m. start. Meanwhile in Hamilton, N.Y., Colgate will host a pair of League rivals when Army and Lafayette come to town. Holy Cross will be back in the pool for the second time in as many weeks when the Crusaders host Providence in a dual meet. Lehigh will get back to competition looking to rebound from last weekend’s loss to Bucknell when it visits Drexel. Those last three meets are all slated for 1 p.m.
Colgate will be back in non-League competition Sunday when the Raiders visit Connecticut at 12 p.m. The schedule goes dark for a few days until the Holy Cross men visit Boston College on Thursday, Feb. 2. By that point, we will be exactly two weeks from the start of the League championships.
Patriot League Weekly Awards
MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
MIKE NICHOLSON, BUCKNELL So., Chappaqua, N.Y.
Nicholson collected a pair of first-place finishes in aiding the Bison to a 191-107 victory at Lehigh Saturday afternoon in a matchup between a pair of Patriot League rivals. He broke the Jacobs Pool records in both events in which he won, touching the wall in 1:51.05 in the 200-yard fly and 1:52.81 in the 200 IM. The old record in the 200 IM was held for over 20 years by Ron Karnaugh, who was a 1992 Olympian. Nicholson also added a fourth-place finish in the 200 back in 1:56.76 in his first outing in the event of the season.
FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
ELIZABETH PORCELLIO, BUCKNELL Jr., New Providence, N.J.
Porcellio scored a team-best three individual wins as Bucknell won 189-111 at Lehigh Saturday at Jacobs Pool in Bethlehem, Pa. She set a career-best time in the 100 fly with a 58.52 in her first appearance in that event of the season. She added individual victories in the 200 IM (2:08.78) and 200 free (1:55.95). Overall Porcellio was part of four Bucknell wins on the day, as she swam the fourth leg of the Bison’s victorious 400 free relay effort.
MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
CHRIS NGUYEN, ARMY Jr., Cheshire, Conn.
Nguyen’s dominance over the Male Diver of the Week award continued Monday with his record-tying sixth selection to the honor. The junior from Cheshire, Conn., started his weekend by taking first place in the three-meter board Friday against Drexel by 41 points with a score of 342.37. A day later he picked up the victory again in the three-meter competition during the quad meet against American, Old Dominion and George Mason. He posted a first-place point total of 343.05. Both scores exceeded the NCAA Zone qualifying marks. Nguyen finished second in the one-meter dive against Drexel Friday and in Saturday’s quad with scores of 264.82 and 300.25, respectively. The latter also eclipsed the Zone qualifying mark.
FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
TORI MOLCHANY, BUCKNELL Fr., Coplay, Pa.
A freshman, Molchany posted career-best showings off both boards in Bucknell’s 189-111 victory at Lehigh Saturday. She took first in the three-meter competition with 255.30 points and finished in second from the one-meter board with 236.24 points. Her three-meter showing was the fifth-best in Bucknell history. Her efforts were part of a 1-2-3 sweep of both boards by the Bison.
ALISSA LEUNG, LEHIGH Fr., Garden City, N.Y.
The Lehigh freshman continued her strong rookie campaign with two individual golds and one second-place finish for the Mountain Hawks against Bucknell. She swept the 100 and 200 back events with times of 58.30 and 2:05.63, respectively, and came in second in the 200 IM behind Bucknell’s Elizabeth Porcellio.
CORY SCHUTZ, LAFAYETTE Sr., Pottstown, Pa.
Schutz recorded a pair of first-place showings and broke the Lafayette pool record in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 57.17. It was the third-fastest time in Lafayette history and broke the pool record held by 1992 Olympian Andrew Ruterfurd.
CONNOR STYLES, LEHIGH Sr., Chappaqua, N.Y.
Styles swept the one- and three-meter dives Saturday for Lehigh against Bucknell, giving the Mountain Hawks their only wins versus the Bison. He won the three-meter with 294.23 points and took first from the one-meter board with an NCAA Zone-qualifying 303.97 points.
MAGGIE BEAUDOUIN, HOLY CROSS Sr., Madison, N.J.
Beaudouin was named the Female Swimmer of the Meet at the Worcester City Championships after pacing the Crusaders to a win. She won three individual events and set meet records in the 200 back and 400 IM.
BOBBY BALLANCE, AMERICAN So., Egg Harbor Township, N.J.
Ballance swept the 100 and 200 backstroke events Saturday for the Eagles in their quad meet at Army that also featured George Mason and Old Dominion. He won the 100 back in 52.45 and the 200 in 1:52.23.
Patriot League Notebook
LEAGUE TEAMS GO HEAD-TO-HEAD - ROUND TWO
One weekend of Patriot League teams going up against one another is down, and here comes yet another. Army and Bucknell came out on the winning ends of sweeps of other League foes this weekend, as the Black Knights and Bison defeated American and Lehigh, respectively, in competition on Saturday. This weekend Colgate returns to action, and the Raiders will entertain Lafayette and Army in a League tri-meet in Hamilton, N.Y., at Lineberry Natatorium. In addition, Navy will host the Navy Invitational in Annapolis, Md., which will feature swimmers from American, Bucknell, Lafayette and Lehigh. The Navy Invite begins at 12 p.m., while the meet at Colgate starts at 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. 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).