Jan. 29, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – The last push through the dual meet season for 2012-13 is here as teams finish up competition. All eight schools are getting ready to undertake their final preparations for the 2013 Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships, set for Feb. 21-23 at Bucknell’s Kinney Natatorium in Lewisburg, Pa.
This week the Navy women take on Johns Hopkins Wednesday in a rare midweek meet before most of the last pieces of the dual meet schedule play out over the weekend. The Navy men hit the road Friday afternoon to visit Columbia. Wednesday will provide Navy senior Laura Gorinski a final opportunity to compete before the League championship meet, and give her another chance to expand on her own record. On Monday she claimed her 17th career Female Swimmer of the Week award, the all-time League mark.
Holy Cross and Lehigh have their last dual meets before next month’s championships this weekend. The Crusaders welcome Bryant to Worcester, while Lehigh is home for Drexel. Both meets are set for Saturday.
Also set for Saturday is the Bison Invite, which serves as a big dry run for Bucknell in hosting the League championship meet. Swimmers from American, Army, Lafayette, Lehigh and Navy are scheduled to compete in Lewisburg.
The Navy men and Colgate have their last dual meets next week. The Mids host Johns Hopkins Wednesday, Feb. 6, while the Raiders entertain Connecticut Saturday, Feb. 9. That’s the last schedule competition for any League program before the championships.
Patriot League Swimming and Diving Quick Hits
• Navy junior Ben Freedman edged out Army senior Chris Nguyen for the Male Diver of the Week nod Monday. The two have positioned themselves as the top contenders for the one- and three-meter titles at next month’s championships.
• Nguyen (eight) and Freedman (four) have combined for 12 of the League’s 13 Male Diver of the Week awards this season.
• Army finished its dual meet schedule Saturday. The Black Knights swept Lafayette, taking the men’s meet 189-108 and the women’s by a 224.5-75.5 count. Army split with Colgate, winning the men’s competition 182-89, while the Raider women posted a 214-86 victory.
• Bucknell swept Lehigh in the final League dual meet for both programs. The Bison won 175-118 (men) and 184-102 (women).
• Lehigh freshman Courtney Patterson set the school record in the 1,000-yard free in Saturday’s dual meet at Bucknell.
• Navy freshman Tom Duvall has eight victories plus one second-place and one fourth-place showing in the 10 outings in the 500 free.
• Bucknell junior Mike Nicholson has 24 individual first-place finishes in 2012-13.
• Colgate senior Dan Sweeney has won two individual races in two straight meets (Binghamton, Army-Colgate tri-meet).
Patriot League Swimming and Diving Weekly Awards
MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
MIKE NICHOLSON, BUCKNELL Jr., Chappaqua, N.Y.
Nicholson won a pair of individual events, was part of a victorious relay and picked up another fast time competing as an exhibition swimmer during Bucknell’s 175-118 win over League foe Lehigh Saturday in Lewisburg, Pa. The junior earned his fifth Male Swimmer of the Week nod this season after winning the 200-yard fly in 1:49.94 (by 3.54 seconds) and taking the win in the 100 fly in 50.85 (won by .54). Nicholson posted the fastest clocking in the 400 IM as an exhibition swimmer as well (3:59.65). He has 24 individual victories this season.
FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
LAURA GORINSKI, NAVY Sr., Greensburg, Pa.
Gorinski sets the record with her 17th career Female Swimmer of the Week award, eclipsing former Navy star Tara Chapmon, after an impressive showing in Navy’s 185-107 loss at 14th-ranked Penn State Saturday. The senior remained unbeaten this season in the 200-yard IM with her fifth victory in the event in 2:07.62, winning by just over one-quarter of a second. She logged two second-place showings in the 100 and 200 breast events, finishing in 1:04.54 and 2:18.06, respectively. She fell in the 100 breast by just .03 seconds. Gorinski has six honors this season, one shy of Chapmon’s single-season mark of seven set in 2009-10.
MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
BEN FREEDMAN, NAVY Jr., Kennewick, Wash.
Freedman swept the one- and three-meter boards against No. 19 Penn State Saturday. The Mids fell 188-112, but Freedman was unbeatable from the boards, winning the three-meter competition with 353.55 points, over 54 points ahead of second place. He added a victory in the one-meter dive with 314.62 points, 22.2 points in front of the field. Both scores are NCAA zone qualifiers, and they’re his seventh and eighth victories of the year. They’re also Freedman’s first wins against a nationally-ranked opponent.
FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
KIM PILKA, COLGATE Sr., Great Falls, Va.
Pilka swept the boards – again – during Colgate’s victories Saturday in tri-meet against Lafayette and Army. The Raiders won 214-86 over Army and 233-66 over Lafayette in action at West Point. Pilka claimed the one-meter win with 312.30 points, an NCAA zone qualifying score, and bested the three-meter field with 262.90 points. She has six Female Diver of the Week nods this season, two shy of the single-season record.
CHRIS NGUYEN, ARMY Sr., Cheshire, Conn.
Swept the boards in the League tri-meet with Colgate and Lafayette, winning the one-meter with 312.30 points and the three-meter with 306.10.
TARA BOYLE, BUCKNELL So., Winnetka, Ill.
Won the one-meter dive (career-high 251.18) and finished runner-up from the three-meter (246.15) versus Lehigh.
LAUREN PERRY, BUCKNELL So., Syracuse, N.Y.
Posted wins in the 100- and 200-yard freestyles against Lehigh, clocking winning times of 52.73 and 1:51.45, respectively.
EMMA SANTORO, COLGATE Sr., Fall River, Mass.
Won the 200-yard free (1:54.09), the 200 breast (2:22.19) and 200 IM (2:09.31) races during Colgate’s sweep of Army and Lafayette.
DAN SWEENEY, COLGATE Sr., New Canaan, Conn.
Captured two victories in the tri-meet at Army, taking wins in the 50-yard free (21.09) and 100 fly (51.74).
COURTNEY PATTERSON, LEHIGH Fr., Cherry Hill, N.J.
Set the Lehigh record in the 1,000-yard free in 10:20.26 in taking second against Bucknell. Also won the 200 fly (2:08.68) and 500 free (5:07.40) against the Bison.
TOM DUVALL, NAVY Fr., Durham, N.H.
Won the 1,000-yard free in 9:26.14 and took second in the 500 free (4:32.79) against No. 19 Penn State.