Jan. 22, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Patriot League swimming and diving teams complete their regular-season competition this weekend, and most squads will get a look at where they will be heading in three weeks for the League Championships.
American, Army, Bucknell, Lafayette, Lehigh and Loyola Maryland will join host Navy for an invitational in Annapolis on Saturday. The teams will swim at Lejeune Hall, the site of the 2014 Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships from Feb. 19-22. Boston University, Colgate and Holy Cross will compete as each school but the Terriers has no more events on the schedule until the Patriot League Championships.
Patriot League Swimming and Diving Weekly Awards (Jan. 20-26)
MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
TOM DUVALL, NAVY So., Durham, N.C.
Duvall won a pair of individual events as No. 24 Navy was edged by No. 23 Penn State 171-127 in Annapolis on Saturday. He took first place in both the 500 free (4:31.05) and 1000 free (9:19.89), winning his two events by a combined 3.54 seconds. Duvall improved to 8-0 this season in the 500 free and 4-1 in the 1000. He earns his first Patriot League Male Swimmer of the Week award.
FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
EMMA LEVENDOSKI, BUCKNELL So., Mandeville, La.
Levendoski won the 100 back in 57.32 and the 200 back in 2:04.75 to lead Bucknell to a 172-122 win at Lehigh on Saturday. She broke the pool record in the 100 back and won the two events by a combined 3.76 seconds. Levendoski swept the backstroke events in a meet for the eighth time this season, and was one of four Bison to win two events on Saturday. Levendoski is named Patriot League Female Swimmer of the Week for the third time this season.
MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
CHELSEA GLINCMAN, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., North Brunswick, N.J.
BEN FREEDMAN, NAVY Sr., Kennewick, Wash.
Freedman won the one-meter dive against No. 23 Penn State with a score of 331.73, and placed second in the three-meter with a total of 334.65. Freedman has six wins in eight one-meter events this year, and has placed first or second in six of his eight three-meter competitions. Freedman receives his fourth Patriot League Male Diver of the Week award this season and the 14th in his career.
Glincman won the one-meter dive with score of 266.65 and placed second in the three-meter with a mark of 259.30 at the George Mason Quad Meet on Saturday. She led the Terriers in both events as BU beat the hosts as well as Patriot League foes American and Army. Glincman is named Patriot League Female Diver of the Week for the fourth time.
MIKE NICHOLSON, BUCKNELL Sr., Chappaqua, N.Y.
Nicholson won the 200 fly, 100 fly and 200 IM by a combined 4.24 seconds to help lead Bucknell to a 179-119 win over Lehigh on Saturday.
KAITLYN RUFFING, LEHIGH Fr., Murrysville, Pa.
Ruffing won the 50 free and 100 free and swam on Lehigh's first place 200 medley relay and 400 free relay in a 172-122 loss to Bucknell on Saturday. She set the Jacobs Pool record with a time of 52.23 in the 100 free.
CONNOR STUEWE, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Jr., Monterey, Calif.
Stuewe won both the 100 back and 200 back and swam on the winning 400 medley relay as BU beat two of three opponents at the George Mason Quad Meet.
Patriot League Notebook
BUCKNELL CONCLUDES STRONG YEAR AGAINST LEAGUE FOES
Bucknell completed a solid year of results against Patriot League competition with a sweep at Lehigh on Saturday. The Bison men moved to 5-1 against League teams with a 179-119 victory, while the Bucknell women are a perfect 6-0 after beating Lehigh 172-122. Both Mountain Hawk squads ended their dual season at 3-2 against League foes. At the George Mason Quad Meet, Army beat Boston University and American as well as the hosts on the men's side while it was the Terriers that pulled off the sweep in the women's competition.
DUVALL AND FREEDMAN LEAD NAVY
The Navy men took a tough loss at home against No. 23 Penn State on Saturday, but sophomore Tom Duvall and senior Ben Freedman had standout days for the Mids. Duvall won both the 500 free and 1000 free against the Nittany Lions, while Freedman took first place in the one-meter diving event. Both won weekly awards from the Patriot League on Tuesday for their performances.
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).