Feb. 1, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Now that the calendar has turned from January to February, the schedule is winding down heading into the Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships, which will run for three days between Feb. 16. Navy’s Lejeune Hall will serve as the host for this year’s full-field event, having last welcomed the other seven schools to Annapolis, Md., back in 2010.
Patriot League Swimming and Diving Release - 2.1.12
The last meets of the season featuring competitors from League schools going up against each other before the championships took place over the weekend. Colgate hosted a tri-meet with Army and Lafayette coming to town. The Raider women captured a pair of victories over their League foes, 178-115 over Army and 180-102 against the Leopards. The Army men posted the same 2-0 record, picking up a 167-118 decision against Colgate and 179-103 versus Lafayette.
Navy hosted its own invitational at Lejeune Hall on Saturday, with the Mids welcoming swimmers and divers from three other League schools in American, Bucknell and Lehigh. It was a another chance for student-athletes to get acclimated to the surroundings at Lejeune before the League championship meet in two weeks.
Navy sophomore Ben Freedman swiped the Male Diver of the Week nod after sweeping both boards in Annapolis, while Bucknell freshman Katie Hetherington won her second Female Diver of the Week award in three weeks by doing the same. Another Navy sophomore, Zach Ingold, swept the 50- and 100-yard freestyles at the Navy Invite and was named Male Swimmer of the Week. Rounding out Monday’s awards was Colgate junior Lia Kunnapas, who guided the Raiders to those two wins over Army and Lafayette and was named Female Swimmer of the Week.
Some of the last vestiges of non-League competition played out over the weekend as well. Lehigh split at Drexel, with the women capturing a 182-112 win over the Dragons, while Colgate went up against Connecticut and Holy Cross took on Providence.
American, Army, Bucknell, Colgate and Lafayette have all completed their slates leading into the Patriot League Championships. The last four dual meets of the season are slated for this weekend. The Navy men will be the first to return to the pool, as they will host a pair of teams Friday, with Columbia coming in at 2 p.m. and the meet with Johns Hopkins beginning at 4:30 p.m.
A pair of meets is set for Saturday, as Holy Cross heads to Bryant and Lehigh takes the short trip west to Penn State. Both are slated to start at 1 p.m.
The schedule goes dark until the start of the Patriot League Championships with the first trials session Feb. 16 at 10:30 a.m.
For those who are unable to make it to Annapolis for the championship meet, all six sessions over the three days will once again be available via Patriot League All-Access. A monthly subscription costs $7.95, giving fans the opportunity to watch all of the action from Lejeune Hall from the comfort of their office or home. Anybody purchasing the subscription to Patriot League All-Access will be able to view archived championships from the fall. A yearly subscription is also available for $19.95.
Patriot League Weekly Awards
MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
ZACH INGOLD, NAVY So., Hornell, N.Y.
Ingold posted a pair of first-place showings at the unscored Navy Invitational Saturday in Annapolis, Md. The sophomore from Hornell, N.Y., captures the second weekly award of his career after winning the 50-yard free in 21.30 and touching the wall first in the 100 free in 45.79. The only Navy swimmer to capture two events Saturday, he also finished runner-up in the 100 back with a time of 51.20, just 0.10 seconds out of first. In all, Navy won 12 of the 17 events contested on the day.
FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
LIA KUNNAPAS, COLGATE Jr., Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.
Kunnapas recorded two individual victories to pace the Raiders to a pair of victories over League foes in a tri-meet Saturday at the Lineberry Natatorium in Hamilton, N.Y. The junior swept the 100- and 200-yard backstrokes with times of 56.74 and 2:04.61, respectively, helping guide Colgate to a 178-115 win over Army and a 180-102 victory against Lafayette. She was also part of a pair of winning relay teams for the Raiders against the toe League rivals. Kunnapas returned to the pool Sunday in the Raiders’ 152-83 loss at Connecticut, where she picked up first-place points for Colgate after winning the 200 free in 1:54.91.
MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
BEN FREEDMAN, NAVY So., Kennewick, Wash.
Freedman captures his fifth Male Diver of the Week nod after sweeping the one- and three-meter diving events at the Navy Invitational at Lejeune Hall. Freedman won the one-meter competition with a score of 314.95, 13.55 points ahead of second place. He went higher from the three-meter board, tallying 328.25 points to clear the field by 33.40. Freedman and Army’s Chris Nguyen have combined for 11 of this season’s 13 weekly awards to this point.
FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
KATIE HETHERINGTON, BUCKNELL Fr., Houston, Texas
Hetherington swept both diving events during a meet for the fifth time this year en route to nabbing her fourth weekly nod of the 2011-12 season. She scored 276.85 points off the three-meter board for her second-best score of the season in that competition. Overall Hetherington has 13 wins on the season entering the Patriot League Championships beginning Feb. 16 at Navy.
LEAH BREEN, AMERICAN Sr., Irvine, Calif.
Breen swept the 50- and 100-yard freestyles at the Navy Invite, capturing the 50 in 24.28 and edging Navy’s Laura Gorinski in the 100 free by 0.03 seconds (53.16).
WILL VIANA, ARMY Fr., Stuttgart, Germany
Viana won three events (200 fly, 500 free, 200 IM) to guide Army to a pair of victories at Colgate over the host Raiders and Lafayette in Saturday’s tri-meet. His 1:52.68 in the 200 fly was just over four seconds off the NCAA B-cut pace.
LAURA GORINSKI, NAVY Jr., Greensburg, Pa.
Gorinski won two events and was part of a victorious 400-meter medley relay as Navy defeated Johns Hopkins 137-76 in Annapolis last week. She set the Navy record in the 400-meter IM with a time of 4:56.58, bettering the previous mark of 4:57.00 held by Kelly Zahalka. Gorinski went outside her comfort zone at the Navy Invitational, swimming in the 100- and 200-yard freestyles for the first time in two years, while competing in the 100 back for the first time ever. She took second, first and sixth in those events, respectively.
CHRIS NGUYEN, ARMY Jr., Cheshire, Conn.
Nguyen won the three-meter diving with 349.95 points and took fourth from the one-meter board with 287.02 points during Army’s two victories at Colgate Saturday.
Patriot League Notebook
CHAMPIONSHIP MEET ON ALL-ACCESS
The 2012 Patriot League Men and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships are just over two weeks away, and once again fans can watch all of the action courtesy of Patriot League All-Access. The All-Access coverage is available for a monthly fee of $7.95, which gives viewers the ability to watch the swimming and diving championships at Navy from the comfort of their own homes. Fans who already purchased an All-Access subscription for the men and women’s basketball seasons will be able to watch the live video stream of the swimming and diving championships at no extra cost. In addition, fans can purchase a yearly subscription to All-Access for $19.95, which would give them access to the second half of Patriot League play in both men and women’s basketball, plus championship coverage this spring and in the fall of 2012. An All-Access subscription will also give fans the opportunity to watch archived championships from this past fall, including field hockey, volleyball, and men and women’s soccer.
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 underneath the standings. 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).