Army junior Chris Nguyen successfully defended his Patriot League title in the men's one-meter dive Friday night.
Feb. 17, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Navy remained in front of the 2012 Patriot League Men and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships Friday after the second day of competition at Lejeune Hall at the United States Naval Academy.
The Navy men, who have won eight consecutive League championships, lead with 677.5 points, ahead of Bucknell (438.5) and Army (341.5) to complete the top three. Lehigh is in fourth with 291 points, followed by American in fifth place with 179.5 points and Colgate in sixth with 164. Lafayette sits seventh with 129 points, while Holy Cross is in eighth at 96 points.
The Mids have 610 points to lead the women’s standings, ahead of defending champion Colgate, which has 474 points so far. Bucknell is third with 363, while Army is fourth with 284 and Lehigh is fifth with 207 points. Lafayette is sixth with 169 points, American seventh with 141 and Holy Cross eighth with 91.
In all, the Mids have combined to capture 23 of 26 events at this year’s championships. The record of 30 combined titles between the men and women was set in 2010. The men captured 16 golds that year, while the women accounted for 14.
Navy captured the women’s 200 medley relay to start off Friday’s championship session. Olivia Kosaka, Laura Gorinski, Toni Paruso and Kellie Darmody won in 1:42.18. Colgate captured silver in 1:44.92, while Lafayette’s foursome took third in 1:31.71.
The Mids made it 13 straight event victories when Gage Trotter, Sean Murphy, Steve Dukleth and Zach Ingold touched the wall first in the men’s 200 medley relay in 1:28.60. That time broke the overall Patriot League, the championship meet and Lejeune Hall records. Bucknell took second in 1:31.40, while Army captured bronze in 1:31.71.
Colgate senior Erica Derlath became the first not from Navy to capture a League title. She won the women’s 400 IM in 4:17.42, eclipsing her championship-winning clocking of 4:17.61 from a year ago. Derlath becomes a three-time champion in the event and the first since Navy’s Kelly Zahalka won it from 2006-08. Bucknell’s Stephanie Koziol and Liz Porcellio finished second and third, respectively.
Navy won the men’s 400 IM, with Justin Vagts securing gold in 3:51.27, just three-hundredths of a second off the Patriot League and meet records. Bucknell’s Mike Nicholson finished second in 3:55.92, while the Mids picked up more points as Joe Stark and Conor Campbell collected third and fourth in 3:57.50 and 3:57.59, respectively.
Paruso collected her second gold of the night when she won the women’s 100 fly. She was the top qualifier in the morning session with a time of 53.58, which set the Patriot League and championship meet records. She won the evening’s final in 53.92. Rheanna Vaughn was the runner-up in 55.53, just ahead of third-place Jenna Jacoby of Colgate, who took bronze in 55.55.
Navy’s Steve Dukleth captured the men’s 100 fly with a time of 48.01, giving the Mids 16 of the first 17 races. The senior was just one-hundredth of a second in front of junior teammate Ben Bondurant, while Army’s Ayman Andrews, the defending League champion, finished third in 48.08.
Lia Kunnapas won Colgate’s second gold of the night when she won the women’s 200 free with a time of 1:49.60. Army’s Paige Brink took second place with a clocking of 1:50.08, while Navy’s Ange Sawick touched the pad in 1:50.45 for third.
Mac Anthony became a four-time Patriot League champion in the men’s 200 free when he won in 1:37.10. He edged his Navy teammate Hugh Davison, who secured silver in 1:37.99. Bucknell’s Matt Segar earned third place with a clocking of 1:38.19. Anthony is the only three- and four-time League champion in the men’s 200 free.
Gorinski returned to the pool for her second first-place finish of the evening. After being the top qualifier in the morning session, Gorinski won the women’s 100 breast in 1:01.47. Colgate’s Becca Murray finished second with a time of 1:03.97, while Navy’s Colleen Randolph secured the bronze with a clocking of 1:05.36.
Navy’s Sean Murphy gave the Mids their 19th title of the meet in 21 events when he touched the pad first in the men’s 100 breast in 55.70. Bucknell’s Christian Treat won silver in 56 seconds flat, while Navy’s Luke Hoffer was third with a time of 56.07.
Darmody earned her second gold of the night when she finished first in the women’s 100 back with a time of 55.27. Colgate’s Lia Kunnapas, the defending champion in the event, took silver in 55.50, while third place went to Colgate’s Jenna Jacoby with a clocking of 56.38.
Navy’s Gage Trotter broke his own Patriot League record in the 100 back when he finished in 48.34. He set the previous mark March 5, 2011 with a time of 48.54. In addition, his clocking was a League Championship meet record. Trotter edged teammate Zach Ingold, who clocked a 48.97 to take second, and American’s Bobby Ballance, who logged a time of 49.88.
Army junior Chris Nguyen became the first two-time Patriot League champion in the men’s one-meter diving since Navy’s Kevin Teague when he successfully defended his title Friday night. Nguyen scored 371.05 points from the board, while teammate Zachary Woods finished second with 331.75 points. Navy’s Ben Freedman won bronze with 325.70 points.
Navy wrapped up Friday night by sweeping the 800 free relays. Hollis Capuano, Bryn Moriarty, Ange Sawick and Gorinski won the women’s race in 7:22.88, while Will Norton, Ben Bondurant, Hugh Davison and Anthony touched the wall first in the men’s competition in 6:33.61.
Bucknell and Army took second and third in the men’s 800 free relay, while Colgate and the Black Knights went 2-3 on the women’s side.
The third and final day of the championships will take place Saturday. The trials are set for 10:30 a.m., while the finals will begin at 6 p.m.
Day Two Results
Women’s 200 Medley Relay – Navy (Kosaka, Gorinski, Paruso, Darmody) – 1:42.18
Men’s 200 Medley Relay – Navy (Trotter, Murphy, Dukleth, Ingold) – 1:28.60 &
Women’s 400 IM – Erica Derlath, Colgate – 4:17.42
Men’s 400 IM – Justin Vagts, Navy – 3:51.27
Women’s 100 Fly – Toni Paruso, Navy – 53.92
(Toni Paruso set Patriot League and meet record when she qualified in prelims with a 53.58)
Men’s 100 Fly – Steve Dukleth, Navy – 48.01
Women’s 200 Freestyle – Lia Kunnapas, Colgate – 1:49.60
Men’s 200 Freestyle – Mac Anthony, Navy – 1:37.10
Women’s 100 Breaststroke – Laura Gorinski, Navy – 1:01.47
Men’s 100 Breaststroke – Sean Murphy, Navy – 55.70
Women’s 100 Backstroke – Kellie Darmody, Navy – 55.27
Men’s 100 Backstroke – Gage Trotter, Navy – 48.34 &
Men’s 1-meter Diving – Chris Nguyen, Army – 371.05
Women’s 800 Freestyle Relay – Navy (Capuano, Moriarty, Sawick, Gorinski) – 7:22.88
Men’s 800 Freestyle Relay – Navy (Norton, Bondurant, Davison, Anthony) – 6:33.61
& - Patriot League and championship meet record
1. Navy – 677.5
2. Bucknell – 438.5
3. Army – 341.5
4. Lehigh – 291
5. American – 179.5
6. Colgate – 164
7. Lafayette – 129
8. Holy Cross – 96
1. Navy – 610
2. Colgate – 474
3. Bucknell – 363
4. Army – 284
5. Lehigh – 207
6. Lafayette – 169
7. American – 141
8. Holy Cross – 91