Army freshman Will Viana was named Male Rookie of the Patriot League Championship Meet Saturday night.
Feb. 18, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Navy led wire-to-wire in both competitions and swept the 2012 Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday at Lejeune Hall on the campus of the United States Naval Academy.
The Navy men tied Army with a League-leading nine men’s crowns, with all nine of the Mids’ championships coming during a nine-year stretch since joining the League in 2004. On the women’s side, Navy captured its League-best 11th title and upended defending champion Colgate, which had won three of the previous four trophies.
The Navy men captured 1,029.5 points to take the League title. Bucknell finished in second place with 638.5 points, while last year's runner-up Army came in third place with 534.5 points, ahead of fourth-place Lehigh with 460. American collected 271.5 points for fifth, ahead of Colgate (262), Lafayette (164) and Holy Cross (123).
The Navy women scored a League championship-record 933.5 points, upending the defending champion Raiders, who had 692.5 points. Bucknell was third with 593 points, while Army came in fourth with 422.5 points. Rounding out the women's standings were Lehigh (317.5), Lafayette (217), American (213) and Holy Cross (116).
It was a dominating performance for the Mids in a number of ways. The men and women combined for a Patriot League championship-record 34 event victories, surpassing the old mark of 30 set at the 2010 championships, also in Annapolis. The Navy men won 18 of 20 events, including all five of the relays and going a perfect 13-for-13 in the individual swim races. The women were victorious in 16 of 20 events, which includes one tie in a swim race.
The 18 event wins for the men and the 16 for the women were also meet records.
With three individual titles in the meet, Navy's Justin Vagts was named Male Swimmer of the Meet. Teammate Laura Gorinski, who had a banner champion including a big performance on the third night, was named Female Swimmer of the Meet. Army freshman Will Viana was named Male Rookie of the Meet, while Navy captured another major award as freshman Ange Sawick was tabbed the Female Rookie of the Meet. Army's Chris Nguyen repeated as Male Diver of the Meet, while Navy senior Courtney Vandament ended her career in the League as the Female Diver of the Meet.
Navy collected a pair of coaching awards as well, with Bill Roberts being named Men's Swimming Coach of the Year and John Morrison collecting the Women's Coach of the Year nod. Bucknell's Errol Carter was tabbed as Diving Coach of the Year.
Sawick opened the night for Navy by capturing the women's 1,650 free in 16:30.41, which was an NCAA B-cut time. She edged Bucknell's Kelly Pontecorvo, who finished in 16:39.13 for silver, and defending champion Erica Derlath of Colgate, whose 16:48.08 was the bronze-medal winning time.
Vagts also hit an NCAA B-cut time for his win in the men's 1,650. He finished in 15:04.38, ahead of teammate Will Norton and Lehigh's Danny Bennett.
Freshman Tara Boyle scored 243.40 points to take gold in teh women's one-meter diving. She edged Vandament, who took silver with 240.85 points, while Bucknell's Katie Hetherington won bronze with a score of 239.50 points. Seven of the eight divers to qualify for Saturday night's finals were underclassmen.
One of the events to electrify the Lejeune Hall crowd Saturday night was the women's 200 back. Colgate's Lia Kunnapas and Navy's Kellie Darmody, both juniors, tied for gold with a time of 1:59.03, which were both B times. Lehigh's Alissa Leung collected bronze with a time of 2:00.60.
Navy's Conor Campbell was the victor in the men's 200 back when he touched the wall in 1:46.79. American's Matt Wurm was the second-place finisher in 1:48.24 and Navy's Joe Stark took third in 1:48.25.
Army senior Paige Brink captured an individual gold on her final night competing at a League championship meet when she finished the women's 100 free in 50.74. American senior Leah Breen touched the pad in 51.53 for second, while Navy's Hollis Capuano clocked a 51.77 for third.
Navy's Zach Ingold, the Patriot League Rookie of the Meet on the men's side a year ago, tallied another gold medal when he won the 100 free in 44.19. Mac Anthony clocked a 44.42 for silver, while Hugh Davison completed the Mids' 1-2-3 sweep of the awards stand with a 44.75 for third.
Gorinski took to the pool for her signature event in the 200 breast, where she logged a time of 2:10.67. It broke her own Patriot League, League championship meet and Lejeune Hall records, and she finished nearly seven seconds ahead of second-place Emma Santoro of Colgate. Lehigh's Emily DiDonato took third.
Navy's Luke Hoffer, who broke the League and meet records with his prelim time of 1:57.55 Saturday morning, touched the wall in 1:58.13 for gold in the 200 breast in Saturday's finals session. Bucknell's Christian Treat was the runner-up in 2:02.27, while Navy's Ben Grove finished third.
Junior Toni Paruso collected another first-place showing for Navy when she won the 200 fly in 1:59.32. Rheanna Vaughn was the silver medalist, while Colgate junior Ryan Marynowski took third.
Navy posted another 1-2-3 sweep, this time in the men's 200 fly. Senior Mark Meyer swam the winning time in 1:46.06, while Ben Bondurant finished second in 1:46.21 and Steve Dukleth collected bronze in 1:47.69. All three times exceeded the B cut.
Army junior Chris Nguyen completed the sweep of the diving championships when he took first with 372.55 points in the three-meter event. His 393.15 total in the earlier prelim session set a championship meet record. Navy's Ben Freedman and Will Mayo took second and third, respectively.
Navy finished a perfect 10-for-10 showing in the relays when it swept the 400 yard free events to close the meet. Capuano, Bryan Moriarty, Darmody and Gorinski finished first in 3:24.01, while Colgate and Bucknell were behind in second and third, respectively.
On the men's side, Ingold, Dain Bomberger, Davison and Anthony combined for a time of 2:56.27, which set the Patriot League, championship meet and Lejeune Hall records.
The 2013 Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships will return to Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., and are set for Feb. 21-23.
Day Three Results
Women’s 1,650 Freestyle – Ange Sawick, Navy – 16:30.41
Men’s 1,650 Freestyle – Justin Vagts, Navy – 15:04.38
Women’s 1-meter Diving – Tara Boyle, Bucknell – 243.40
Women’s 200 Backstroke – Lia Kunnapas, Colgate and Kellie Darmody, Navy – 1:59.03
Men’s 200 Backstroke – Conor Campbell, Navy – 1:46.79
Women’s 100 Freestyle – Paige Brink, Army – 50.74
Men’s 100 Freestyle – Zach Ingold, Navy – 44.19
Women’s 200 Breaststroke – Laura Gorinski, Navy – 2:10.67 &
Men’s 200 Breaststroke – Luke Hoffer, Navy – 1:58.13
(Hoffer qualified in 1:57.55 in the morning session, breaking his own Patriot League Championship record set in 2011)
Women’s 200 Butterfly – Toni Paruso, Navy – 1:59.32
Men’s 200 Butterfly – Mark Meyer, Navy – 1:46.06
Men’s 3-meter Diving – Chris Nguyen, Army – 372.55
(Nguyen qualified in a Patriot League Championship record 393.15 during prelims)
Women’s 400 Freestyle Relay – Navy (Capuano, Moriarty, Darmody, Gorinski) – 3:24.01
Men’s 400 Freestyle Relay – Navy (Ingold, Bomberger, Davison, Anthony) – 2:56.27 &
& - Patriot League and League Championship Meet record
Male Swimmer of the Meet – Justin Vagts, Navy
Female Swimmer of the Meet – Laura Gorinski, Navy
Male Rookie of the Meet – Will Viana, Army
Female Rookie of the Meet – Ange Sawick, Navy
Male Diver of the Meet – Chris Nguyen, Army
Female Diver of the Meet – Courtney Vandament, Navy
Men’s Coach of the Year – Bill Roberts, Navy
Women’s Coach of the Year – John Morrison, Navy
Diving Coach of the Year - Errol Carter, Bucknell
1. Navy – 1,029.5
2. Bucknell – 638.5
3. Army – 534.5
4. Lehigh – 460
5. American – 271.5
6. Colgate – 262
7. Lafayette – 164
8. Holy Cross – 123
1. Navy – 933.5
2. Colgate – 692.5
3. Bucknell – 593
4. Army – 422.5
5. Lehigh – 317.5
6. Lafayette – 217
7. American – 213
8. Holy Cross - 116