Army freshman Molly Mucciarone was part of two Black Knight victories, including an individual win in the 50 free.
Feb. 21, 2013
LEWISBURG, Pa. – Navy began its drive for the repeat sweep of the Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships by jumping out to leads in both the men’s and women’s competitions Thursday at Bucknell’s Kinney Natatorium.
The Navy men scored 303 points on the first night to take a lead on rival Army, which is in second with 205 points. Host Bucknell is running a strong third with 170.5 points, while Lehigh sits in fourth with 142.5. Colgate has 69 points for fifth place, ahead of American (52), Holy Cross (50) and Lafayette (32).
The Navy women have not won back-to-back League championships in 16 years, but the Mids got out to a strong start and have the lead after the first day with 223 points. Their closest competition after 11 events is Colgate, which accrued 167 points. The Bison sit in third place on the women’s side as well with 154, with Army close behind with 142. Lehigh is fifth with 96 points, ahead of Holy Cross (48), Lafayette (36) and American (25).
The Army women captured the first event of the evening, winning 40 points by taking the 200-yard freestyle relay. The Black Knights, who came in with the top-seeded time, won in 1:33.00, edging second-place Navy by five-hundredths of a second. Colgate won bronze in 1:33.57. It’s Army’s fifth title in the event, but first since 2001.
Lehigh took gold in the men’s 200 free relay in 1:20.05, with Army taking second with a time of 1:21.06. Bucknell got to the podium in third place in 1:22.51. Navy’s foursome was leading Lehigh after the first leg by three tenths of a second, but the Mids were disqualified when their second leg swimmer left the block early. It was Lehigh’s first gold in the men’s 200 free relay since 1998.
The disqualification snapped the Navy men’s streak of 22 straight relay victories.
Rachel Dudley won Navy’s first gold of the night by touching the wall first in the women’s 500 free. She posted a time of 4:50.01, beating out Bucknell’s Kelly Pontecorvo by one-quarter of a second. The Mids’ also collected third-place points with Ange Sawick, the defending champion, winning bronze in 4:52.87.
Navy’s Justin Vagts successfully defended his title in the men’s 500 free, winning in 4:20.77. The Mids dominated the event, taking the top six places. Tom Duvall won silver with a time of 4:21.94, and Alex Nickell captured third place with a clocking of 4:24.85. Navy collected 95 points in that event.
More points came to the Mids courtesy of senior Laura Gorinski, the defending Female Swimmer of the Meet. Gorinski, also the two-time Scholar-Athlete of the Year, became the second three-time winner of the women’s 200 IM at the League meet when she finished in 2:01.38. Teammate Kellie Darmody won silver with a time of 2:03.31, and Bucknell’s Ashley Henderson finished in third place (2:03.41).
Navy’s Ben Bondurant became the first student-athlete to win the men’s 200 IM three straight years when he successfully defended his title with a winning time of 1:47.94. Fellow Mid Joe Stark was second with a time of 1:48.23, while Bucknell’s Mike Nicholson was close behind for bronze in 1:48.81.
Army collected two of the top-three podium positions in the women’s 50 free. Freshman Molly Mucciarone won the designation of fastest woman in the League with a time of 23.03, while teammate Grace Hamilton collected the bronze with of 23.48. Navy’s Maddie Thompson was sandwiched in between in second when she touched the wall in 23.35.
Navy’s fifth overall event victory came in the men’s 50 free, where Hugh Davison touched the wall first in 20.21. A pair of Lehigh swimmers went 2-3 in the standings, with Chris Hoke winning silver (20.35) and Demetri Karedis taking the bronze (20.37).
Army senior Chris Nguyen captured his third championship in the three-meter dive with 375.80 points. He cleared the field by over 40 points, with Navy’s Ben Freedman taking 333.45 points. Third place went to Army’s Joshua Urnezis with 316.80 points. The academy rivals wound up taking the top eight spots, with Army capturing five and Navy three.
Nguyen became the third diver in meet history to capture three championships from the three-meter board.
The Mids successfully defended their title in the women’s 400 medley relay with a winning time of 3:42.37. Colgate ran second in 3:45.21, while Bucknell was third with a time of 3:45.83.
The second day of the championships gets underway Friday morning with trials at 10:30 a.m. The second day’s events are the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, the women’s one-meter dive and a pair of relays.
Day One Results
Women’s 200 Freestyle Relay – Army (Grace Hamilton, Molly Mucciarone, Juette Wallerstein, Haileigh Phillips) – 1:33.00
Men’s 200 Freestyle Relay – Lehigh (Frank Cuzzola, Matt Chrzanowski, Demetri Karedis, Christopher Hoke) – 1.20.05
Women’s 500 Freestyle – Rachel Dudley, Navy – 4:50.01
Men’s 500 Freestyle – Justin Vagts, Navy – 4:20.77
Women’s 200 IM – Laura Gorinski, Navy – 2:01.38
Men’s 200 IM – Ben Bondurant, Navy – 1:47.94
Women’s 50 Free – Molly Mucciarone, Army – 23.03
Men’s 50 Free – Hugh Davison, Navy – 20.21
Men’s 3-meter Diving – Chris Nguyen, Army – 375.80
Women’s 400 Medley Relay – Navy (Kellie Darmody, Laura Gorinski, Toni Paruso, Maddie Thompson) – 3:42.37
Men’s 400 Medley Relay – Navy (Brendan Walsh, Sean Murphy, Ben Bondurant, Hugh Davison) – 3:13.81
1. Navy – 303 points
2. Army – 205
3. Bucknell – 170.5
4. Lehigh – 142.5
5. Colgate – 69
6. American – 52
7. Holy Cross – 50
8. Lafayette – 32
1. Navy – 223 points
2. Colgate – 167
3. Bucknell – 154
4. Army – 142
5. Lehigh – 96
6. Holy Cross – 48
7. Lafayette – 36
8. American – 25