Patriot League Announces 2012 All-Patriot League Teams in Swimming and Diving

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Army's Chris Nguyen swept the diving events at last week's Patriot League Championships to earn first-team All-League laurels.
Army's Chris Nguyen swept the diving events at last week's Patriot League Championships to earn first-team All-League laurels.

Feb. 22, 2012

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Navy was the big winner in sweeping the Patriot League Men and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships last week in Annapolis, Md., and the Mids added to their haul Wednesday when the All-Patriot League teams were announced by the League office.

A total of 75 student-athletes earned All-Patriot League laurels as a result of their finishes at the League meet. Navy tallied League-highs of 18 men’s and 14 women’s student-athletes garnering All-League recognition. The men placed 13 on the first team, while the women had nine.

A swimmer or diver earns first-team All-League status for winning an event at the League Championships, while a second-place finisher garners second-team laurels. The teams are backfilled by the individual championship point tallies. A student-athlete who finishes second in a race or dive can move up to the first team based on points.

The first and second teams are normally comprised of 18 student-athletes apiece. The women’s teams feature the usual 36 total, while the men’s first team has 20 and the second team 19 because of ties in the points.

In the men’s competition, Bucknell was second to Navy with eight total All-League selections evenly split between first and second team. Lehigh had five, all on the second team, while Army had four total, including two on the first team, and American had three total with one on the first team. Colgate’s lone All-League selection was on the second team.

On the women’s side, Colgate was second to Navy with 10 All-League recipients, including five on the first team. Bucknell was third with seven total and two on the first team, while Army and Lehigh tied with two All-Leaguers apiece, with one each on the first team. American had a second-team honoree.

Nine of Navy’s 13 first-team selections on the men’s side were event winners, including the top overall point recipient Justin Vagts, who was voted the Male Swimmer of the Meet by the head coaches. Other event winners for the Mids were Zach Ingold, Ben Bondurant, Mac Anthony, Steve Dukleth, Luke Hoffer, Gage Trotter, Mark Meyer, Conor Campbell and Sean Murphy. Will Norton, Joe Stark and Hugh Davison made it to the first team based on championship points.

In addition, Anthony was recognized Saturday at the championship meet for tallying the most individual championship point of any student-athlete in the League’s class of 2012.

Diver Ben Freedman earned second-team laurels because of a runner-up finish from the three-meter board board, while Ben Grove, Sean Bagent, Wil Mayo and Robbie Parker garnered placement on the second team because of points.

Bucknell’s four first-team selections were Mike Nicholson, Christian Treat, Matt Segar and Tom Brown. All made it onto the first team based on point totals. The Bison’s four second-team recipients – Eric Sokolosky, Erik Heinemann, Taylor Harris and Billy Krause – were because of point totals as well.

Army’s lone first-team selection was Male Diver of the Meet Chris Nguyen, who was voted to that honor for the second year in a row. He swept the one- and three-meter events. Ayman Andrews garnered first-team laurels because of points, while diver Zachary Woods was a runner-up and Will Viana earned placement on points. In addition, Viana was named Male Rookie of the Meet.

Bobby Ballance represented American on the first team because of points, while Mike Wurm (runner-up) and Ming Ong (points) earned second-team laurels.

Lehigh placed five student-athletes on the second team. Chris Hoke earned his spot on the team because of a runner-up showing, while Frank Cuzzola, Danny Bennett, Alex Aboud and Connor Styles garnered enough points.

Colgate’s Casey Powers was the lone Raider to capture All-League laurels with his second-team showing because of points.

Five of Navy’s nine first-team All-League performers on the women’s side were event winners, including Laura Gorinski, the Female Swimmer of the Meet and three-time event winner. She was joined by teammates Toni Paruso, another winner of three events, Ange Sawick, the Female Rookie of the Meet, and Female Diver of the Meet Courtney Vandament. Mids Rheanna Vaughn, Colleen Randolph, Olivia Kosaka and Hollis Capuano earned first-team recognition on points.

The five Mids to collect second-team honors all did so on points. They were Jenn Abbott, Haley Nowak, Cat Cortesio, Bryn Moriarty and Katherine Jones.

Five from Colgate made the first team, including event victors Lia Kunnapas and Erica Derlath. Emma Santoro, Becca Murray and Jenna Jacoby earned first-team status because of points. Additionally, Derlath was recognized at the meet for accumulating the most championship points of any member of the class of 2012 on the women’s side.

Colgate’s second-team recipients were Samantha Wary as a runner-up, while Melanie Lockhard, Hannah Fitton, Ryan Marynowski and Megan Jex accumulated enough points.

Bucknell’s two first-team All-Leaguers were Tara Boyle, who won the one-meter diving event, and Lauren Perry, who accrued enough points. Stephanie Koziol, Katie Hetherington and Kelly Pontecorvo were runners-up in their events to garner second-team laurels, wihle Liz Porcellio and Jen Brennan had enough points.

Army’s Paige Brink collected first-team recognition as an event winner at last weekend’s championships, while Alyssa Tran was placed on the second team on points.

Lehigh’s Alissa Leung earned first-team laurels on points, while Emily DiDonato garnered second-team recognition based on points.

American’s Leah Breen wrapped up her career with a second-team All-League performance for a runner-up finish at the meet.

2012 Patriot League Women’s Swimming and Diving All-League Team

First Team (18)
Laura Gorinski, Navy ^
Toni Paruso, Navy ^
Ange Sawick, Navy ^
Kellie Darmody, Navy ^
Lia Kunnapas, Colgate ^
Erica Derlath, Colgate ^
Paige Brink, Army ^
Courtney Vandament, Navy ^
Tara Boyle, Bucknell ^
Rheanna Vaughn, Navy ^^
Emma Santoro, Colgate ^^
Becca Murray, Colgate ^^
Colleen Randolph, Navy ^^
Jenna Jacoby, Colgate ^^
Lauren Perry, Bucknell ^^
Olivia Kosaka, Navy ^^
Hollis Capuano, Navy ^
Alissa Leung, Lehigh ^^

Second Team (18)
Stephanie Koziol, Bucknell $
Katie Hetherington, Bucknell $
Leah Breen, American $
Kelly Pontecorvo, Bucknell $
Samantha Wary, Colgate $
Jenn Abbott, Navy &
Haley Howak, Navy &
Melanie Lockard, Colgate &
Catherine Cortesio, Navy &
Hannah Fitton, Colgate &
Ryan Marynowski, Colgate &
Bryn Moriarty, Navy &
Liz Porcellio, Bucknell &
Alyssa Tran, Army &
Jen Brennan, Bucknell &
Megan Jex, Colgate &
Katherine Jones, Navy &
Emily DiDonato, Lehigh &

2012 Patriot League Men’s Swimming and Diving All-League Team

First Team (20)
Justin Vagts, Navy ^
Zach Ingold, Navy ^
Ben Bondurant, Navy ^
Mac Anthony, Navy ^
Steve Dukleth, Navy ^
Luke Hoffer, Navy ^
Gage Trotter, Navy ^
Mark Meyer, Navy ^
Conor Campbell, Navy ^
Chris Nguyen, Army ^
Sean Murphy, Navy ^
Will Norton, Navy ^^
Mike Nicholson, Bucknell ^^
Christian Treat, Bucknell ^^
Joe Stark, Navy ^^
Matt Segar, Bucknell ^^
Hugh Davison, Navy ^^
Ayman Andrews, Army ^^
Tom Brown, Bucknell ^^
Bobby Ballance, American ^^

Second Team (19)
Matt Wurm, American $
Chris Hoke, Lehigh $
Ben Freedman, Navy $
Zachary Woods, Army $
Will Viana, Army &
Eric Sokolosky, Bucknell &
Ming Ong, American &
Ben Grove, Navy &
Erik Heinemann, Bucknell &
Frank Cuzzola, Lehigh &
Taylor Harris, Bucknell &
Casey Powers, Colgate &
Danny Bennett, Lehigh &
Alex Aboud, Lehigh &
Billy Krause, Bucknell &
Connor Styles, Lehigh &
Sean Bagent, Navy &
Wil Mayo, Navy &
Robbie Parker, Navy &

^ – Made First Team because of event win
^^ - Made First Team based on championship points
$ - Made Second Team based on second-place finish in event
& - Made Second Team based on championship points