Academic Awards Announced in Patriot League Women's Swimming and Diving

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Navy senior Laura Gorinski
Navy senior Laura Gorinski

March 6, 2013

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Navy senior Laura Gorinski was named Women’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was one of 10 student-athletes named to the Academic All-League team, it was announced Wednesday by the Patriot League.

The Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Academic All-League team are nominated and voted on by the League’s swimming and diving sports information directors who cannot cast a ballot for their own student-athletes.

Gorinski becomes the second in the sport to claim the award three times, joining Navy’s Kelly Zahalka, who was honored from 2007-09.

Bucknell led the squad of 10 with four honors recipients in senior Elizabeth Porcellio, junior Kelly Pontecorvo, and sophomores Tara Boyle and Lauren Perry. Army placed a pair on the team in junior Rita Snyder and sophomore Kristen Barta. Also making the team were American sophomore Melissa Parker, Colgate sophomore Sami Wary and Holy Cross junior Kelsey Poremba.

Gorinski picked up her third major award at last month’s Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships, garnering her second straight Female Swimmer of the Meet honor to go with her 2010 Rookie of the Meet accolade. She swept the breaststroke events at the championships and won the 200 IM title, successfully defending her championships in all three. In addition, she won a pair of relay golds in the 200 and 400 medley races. Gorinski was a seven-time Female Swimmer of the Week in 2012-13.

Gorinski carries a 3.68 cumulative grade-point average at the U.S. Naval Academy majoring in astrophysics. In addition to her now three Scholar-Athlete of the Year nods, she’s been a three-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll and twice was named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District team, with first-team honors coming a year ago. After capturing Honorable Mention Scholar All-America laurels from the College Swimming Coaches Association (CSCA) in 2010 and 2011, she garnered first-team honors last season.

A native of Greensburg, Pa., Gorinski will graduate as one of the most decorated Patriot League champions in history, winning 11 individual golds and 20 total when including relays. In addition, she is the first student-athlete in women’s swimming and diving to be named both the Female Swimmer of the Meet and the Scholar-Athlete of the Year multiple times.

The rest of the list includes student-athletes who have not only excelled in the pool but also in the classroom. Parker, the silver medalist at last month’s championships from the one-meter diving board and a bronze medalist from the three-meter, carries a 3.88 GPA majoring in biology.

Snyder scored 22 points at the championship meet and is a life science major with a 3.991 GPA. Barta, also a life science major at Army, has a 3.952 GPA and also collected 22 championship points.

Porcellio earned her fourth placement on the All-League second team and has a 3.83 GPA as a neuroscience major. Pontecorvo, a management major with a 3.45 GPA, earned first-team All-League laurels for winning the 1,650 free title. Boyle, the two-time defending champion from the one-meter board, has a 3.75 GPA as an accounting and financial management major. Perry carries a 3.87 GPA and is undeclared, and earned her second consecutive placement on the All-League first team.

Wary is a psychology major with a 3.58 GPA, and earned second-team laurels in points at last month’s championships.

Poremba, who carries a 3.90 GPA as a chemistry major, and has already made two appearances on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.

To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and the Academic All-Patriot League Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen or students in their first academic year at their school are not eligible for the honor.

The Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for each individual sport comprises the pool of nominees for the Patriot League Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards given out over the summer. One male and one female are selected for this honor.

2013 Patriot League Academic Awards in Women’s Swimming and Diving

Scholar-Athlete of the Year – Laura Gorinski, Navy, Sr.

Academic All-Patriot League Team
Melissa Parker, American, So.
Rita Snyder, Army, Jr.
Kristen Barta, Army, So.
Elizabeth Porcellio, Bucknell, Sr.
Kelly Pontecorvo, Bucknell, Jr.
Tara Boyle, Bucknell, So.
Lauren Perry, Bucknell, So.
Sami Wary, Colgate, So.
Kelsey Poremba, Holy Cross, Jr.
Laura Gorinski, Navy, Sr.