Oct. 8, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The first weekend of the 2013-14 swimming and diving season featured the first head-to-head showdown between Patriot League squads when Army and Boston University squared off Friday in West Point, N.Y. Elsewhere, American, Bucknell and Holy Cross opened their slates with unscored competition.
Patriot League Notebook
ARMY, BOSTON UNIVERSITY SPLIT ON DAY ONE
In the first meet of the season between Patriot League foes, Army and Boston University settled for a split on Friday in West Point, N.Y. The Army men captured a 157-139 victory, while the Terrier women were victorious 154-146. Both League women’s teams also posted a win over Vermont, with Army winning 197-103 and Boston University prevailing 204-96. It was also the first meet of the season featuring the Terriers going up against one of its new League rivals.
LOYOLA, NAVY DELAY FIRST MEETING
Loyola Maryland and Navy were geared up for their first head-to-head competition since the former officially became a Patriot League member on July 1. The two teams were set to square off Thursday as part of a tri-meet hosted by the Naval Academy, but the ongoing federal government shutdown scuttled those plans, at least for now. No makeup date has been announced. Navy is scheduled to visit UMBC on Friday, Oct. 18, while the Greyhounds open with a two-day tri-meet on Friday-Saturday against George Washington and new League-rival American in both Baltimore and Washington.
AMERICAN, BUCKNELL, HOLY CROSS OPEN TOO
The season got underway over the weekend also for American, Bucknell and Holy Cross, which competed in unscored events. The Eagles took part in the annual Potomac Relay Invitational, which featured sophomore Dylan Rasnick propelling his team to a pair of fourth-place finishes. The Crusaders competed in the Assumption Pentathlon, with freshman Jessie Cashman taking fifth out of 39 racers in her first collegiate meet. Led by senior Mike Nicholson and sophomore Emma Levendoski, Bucknell raced UMBC over the weekend with strong results.
American and Loyola will go head-to-head as part of a tri-meet on Friday-Saturday that spans both their home pools this weekend. The Greyhounds will host the diving events on Friday, while the Eagles’ Reeves Pool serves as the site of the swimming competition on both days. The rest of the competition featuring League teams will take place in New England, with Holy Cross visiting Fairfield and Boston University traveling to Massachusetts, both on Saturday at 1 p.m.
BACK TO LEJEUNE
Bucknell and Navy continue to trade off hosting duties for the Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships, with the Mids taking the honors in 2014. Lejeune Hall will serve as the site of the newly-expanded 10-team championship from Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 19-22 in Annapolis, Md.
MORE TEAMS, ANOTHER DAY
The Patriot League’s expansion to 10 schools with the additions of Boston University and Loyola Maryland means that the swimming and diving championships will grow also. What has traditionally been a three-day meet spanning Thursday to Saturday will expand to four starting with the 2014 edition hosted in Annapolis, Md. While the exact order of events has yet to be officially announced, the duration of the championship increases by one day with festivities beginning on Wednesday.
NAVY TOPS PRESEASON POLLS
Coming off its second straight sweep at the Patriot League Swimming and Diving championships, Navy was named the favorite in the 2013 preseason poll of the head coaches and sports information directors who could not cast ballots for their own teams.
Both Mid teams topped their respective voting with 160 points and 16 first-place votes. In the men’s poll, League newcomer Boston University took second with 141 points and three first-place votes, while 2013 championship runner-up Army was third with 137 points and the last remaining first-place ballot.
Bucknell came in fourth with 110 points, with Lehigh close behind with 100 points to take fifth. The League’s second newcomer, Loyola Maryland, finished sixth in the men’s voting with 68 points, while American (seventh, 60 points), Colgate (eighth, 57), Lafayette (ninth, 49) and Holy Cross (10th, 18) rounded out the men’s balloting.
Just as in the men’s poll, the Terriers claimed second in the women’s balloting with 140 points and four first-place votes. Third place went to Bucknell with 127 points, while Colgate claimed fourth with 113. Army eclipsed the century mark in points to claim fifth in the poll with 101. The rest of the poll featured Lehigh (sixth, 77 points), Loyola (seventh, 76), Lafayette (eighth, 49), American (ninth, 39) and Holy Cross (10th, 18).
Patriot League Weekly Awards (9.30-10.6)
MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
MIKE NICHOLSON, BUCKNELL Sr., Chappaqua, N.Y.
Nicholson is starting off 2013-14 right where he left off after his junior campaign. In Saturday's unscored meet with UMBC, the senior accounted for three of the Bison's six victories in the meet. He won the 200 fly in 1:51.39, joining teammate Erik Heinemann as the only two swimmers under 1:59 in the race. Nicholson added wins in the 100 fly (51.33) and 50 fly (23.27) and was part of Bucknell's second-place relay in the 200 medley (1:35.69) in which he swam the third leg in 22.60.
FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
ARIANA BULLARD, ARMY Fr., Carmel, Ind.
Bullard picked up victories in the 100 fly and 200 IM as Army settled for a split of its first meet of the season on Friday, beating Vermont 197-103 but falling 154-106 to Boston University. Bullard was less than two seconds off the NCAA B cut time in the 100 fly with her race-winning clocking of 56.21 in her first collegiate meet. She also won the 200 IM with a time of 2:08.01.
MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
JOSH URENZIS, ARMY Jr., Kihei, Hawaii
Urenzis has big shoes to fill after the graduation of Chris Nguyen, but he stepped right in and swept the boards in Army's 157-139 win over Boston University at Crandall Pool in West Point, N.Y. on Friday. He scored 293.50 points to win the three-meter competition, and netted 267.15 points for gold off the one-meter board.
FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
CHELSEA GLINCMAN, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., North Brunswick, N.J.
Glincman was the only Terrier to win two events on Friday in a tri-meet at Army that also involved Vermont. The senior swept the one- and three-meter boards with 241.05 and 248.15 points, respectively. Glincman collects the first swimming and diving weekly award for a Terrier.
CHRIS SZEKELY, ARMY So., Doylestown, Pa.
Swept the 100 and 200 free races in 46.44 and 1:41.78, respectively, in the Black Knights' 157-139 win over Patriot League newcomer Boston University on Friday.
CONNOR STUEWE, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Jr., Monterey, Calif.
Swept the 100 and 200 backs against Army in 51.76 and 1:52.21, respectively.
EMMA LEVENDOSKI, BUCKNELL So., Mandeville, La.
Won three races against UMBC, taking the 50 (27.53), 100 (57.67) and 200 (2:04.85) back races.
TORI MOLCHANY, BUCKNELL Jr., Coplay, Pa.
Won the one-meter competition with 232.95 points and took third from the three-meter board with 222.90 points versus UMBC.