Oct. 17, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – After a relatively light schedule last weekend, five Patriot League squads are back in the pool over the next seven days. There were just two teams in competition last weekend, with American taking part in the annual tri-meet against D.C. rivals George Washington and Catholic, while Holy Cross had its first dual of the season versus Fairfield.
The Eagles’ meet was unscored, but head coach Mark Davin’s club saw strong swims from Bobby Ballance, the Male Swimmer of the Week, and Grace Ibrahim, the Female Swimmer of the Week. Despite falling in both meets against Fairfield, the Crusaders earned a weekly honor as Nick Videtti was named the Male Diver of the Week.
Patriot League Notebook
• Action resumes Friday with Army, Holy Cross, Lehigh and Navy in competition. It is the first outing of the season for the Mountain Hawks, who host West Chester at 6 p.m.
• Army, Holy Cross and Navy are all on the road Friday. The Mids visit UMBC, the Black Knights head to Massachusetts and the Crusaders will swim at the New England Catholic Invitational hosted by Boston College.
• Bucknell returns to the pool for the first time since late September. The Bison visit Connecticut Saturday at 1 p.m.
• There’s one midweek meet next week, with the Holy Cross women visiting Siena next Wednesday.
• Colgate’s season doesn’t begin until Oct. 27, when the Raiders host League rival Lehigh along with non-conference foe Yale for a tri-meet.
• One of the first large meets of the season featuring a plethora of League squads is set for Nov. 3, when Lafayette entertains American, Bucknell and Navy for a quad meet in Easton, Pa.
Patriot League Weekly Awards
MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
BOBBY BALLANCE, AMERICAN Jr., Egg Harbor Township, N.J.
Balance broke the meet record in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 backstroke as American took on Catholic and George Washington in the annual tri-meet over the weekend. He finished with three first-place showings overall. He clocked a 1:56.98 in the 200 IM and touched the wall first in 51.86 in the 100 back. His third win of the meet came in the 100 fly (52.56).
FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
GRACE IBRAHIM, AMERICAN So., Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Ibrahim posted American’s lone first-place finish with her win in the 200 fly in 2:20.79, taking the top spot by nearly two seconds. She concluded the two-day competition with four finishes in the top 10 and three in the top six, including a third-place time in the 100 breast (1:10.52) and a sixth-place clocking in the 100 fly (1:03.99).
MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
NICK VIDETTI, HOLY CROSS Jr., Woodcliff Lake, N.J.
Videtti won the one-meter dive with 227.40 points and took third from the three-meter board with 204.30 points as Holy Cross went head-to-head with Fairfield in the Crusaders’ first dual meet of the 2012-13 season. Videtti’s showing from the one-meter was a personal best, improving his previous mark by over 12 points.
FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
JAN YBURAN, HOLY CROSS Jr., Livington, N.J.
Yburan tallied two individual wins in the 100 and 200 backstrokes (55.96 and 2:03.37) to pace Holy Cross in Saturday’s meet against Fairfield. He was also part of the Crusaders’ victorious 400 medley relay.
KATELYN DESROSIERS, HOLY CROSS Sr., Gorham, Maine
Desrosiers had a pair of runner-up showings for Holy Cross, taking second in the 200 free and 200 IM. She was the top individual performer for the Crusaders against Fairfield.