Patriot League Swimming and Diving Release - 10.19.11

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Navy junior Kellie Darmody
Navy junior Kellie Darmody

Oct. 19, 2011

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Army rode strong performances in all facets to its 165.5-128.5 victory at Marist Friday afternoon, and as a result a pair of Black Knights captured weekly awards Monday. Junior Carter Kelly, who swept the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events and was part of a first-place 200 medley relay, was named Male Swimmer of the Week and senior Matt Joiner, who won the one-meter dive and took third from the three-meter board, was named Male Diver of the Week.

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The Army men are now 3-0 on the season, with a pair of meet wins at home, and will host their next two competitions.

The Navy women were the only Mids to see action last week, as they fell 187-113 at James Madison. Female Swimmer of the Week Kellie Darmody was responsible for two of Navy’s five event victories in Friday’s meet (100 and 200 back) while also claiming third in the 100 fly. She is undefeated in both in the season’s early going. Darmody was the runner-up in the 100 back and took third in the 200 back at the Patriot League Championships last season.

Navy’s other victories came in the 200 breast, won by Laura Gorinski in 2:19.16, and in the 1,000 free, won by freshman Ange Sawick. She clocked a 10:13.88 to win by seven seconds.

American competed in an unscored tri-meet against Catholic and George Washington. Friday’s events were hosted by Catholic, while the Eagles were home for Saturday’s competition. Ming Ong captured two events, winning the 100 and 200 breast for the Eagles, while Robert Feasley was victorious in the 100 fly. Freshman Melissa Parker was impressive during the diving portion, posting the top scores from both the one- and three-meter boards. Her 241.65 score in the three-meter event and 240.75 from the one-meter board both rank fourth all-time in Eagle history. American is now on the road for the duration of its schedule.

The schedule resumes Friday when both Navy squads travel to UMBC for a 4 p.m. meet. Lehigh returns to action after an idle week when it vists West Chester at 6 p.m. Holy Cross will compete at the New England Catholic Invitational for two days, with Friday’s events starting at 6 p.m. The Crusaders will continue events there Saturday at 10 a.m.

Bucknell is back in the pool at home Saturday for a 1 p.m. meet with George Washington. The Bison were idle last week after competing with UMBC in an unscored meet to start the year. Army looks to keep its strong start going when it plays host to Massachusetts at 2 p.m.

Though they haven’t competed yet, Colgate and Lafayette continue preparing for their respective season-opening meets. They’ll start on the same day, when the Raiders visit League rival Lehigh and the Leopards go to Loyola (Md.) for a quad meet that also involves Seton Hall and Drexel.

Patriot League Weekly Awards

CARTER KELLY, ARMY Jr., Edina, Minn.
Kelly collected a pair of individual wins and contributed to a victorious 200-yard medley relay effort as Army moved to 3-0 on the young season with a 165.5-128.5 victory over visiting Marist Friday. Kelly, who garners the first Patriot League weekly award of his career, won the 100 breast in 1:00.46 and added the win in the 200 breast in 2:11.41. His 200 medley relay foursome won with a clocking of 1:37.54.

Darmody won two individual events Friday in Navy’s meet at James Madison. She clocked a 57.68 to win the 100 back by 1.87 seconds, and captured the win in the 200 back by 2.38 seconds with a time of 2:04.49. She is undefeated in both events so far this season. She added a third-place showing in the 100 fly (58.59) and swam the fastest third leg of the 400 free relay, an event in which the Mids finished second.

MATT JOINER, ARMY Sr., Lawrenceville, Ga.
Joiner did his part to help Army to its victory over Marist Friday. He took first in the 1-meter dive with 253.20 points before adding a third-place finish from the 3-meter board with 242.80 points.

Parker posted a strong all-around performance during American’s unscored tri-meet Friday and Saturday against Catholic and George Washington. The freshman from Livermore, Calif., scored 240.75 points from the 1-meter board and posted a 241.65 in the 3-meter event. Both are the fourth-best scores in those events in American history.

MING ONG, AMERICAN Jr., Pymble, Australia
Ong won the 100 breast and 200 breast events and added a pair of second-place showings during the Eagles’ two-day tri-meet with Catholic and George Washington. He swam in six events, finishing in the top three in five.

Patriot League Notebook

Lehigh didn’t compete last weekend, so the Mountain Hawks took advantage of its free Saturday by participating in the annual Light the Night Walk at Northampton Community College. The event is a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society aimed at aiding those battling blood cancers. Light the Night takes on added importance for Lehigh, as women’s senior swimmer Jill Rann is a cancer survivor. She battled Leukemia - and won - when she was an age-group swimmer. Over 3,000 people turned out for Saturday’s walk. For more information, visit

The first Senior Day of the season occurred Saturday when American hosted the second half of a two-day tri-meet that involved its Washington, D.C.-rivals Catholic and George Washington. The Eagles, who also hosted the Potomac Relay Invitational two weeks before, will compete the rest of its 2011-12 schedule away from the Reeves Acquatic Center. American next competes Nov. 5 in a quad meet hosted by Navy that will also feature Bucknell and Lafayette. The Eagles will be used to traveling by the time the Patriot League Championships roll around Feb. 16-18 at Navy, though the trek to Annapolis, Md., will be the shortest of the seven taken by the League teams.

The Navy men extended their record run to eight consecutive Patriot League Championships last season when they captured the trophy at Bucknell. While the Mids have already secured the mark for most consecutive titles, they can focus on tying rival Army for the most men’s crowns in League history. The Black Knights dominated in the early years of the League, capturing nine championships in a 10-year span from 1992-2001, with 1999 the sole exception when Lehigh won the hardware. If the preseason poll is any indication, Navy will pull even with Army in most men’s championships at this season’s meet in Annapolis, Md. The men collected the maximum 98 points and 14 first-place votes, with Army (second, 83 points) and Bucknell (third, 73) splitting the remaining two. Lehigh was picked fourth with 59 points, followed by Colgate (56), Lafayette (33), American (32) and Holy Cross (14).

Colgate has won three of the last four League titles on the women’s side and led wire to wire at last year’s championship meet with first-year head coach Fernando Canales at the helm. The Raiders will look for their fourth crown when the championships return to Navy’s Lejeune Hall Feb. 16-18. Colgate finished first in the preseason poll with 95 points and 13 first-place votes, but the host Mids were right behind with 87 points and the last three first-place ballots. It was the Mids who snapped Colgate’s two-year championship run by winning the trophy in 2010, when the League meet was last held in Annapolis, Md. Bucknell took third in the women’s preseason voting with 74 points, while Army was fourth with 60. Rounding out the poll was Lehigh in fifth with 46 points, American in sixth with 45, followed by Lafayette (seventh, 27) and Holy Cross (eighth, 14).

The 2012 Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships will return to Lejeune Hall on the campus of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., starting Feb. 16 and running through Feb. 18. Preliminary heats are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. with the finals starting at 6 p.m. Navy and Bucknell have alternated the hosting duties for the League championship meet for the last several years. The Mids swept both the men and women’s titles the last time Lejeune hosted the championships in 2010. The men captured their seventh straight championship, while the women secured their record 10th title and snapped Colgate’s two-year run with the trophy.

Patriot League schools once again excelled when the NCAA released its most recent Academic Progress Rate in May. Ninety-seven percent of League teams came in at or above the national Division I four-year average score of 970. In addition, over 65 percent of League teams tallied a score of 990 or better. Eighty-two teams from full-member institutions and 73 League-sponsored squads were awarded NCAA Public Recognition Awards for scoring in the top 10 percent of their sport’s APR.

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