Navy's Mark Meyer
Nov. 9, 2011
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The Midshipmen defended their home waters Saturday as both the men and women swept the Navy quad at Lejeune Hall in Annapolis, Md., posting victories each over American, Bucknell and Lafayette.
Navy had an exceptionally strong meet, which was contested in long-course yards. The Mids’ closest matchup was against Bucknell, with Navy taking a 152.5-128.5 win on the men’s side and a 160-129 victory in women’s competition. Navy swept Lafayette 190-99 (men) and 186-98 (women) and took a pair from American by scores of 189-97 (men) and 179-100 (women).
Despite losing to Navy, both Bucknell clubs went 2-1 on Saturday. The Bison swept Lafayette by scores of 226-72 (men) and 242-57 (women), and captured victories againast American by counts of 227-67 on the men’s side and 226-71 in the women’s meet.
American and Lafayette split against one another. The Eagles won 187-113 in the men’s competition, while the Leopards took a 160-130 victory in the women’s meet.
Saturday was one of the busiest days on the 2011-12 slate. In addition to the Navy quad, Lehigh and Army were both in action against non-League opponents, and both teams were at home. Lehigh swept Rider in Bethlehem, Pa., with the men winning 181-119 and the women taking a 169-111 victory. Army had to settle for a split with visiting Connecticut, with the men moving to 5-0 on the season with a 176.5-123.5 win over the Huskies. The Black Knights fell in the women’s meet by a score of 182.5-109.5. In addition to the win on the men’s side, junior Chris Nguyen qualified for NCAA Zones in March after posting a 351.22 point total from the three-meter board in the victory over the Huskies.
Navy’s dominant showing at Saturday’s quad was reflected in the weekly awards, with three Mids capturing honors Monday. The lone holdout was the Male Diver of the Week award, which was collected by Army senior Chris Nguyen, who qualified for NCAA Zones in March in the Black Knights’ win.
Lehigh’s victory over the Broncs was paced by freshman Alissa Leung, who captured three individual wins in Saturday’s meet. She took first in the 100- and 200-yard back and 200 IM and was part of a victorious 200 medley relay team. It was the Mountain Hawk women’s first win against Rider since 2004.
After a very busy Saturday, this week’s schedule has a much lighter tone. Lehigh is back in action Friday and Saturday at the Princeton Invitational. Colgate visits Buffalo for a dual meet Saturday and returns home to welcomes Niagara Sunday.
The schedule picks up again the following week with several teams going on the road one week before the Thanksgiving holiday.
Patriot League Weekly Awards
MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
MARK MEYER, NAVY Sr., Bethesda, Md.
Meyer was a big part of Navy’s 3-0 showing in Saturday’s quad meet against American, Bucknell and Lafayette. He was the overall winner in both the 100- and 200-meter flys, posting first-place times of 57.99 and 2:06.77, respectively. He captured the former by 0.28 seconds over a teammate, while his win in the 200 came by 3.5 seconds over a Bucknell swimmer. Meyer moves to 7-0 this year in the 200 fly, while his victories in the 100 fly were his first of the season in that event. He was also part of Navy’s 400 free relay foursome that finished second overall and posted first-place points in the duals with American and Lafayette.
FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
LAURA GORINSKI, NAVY Jr., Greensburg, Pa.
Gorinski was stellar as the Mids went 3-0 during the quad meet they hosted Saturday in Annapolis, Md., against League teams American, Bucknell and Lafayette. She was the overall winner in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke events along with the 200 IM. Her time in the 100 breast of 1:14.29 was 3.28 seconds ahead of second place, and she won the 200 breast (2:40.61) by nearly six seconds. Her 200 IM clocking of 2:26.84 was over four seconds faster than her nearest competitor. In 21 races this season, Gorinski has 16 victories and four runner-up showings.
MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
CHRIS NGUYEN, ARMY Jr., Cheshire, Conn.
Nguyen won both diving competitions Saturday in Army’s victory at home against Connecticut. He recorded a season-best 351.22 from the three-meter board, qualifying him for NCAA Zones in March and was less than 30 points shy of his showing at last year’s Patriot League Championship Meet. Nguyen won the one-meter competition with a 309.75, which was nearly 22 points ahead of second place. The Black Knight men have won five straight meets.
FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
COURTNEY VANDAMENT, NAVY Sr., Coppell, Texas
Vandament scored a 256.25 from the three-meter board, giving her two victories and a runner-up showing in the quad meet hosted by the Mids Saturday in Annapolis, Md. She tallied a 229.45 in the one-meter event, giving her two more wins and another second-place finish. From the one-meter board, she won the American and Lafayette duals by 3.75 points, and took second overall in the three-meter competition by just 0.65 points while finishing nearly 27 points ahead of the third-place overall performer. Vandament has nine wins in 15 events this season.
LEAH BREEN, AMERICAN Sr., Irvine, Calif.
Breen won the 50-meter free at the Navy quad meet Saturday, giving the Eagles first-place points with a time of 28.01, which was .05 seconds faster than Bucknell’s Emily Wright. Her 1:01.35 in the 100 free was just .19 seconds out of first.
MELISSA PARKER, AMERICAN Fr., Livermore, Calif.
Parker scored a 256.90 to win the three-meter dive at the Navy quad meet Saturday in Annapolis, Md. She added a fourth-place overall showing from the one-meter board. Her three-meter score is the third-best in school history.
MATTHEW SEGAR, BUCKNELL Sr., Carmel, Ind.
Segar collected individual wins in the 200- and 400-meter freestyles and took second in the 100 free as Bucknell went 2-1 in the quad meet at Navy Saturday, falling to the Mids while posting victories against American and Lafayette.
WIL MAYO, NAVY So., The Woodlands, Texas
Mayo scored a 272.45 from the one-meter board to win all three duals at the Navy quad on Saturday, and added a 249.00 from the three-meter to take second overall.
ALISSA LEUNG, LEHIGH Fr., Garden City, N.Y.
Leung won three individual events against Rider, taking first place in the 100 and 200 backs and the 200 IM. Saturday’s win was the Mountain Hawks’ first against the Broncs since 2004.
KATIE HETHERINGTON, BUCKNELL Fr., Houston, Texas
Hetherington took first overall in the one-meter dive and captured second-place points in the three-meter competition in the Navy quad meet Saturday. She collected a 240.65 from the one-meter board for her second-best showing this year.
Patriot League Notebook
NGUYEN TO HEAD TO ZONES
Army junior Chris Nguyen has begun the 2011-12 season performing as well as did at the end of last season, when he was named the Male Diver of the Meet by the head coaches at the Patriot League Championships. He scored a 351.22 from the three-meter board in Saturday’s win over visiting Connecticut, giving him a point total good enough to qualify for the NCAA Zone Diving Meet coming up in March. Nguyen is the defending League Champion from the one-meter board and will try to repeat when the League Championship Meet hails from Navy in February.
Top times for the student-athletes in the Patriot League are available by going to the Patriot League Swimming and Diving homepage at http://www.patriotleague.org/sports/c-swim/patr-c-swim-body.html. There fans can find the Top Times link in the sidebar on the right side of the page underneath the standings. That will bring up CollegeSwimming.com. To find the League’s top times in all swimming events, make sure to change the conference setting to “PL.”
QUIETER SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
American, Bucknell, Lafayette and Navy all have this week off after competing in the quad meet Saturday in Annapolis. Instead, Colgate and Lehigh will take center stage the next seven days. Lehigh opens competition at the Princeton Invitational Friday and finishes up Saturday. Meanwhile, the Raiders have two duals set for this weekend. First, they’ll travel to Buffalo Saturday and then return home Sunday to host Niagara. Army is also off this week after hosting Connecticut over the weekend. The Black Knights will return to the pool Nov. 17.
NAVY AIMS FOR ANOTHER TROPHY
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).
THREE OUT OF FOUR AND LOOKING FOR MORE
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).
YOUR HOST FOR THE EVENING
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.
APR GRADE IS A-OK
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.