Nov. 21, 2011
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – The Patriot League announced its weekly awards in men and women’s swimming and diving Monday.
Navy swept the swimming awards, with senior Mac Anthony capturing the men’s honor and junior Laura Gorinski securing the women’s accolade. On the diving side, Army junior Chris Nguyen was named Male Diver of the Week for the second time this season, while Bucknell freshman Katie Hetherington broke the school record and qualified for NCAA Zones later this season from the three-meter board during competition at the Bucknell Invitational to earn the Female Diver of the Week nod.
Patriot League Weekly Awards
MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
MAC ANTHONY, NAVY Sr., Allentown, Pa.
Anthony posted his first NCAA B-cut times of the season as Navy took second out of eight schools last week during three days at the Nike Cup in Chapel Hill, N.C. He finished second in the 200-yard freestyle, narrowly missing the B-cut standard with his 1:38.75 clocking in the trials before eclipsing it when he touched the wall in 1:37.48 in the finals. Anthony was also instrumental in helping a pair of Navy relay foursomes post B times. He aided the Mids in collecting a time of 3:00.03 in the 400 free relay and clocking a 6:40.01 in the 800 free relay.
FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
LAURA GORINSKI, NAVY Jr., Greensburg, Pa.
Gorinski joined Anthony in posting an NCAA B-cut time when she clocked a 2:13.82 in the 200-yard breaststroke at the Nike Cup to finish fourth in the event. She took third in the event’s preliminary swim with a 2:14.77 and improved upon that time in the finals. She also swam the 200 IM and took fifth with a time of 2:02.15, the third fastest in Navy history, and sixth in the 400 IM in 4:22.28, which is tied for the second fastest in Academy annals. Gorinski helped the Mids posted a fourth-place finish in the 200 medley relay and place sixth in the 400 medley relay.
MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
CHRIS NGUYEN, ARMY Jr., Cheshire, Conn.
Nguyen was busy last week, competing at the Galbraith Diving Invitational at Rutgers and participating in the Black Knights’ dual meet at Columbia. His best showings came from the three-meter board, when he scored 322.15 to win the event at Rutgers and adding another first-place showing with 317.70 points against the Lions. Nguyen took second in the one-meter dive at Columbia with 292.12 points and finished fourth from the board with 252.00 points at the Galbraith.
FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
KATIE HETHERINGTON, BUCKNELL Fr., Houston, Texas
Hetherington qualified for NCAA Zones later this season when she won the three-meter dive at the Bucknell Invitational with a score of 285.05, eclipsing the cut by 5.05 points. That tally broke the Bison record by 24.57 points set three years ago by Allison FitzPatrick. Hetherington scored her best point total of the season in the one-meter competition with 257.45 to take second. Through four collegiate meets, Hetherington now owns school records in both the one- and three-meter dives.
MIKE NICHOLSON, BUCKNELL So., Chappaqua, N.Y.
Nicholson clocked an NCAA B-cut time of 3:53.73 to win the 400 IM at the Bucknell Invitational, one of his three individual victories and four overall wins during the three-day meet in Lewisburg, Pa.
ALISSA LEUNG, LEHIGH Fr., Garden City, N.Y.
Leung won the 100 and 200 backs along with the 200 IM and was part of a first-place 400 medley relay showing as Lehigh defeated rival Lafayette for the fourth straight year. Her 58.08 clocking in the 100 back was .01 seconds shy of a school record.
ARIELLE BLUMENTHAL, LAFAYETTE Jr., Deerfield, Ill.
Blumenthal swept the one- and three-meter dives in the dual vs. Lehigh, taking first in the one-meter with 211.87 points and winning the three-meter with 228.45 points.
CONNOR STYLES, LEHIGH Sr., Chappaqua, N.Y.
Styles swept the one- and three-meter dives against Lafayette, posting 289.71 points in the one-meter and 309.00 from the three-meter board.