Nov. 21, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Navy continued its typically strong performance at last weekend’s Nike Cup, picking up a handful of NCAA B cut times just days before the Thanksgiving holiday.
Senior Ben Bondurant was named the Patriot League Male Swimmer of the Week Monday after surpassing the B cut on his own in the 200 fly and being part of two Navy relays that clocked faster than B qualifiers.
Navy’s Laura Gorinski, last year’s Female Swimmer of the Championship Meet and the reigning Scholar-Athlete of the Year, posted a B-cut time in the 200 breast. She was named the Female Swimmer of the Week.
There were plenty of other strong showings during what was a very busy weekend for League teams. Bucknell junior Mike Nicholson logged two individual wins and four top-three showings overall as the Bison finished third at their own invitational in Lewisburg, Pa. He narrowly missed the NCAA B-cut qualifiers in three events.
Lehigh’s Emily DiDonato won two individual races to lead the Mountain Hawks to a 169-125 win over Lafayette in the programs’ annual meeting the day before their rivalry plays out on the football gridiron. Demetri Karedis led the Lehigh men to a victory over the Leopards, 172-126.
American and Holy Cross were also in action last weekend at the Patriot Invitational and Terrier Invitational, respectively. Army settled for a split the weekend, with the men falling to Columbia and the women defeating LIU Post. Senior Chris Nguyen continued his dominance of the boards and captured another Male Diver of the Week honor.
Patriot League Swimming and Diving Quick Hits
• Navy freshman Thomas Duvall teamed up with Bondurant on the Mids’ 800 free relay that hit the B cut, while attaining his own B time in the 1,650 freestyle (15:21.12), touching the wall nine seconds faster than the standard.
• Navy’s Jonathan Debaugh finished second to Bondurant in the 200 fly, but his 1:47.67 time was also an NCAA B cut time.
• Army’s Chris Szekely logged three top-three finishes in Army’s loss to Columbia, including a win in the 200 free (1:41.29).
• Freshman Molly Mucciarone posted the fifth-fastest time in Army history (23.86) in her win in the 50 free versus LIU Post. Her winning time in the 100 free (52.10) is fourth in West Point annals.
• Brian Power logged the Crusaders’ top finishes as Holy Cross competed in the Terrier Invitational hosted by Boston University. His best showing came in the 200 breast, where he finished 11th in 2:13.47.
• American’s Matt Wurm paced the Eagles at the Patriot Invitational last weekend. He took second in the 500 free (4:38.79), third in the 100 back (51.44) and fourth in the 200 free (1:41.94).
• The schedule breaks briefly for Thanksgiving, but another busy weekend awaits. It’s highlighted with trips by American, Colgate and Lehigh to the U.S. Nationals in Austin, Texas, beginning Nov. 29.
• Lafayette and Navy are the only two not scheduled for competition the weekend of Nov. 30-Dec. 2. The Leopards are idle until a League tri-meet in January, while the Mids prepare for their Dec. 6 meet with Army.
Patriot League Weekly Awards
MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
BEN BONDURANT, NAVY Sr., Atlanta, Ga.
Bondurant achieved an NCAA B cut during the Mids’ competition at the Nike Cup over the weekend with a winning time of 1:47.51 in the 200 fly on Saturday. In addition, he was also part of a pair of Navy relay teams to surpass B cut qualifiers, including in the 400 and 800 freestyles. Bondurant also grabbed second in the 200 IM (1:50.70), third in the 100 fly (49.59) and fourth in the consolation swim of the 100 back (51.31). Navy placed third out of six overall.
FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
LAURA GORINSKI, NAVY Sr., Greensburg, Pa.
Like Bondurant, Gorinski surpassed the NCAA B cut qualifier, this time in the 200 breast, one of her signature events. She crashed through the B cut time by nearly 2.5 seconds, taking first by 4.5 seconds with a time of 2:13.56. Gorinski added a first-place finish in the 100 breast with a time of 1:02.92, about a half-second shy of the B cut. She also took second in the 200 IM (2:03.11) and third in the 400 IM (4:22.52), and swam as part of three relays as the Mids took fourth at the Nike Cup.
MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
CHRIS NGUYEN, ARMY Sr., Cheshire, Conn.
Nguyen captures his fourth weekly honor of the season after combining for three wins in competition last week for the Black Knights. He picked up a pair of first-place showings at the Frank Elm Invitational in Piscataway, N.J., with wins from the three-meter board (344.60 points) and the platform (246.40). He finished third from the one-meter with 271.70 points. But he wasn’t done there from the one-meter board, as he took first in Army’s meet against Columbia with 315.82 points. Nguyen is three why of Navy’s Kevin Teague, who owns the League record with seven weekly honors in 2005-06.
FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
KATIE HETHERINGTON, BUCKNELL So., Houston, Texas
Hetherington posted a pair of top-three dives at the Bucknell Invitational. She finished in second from the three-meter board with 255.15 points, which was a 20-point improvement over her preliminary effort. She added a third-place finish in the one-meter competition with 238.25 points, also an improved score from her trial dive.
CHRIS SZEKELY, ARMY Fr., Doylestown, Pa.
Szekely won the 200 free in Army’s dual meet against Columbia, while hitting the wall second in the 200 free and third in the 500 free.
MIKE NICHOLSON, BUCKNELL Jr., Chappaqua, N.Y.
Nicholson narrowly missed out on hitting NCAA B cuts in the 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 breast as Bucknell finished third at the Bucknell Invitational over the weekend. He accounted for two of the Bison’s three wins at the event.
ELIZABETH PORCELLIO, BUCKNELL Sr., Fairport, N.Y.
Porcellio swept the 200 IM and 400 IM events, including setting a personal best in the latter (4:25.08).
EMILY DiDONATO, LEHIGH Sr., Massapequa, N.Y.
DiDonato won a pair of individual events and was part of Lehigh’s victorious 400 medley relay in Friday’s 169-125 victory over Lafayette.