Dec. 6, 2010
Center Valley, Pa. -- The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for Nov. 23-Dec. 5 in swimming and diving and indoor track and field Monday.
In swimming and diving, Navy's Laura Gorinski had a spectacular week, posting six NCAA B-Cut times en route to being named the Female Swimmer of the Week. Bucknell won two of four weekly awards with Matthew Segar being named the Male Swimmer of the Week and Morgan Popple being named the Female Diver of the Week. Army's Chris Nguyen was selected as the Male Diver of the Week.
Six of eight schools opened their 2010-11 indoor track and field seasons last week with several unscored events. Lehigh won four of six weekly awards and Bucknell had two athletes post IC4A qualifying times. The Bison's Robert Arent was named the Male Track Athlete of the Week with his IC4A time in the 60-meter hurdles, and American's Erin Koch was named the Female Track Athlete of the Week. Lehigh swept the field and rookie awards with Stephen Tutunjian being named the Male Field Athlete of the Week and E'Lana Lemon selected as the Female Field Athlete of the Week. Ryan Paquin and Brooke Astor were named the rookies of the week.
Patriot League Swimming and Diving Weekly Awards
Male Swimmer of the Week
MATTHEW SEGAR, BUCKNELL Jr., Carmel, Ind.
Segar was the only Bison to record multiple individual wins Saturday in Bucknell's meet against La Salle. He finished first in the 200 free with a season-best time of 1:40.64, winning by 4.08 seconds, and captured the 500 free with a clocking of 4:41.23. He was also part of Bucknell's second-place 400 free relay quartet, racing the first leg in 47.23.
Female Swimmer of the Week
LAURA GORINSKI, NAVY So., Greensburg, Pa.
Gorinski posted a total of six NCAA B-cut times in Columbus, Ohio over the weekend at the U.S. Short Course Nationals and Long Course Invitational and qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke events. During the long course portion in a 50-meter pool, she took second place in both the 100- and 200-meter breast events, posting times of 1:11.55 and 2:32.20, respectively, to earn her spot at the Olympic trials. During the short course event, she finished 12th in the 100 breast in 1:01.13, which broke her own Navy record and eclipsed the NCAA B-cut standard by over 1.5 seconds. She clocked a 2:12.40 in the 200 breast to capture 13th, surpassing the B-cut time by almost four seconds and improving on her own Academy and Patriot League record of 2:13.09 in the event.
Male Diver of the Week
CHRIS NGUYEN, ARMY So., Cheshire, Conn.
Nguyen competed at the "Big Al" Open at Princeton over the weekend and earned a third-place finish from the 1-meter board with 302.15 points. It was his personal best from that height, and he was just 0.8 points behind the second-place finisher Colin Bell of Florida. Nguyen also took ninth from the 3-meter board with a score of 270.25.
Female Diver of the Week
MORGAN POPPLE, BUCKNELL Jr., Bear Creek, Pa.
Popple netted a career-best 242.78 from the 1-meter board to capture second and posted her second-highest score from the 3-meter at 209.10 to help the Bison defeat La Salle 198-102 over the weekend in Lewisburg. Popple improved her personal best from the 1-meter by 20 points.
LIA KUNNAPAS, COLGATE So., Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.
Kunnapas took second in the 200 back and third in the 100 back to help Colgate finish third at the Total Performance December Invite at Kenyon College over the weekend. She finished in 57.31 in the 100 race and clocked a 2:03.41 in the 200 back. She also helped the Raiders take fourth in the 400 IM relay.
ELIZABETH PORCELLIO, BUCKNELL So., Fairport, N.Y.
Porcellio won the 100 breast, 200 breast and 200 IM races and swam the second leg of Bucknell's winning 400 free relay foursome in the Bison's win over La Salle on Saturday. She was one of two team members to win three individual events. Her winning time of 2:08.76 in the 200 IM was 5.75 seconds ahead of second place.
DORY ISAACS, AMERICAN Sr., San Jose, Calif.
Isaacs posted season-best times in the 50 free, 100 breast and 200 IM at the U.S. Short Course Nationals in Columbus, Ohio over the weekend. She tallied a 1:04.69 in the 100 breast, missing an NCAA B-cut time by 1.71 seconds.
Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Weekly Awards
Male Track Athlete of the Week
ROBERT ARENT, BUCKNELL Jr., New Providence, N.J.
Arent posted an IC4A time in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.21 seconds. It also was good enough to place second at the Bison Opener. Arent's time ranked second all-time at Bucknell. He helped the 1,600 relay team finish first and he ran the 400 in 49.53 seconds to place first.
Female Track Athlete of the Week
ERIN KOCH, AMERICAN Sr., Perkasie, Pa.
Koch placed first in the 800-meter run at the Navy Lid-Lifter, finishing in a time of 2:14.56, just 0.12 seconds short of the ECAC qualifying time. It was the second-fastest time in school history and it bested her prior personal record of 2:21.54.
Male Field Athlete of the Week
STEPHEN TUTUNJIAN, LEHIGH Jr., Shrewsbury, Mass.
Tutunjian won two events for the Mountain Hawks at the Lehigh Valley Season Opener, which included an IC4A mark of 14.77 meters in the triple jump. He also finished first in the long jump with a mark of 6.93 meters.
Female Field Athlete of the Week
E'LANA LEMON, LEHIGH So., West Orange, N.J.
Lemon competed in two events at the Lehigh Valley Season Opener, placing first in the weight throw of 15.52 meters, just 0.08 meters shy of an ECAC mark. She also placed 13th in the shot put with a distance of 8.94 meters.
Male Rookie of the Week
RYAN PAQUIN, LEHIGH Fr., Orlando, Fla.
Paquin won the heptathlon at the Lehigh Valley Season Opener, his first collegiate meet. He won three of seven events and placed third twice and fourth twice to earn 4,533 points. He won the heptathlon by 48 points.
Female Rookie of the Week
BROOKE ASTOR, LEHIGH Fr., Spotswood, N.J.
Astor placed first in four of five events to win the pentathlon at the Lehigh Valley Season Opener with 3,022 points.
ALYSHA HOOPER, BUCKNELL Jr., Meaford, Ontario.
Hooper placed first in the 5,000-meter run at the Bison Opener, finishing in 17:50.41, which was about 13 seconds short of the ECAC qualifying time (17:33.64).
QUINTEN MARCOTT, BUCKNELL So., Wayland, Mich.
Marcott posted an IC4A qualifying mark in the shot put with a mark of 15.62 meters. The performance, which ranked third in Bucknell history, was good enough for first place at the Bison Opener.
ANDREW HANKO, NAVY Sr., Montville, N.J.
Hanko posted an IC4A qualifying mark in the 5,000-meter run (14:29.37) at the Navy Invitational. He finished 18 seconds faster than the qualifying time.
AMANDA PHELPS, NAVY Jr., Oceanside, Calif.
Phelps posted an ECAC qualifying mark in the 20-pound weight throw at the Navy Lid-Lifter with a toss of 17.12 meters. It was the second-best throw in Navy history.