Dec. 14, 2011
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — There was only one meet on the Patriot League swimming and diving schedule last week, but it was one that always generates interest and attention. Navy continued its dominance of the annual Star Meet, capturing a 186-114 victory on the men’s side and defeating Army 226.5-73.5 in the women’s meet. The women extended their winning streak over the Black Knights to 23 straight years, setting a new all-sport record for the longest winning streak by a team in the Army-Navy series, surpassing the previous standard of 22 consecutive wins by the Navy men’s tennis team from 1971-92. The Mids posted their 21st straight win over their rivals on the men’s side, winning 11 of the 14 swimming events.
Patriot League Swimming and Diving Release - 12.14.11
There were several record-breaking performances during the meet, with the Midshipmen setting 10 meet marks, three Patriot League records, seven Academy marks and eight Crandall Pool records. Five NCAA B-cut times were posted on the women’s end, while one was collected during the men’s meet.
The Army-Navy meet was the last competition scheduled for the 2011 calendar year. As is typical this time of year, the eight Patriot League schools are breaking for final exams to finish off the fall semester and then head home for the holiday season.
The schedule picks up right after New Year’s Day, as Army heads to a much warmer climate to participate in the San Juan Invitational in Puerto Rico Jan. 3. Lafayette will also head south - but not quite as far - when the Leopards go to Plantation, Fla., for their annual winter training trip Jan. 5.
The meet schedule resumes Jan. 7 to kick off six busy weeks of competition leading up to the 2012 Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships, hosted by Navy in Annapolis, Md. Lehigh hosts Marist with both the men and women competing at 1 p.m., while an hour later the Navy men will host Princeton at Lejeune Hall.
The first meet of 2012 between Patriot League foes will showcase Bucknell and Colgate Wednesday, Jan. 11, in Hamilton, N.Y. The festivities are scheduled to start at 3 p.m. Bucknell and Colgate swimmers recently went up against one another during the Bucknell Invitational the weekend before Thanksgiving.
Lehigh visits Army Friday, Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. to kick off a very busy weekend of swimming and diving action. Navy heads to Penn State Jan. 14 for a dual meet featuring both the men and women, while the latter will also test themselves against Arkansas. American heads to a quad meet at James Madison that also includes Georgetown and VMI. Army will host its second League foe in as many days when Bucknell visits, while Colgate entertains rival Cornell at the Lineberry Natatorium.
Patriot League Weekly Awards
MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
MAC ANTHONY, NAVY Sr., Allentown, Pa.
Mac Anthony ran his career record to 7-0 in individual events during dual competition against Army after posting victories in the 200- and 500-yard freestyles in Thursday’s meet. He posted a time of 1:37.20 to win the 200 free, which won by 1.76 seconds and exceeded the NCAA B-cut mark. Anthony’s time of 4:29.48 in the 500 free was 5.77 seconds faster than the second-place showing. In addition, Anthony swam the fastest anchor leg in aiding the Mids to their win in the 400 free relay (3:01.57). Anthony’s efforts helped Navy post a 186-114 win at Crandall Pool at West Point, N.Y.
FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
LAURA GORINSKI, NAVY Jr., Greensburg, Pa.
Gorinski put forth quite possibly the finest effort thus far in her collegiate career, breaking four meet records, four Crandall Pool marks, four Navy records and three Patriot League marks while surpassing three individual NCAA B-cut times and participating in a relay that exceeded a fourth. She set four records in all three of her individual victories, clocking a 1:00.72 in the 100-yard breast, a 2:11.10 in the 200 breast and a 2:00.33 in the 200 individual medley. She blew away the field in the 200 breast, winning by 10.4 seconds. Her win in the 100 breast was by 5.19 seconds, while she defeated the field in the 200 IM by 8.55 ticks. Finally, she swam the fastest breaststroke leg of the 200 medley relay by 1.14 seconds and helped the Mids set another meet, Academy and Crandall Pool record with a final time of 1:41.71. Gorinski has broken the League record in the 200 breast two years in a row at the Army-Navy meet, while her times in the 100 breast and 200 IM both broke marks set in 2009 by Colgate’s Emily Murphy.
MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
CHRIS NGUYEN, ARMY Jr., Cheshire, Conn.
Nguyen continued his dominance of the boards in 2011-12 with another pair of victories, this time coming during the annual Army-Navy tilt at Crandall Pool at West Point. Nguyen won the one-meter competition and was part of a 1-2-3 finish for the Black Knights in the event. He scored 323.92 points to win by 36 points over teammate Josh Urzenis. Nguyen added the three-meter victory by scoring 299.25 points, edging out Navy’s Ben Freedman by 6.75 points. The double victory by Nguyen marked the first time that an Army male diver has swept both boards against the Mids since 1980.
FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
COURTNEY VANDAMENT, NAVY Sr., Coppell, Texas
What a way to bolster one’s senior season, as Vandament, a senior, collected her first career wins in the Army-Navy meet by sweeping the one- and three-meter dives in the Mids’ 226.5-73.5 victory. Her largest victory came in the three-meter, where she scored 268.95 points and won by 41.32. She completed the sweep by winning the one-meter competition with 261.07 points, clearing the field by nearly 30. In eight outings this season, Vandament has six wins in the three-meter event and five from the one-meter board.
DAN FOKY, ARMY Jr., Charlottesville, Va.
Foky captured the 50 and 100 free events and swam the anchor leg on Army’s 200 medley relay that broke an Academy record with a time of 1:31.42. Foky won the 50 free in 20.81 and the 100 free in 45.61.
ALYSSA TRAN, ARMY Jr., Yorba Linda, Calif.
Tran collected three top-three finishes, including a win in the 50 free in 23.48, in Army’s meet against Navy. Her victory was the only one for the Black Knights in the women’s competition. She added runner-up in the 100 fly and was part of Army’s third-place 200 medley relay.
RITA SNYDER, ARMY So., Rockford, Mich.
Snyder set a personal-best from the three-meter board with 227.63 points to finish second and collected a season-high 201.29 points from the one-meter to capture third during Thursday’s Army-Navy meet at West Point.
Patriot League Notebook
GORINSKI LEADS RECORD BOOK REWRITE
Navy junior Laura Gorinski set three Patriot League records while she and her teammates combined to break 25 others as the Mids rolled to a 226.5-73.5 victory at Army in the annual Star Meet between the Academy Rivals last Thursday. Gorinski set League benchmarks in the 100- and 200-yard breaststrokes (1:00.72 and 2:11.10, respectively), along with the 200 individual medley (2:00.33). She now owns three individual League records, the most of any student-athlete, ahead of Erin McGraw of Colgate and Tara Chapmon of Navy, who have two individual marks apiece. All three of Gorinski’s records are faster than those on the League Championship list, meaning she could be gearing up for a big performance when Navy hosts this season’s meet in February at Lejeune Hall.
SEGAR QUALIFIES FOR OLYMPIC TRIALS
Last year, at just around this time, Navy’s Laura Gorinski competed at the U.S. Short and Long Course National Championships in Columbus, Ohio. During the long course portion of the competition in a 50-meter pool, Gorinski qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke events. Bucknell senior Matthew Segar will join Gorinski at the Olympic Trials after his performance over the weekend at the U.S. Winter Nationals in Atlanta. He qualified for an opportunity to vie for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team after clocking a 1:52.24 in the preliminaries of the 200-meter freestyle, an event in which he eventually placed 29th.
ANOTHER AIMS TO REP HIS COUNTRY
Another Patriot League swimmer who is working toward potentially representing his country in the 2012 Summer Olympics is Colgate senior captain Costas Hadjipateras. Hadjipateras swam in three events recently at the International Meeting at Alexandria in Athens, Greece, where he won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:05.00. Born in New York City and hailing from New Canaan, Conn., Hadjipateras qualified for the European Grand Prix in Munich, Germany in March, while his time in the 200 fly currently seeds him fifth for the Greek Olympic Trials, scheduled for May in Athens.
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.”
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).