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Navy Teams Remain in Front at League Swimming & Diving Meet

Ben Bondurant

Ben Bondurant

Feb. 22, 2013

LEWISBURG, Pa. - The Navy swimming and diving team's combined to win 10 events on the day to keep both teams ahead of the field in the respective standings Friday at the Patriot League Championship being held at Kinney Natatorium in Lewisburg, Pa. With one day of competition remaining, the Navy women's team (534 points) holds an 89-point edge on second-place Colgate, while the Navy men (655) lead second-place Army by 219 points.

"Today was fun," said Navy men's swimming head coach Bill Roberts. "I think it was one of the best Friday morning sessions we have had at the championship. That set us up to have a huge night tonight, and the guys came back this evening and found little ways to better what they had done this morning. It is a great credit to them.

"We're going at it Saturday as if we have zero points. We know this is a once a year opportunity to put up some great times and we are going after them."

"We are in a good position," said Navy women's swimming head coach John Morrison, who saw his team expand its lead from 56 points after the end of the first day of the meet. "We are pleased to be with where we are at. This was the best second day, in terms of times posted by all of our swimmers, in my time here. Pretty much everyone is near or at their best times, and they all improved from Thursday.

"Our best day of the meet will be Saturday."

Thursday's opening day of the championship concluded with Navy sweeping the 400 medley relay titles. Day two began with the Mids sweeping the 200 medley relay crowns.

In the women's race, the foursome of Kellie Darmody, Laura Gorinski, Toni Paruso and Emily Brown combined to post a time of 1:42.19 to win the event over a second-place Bucknell team by over one second (1:43.31). Then in the men's edition of the race, Navy's team of Brendan Walsh, Sean Murphy, Ben Bondurant and Robbie Parker tallied a time of 1:28.63 to win the race over Army's second-place clocking of 1:30.39.

 

 

The lone member of the Navy women's team to advance into the championship final of the 400 individual medley race -- only two Mids competed in the morning trial heats of the event -- was Colleen Randolph. She placed seventh in the final with a time of 4:29.84

The trial heats of the men's 400 IM saw Justin Vagts break the Navy, Patriot League, league meet and pool record by posting a time of 3:49.76. He bettered the previous standard of 3:51.24 set by Erik Hunter four years ago. Vagts, who won the title in the 400 IM as a freshman and junior and placed second as a sophomore, then lowered his hours-old record even more as he touched the wall with a time of 3:49.75 to win the final by over one and one-half seconds (3:41.31) over Bucknell's Mike Nicholson.

Joining Vagts in the championship final was Navy's Alex Nickell, who placed fifth with a time of 3:58.29.

After having just one swimmer compete tonight in the 400 IM -- which shrunk Navy's lead down to 27 points over Bucknell and 35 points over Colgate -- three Mids qualified for the championship final of the women's 100 butterfly. Pacing all swimmers in the morning heats was the 2010 and 2012 league champion Toni Paruso. She would run her career victory total in the event to three with a winning time of 53.93 this evening. She would win the race by almost one second (54.88) over Army's Molly Mucciarone, with Navy's Rheanna Vaughn finishing in third place with a time of 55.49. Additionally, Zoe Macfarlane placed seventh for Navy in a time of 57.01.

Those results allowed the Mids to expand their lead over second-place Colgate to 59 points and over third-place Bucknell to 72 points.

Bondurant left Kinney Natatorium Thursday night with his third career gold medal in the 200 individual medley, and entered Friday's championship final of the 100 fly as the second-seeded swimmer in the race. He emerged from the pool with career victory number four as he won the 100 fly in a time of 48.10. Army swimmers placed second (48.62) and third (48.63), with Navy's Jonathan DeBaugh finishing in fourth place (48.78), Walsh placing fifth (49.34) and Parker finishing in sixth place (49.57).

A trio of Mids qualified for the championship final of the women's 200 freestyle event. Maddie Thompson was Navy's top finisher in the final as she placed fifth with a time of 1:50.60. Danielle Reminger touched immediately after Thompson did (1:50.61), with Ange Sawick placing seventh (1:51.63).

Navy advanced four members of its men's team into the final of the 200 free, with Mids claiming the top-three spots in the event. Hugh Davison, the runner-up at the 2012 championship to recent Navy graduate Mac Anthony, posted a time of 1:37.01 to win the race by two-tenths of a second over Riley Mita. Rounding out the trio was Tom Duvall, who completed the race in a time of 1:37.56, while fellow Mid Danny Quinn finished seventh (1:40.45).

History was made by Gorinski in the finals of the women's 100 breaststroke. She first would post a time of 1:01.57 in the morning trial heats to best the rest of the field by nearly three seconds and give her a great chance at winning the final for the fourth-straight year. Gorinski made it a perfect sweep of the event for her career this evening as she tallied a time of 1:02.59 to finish almost one full second in front of teammate Ellen Bradford (1:03.48) who finished in second place. Also for the Mids, Katie Young finished in sixth place in a time of 1:05.69.

The victory was the 19th overall title won by Gorinski in her career. That tally breaks the Patriot League record of 18, which was set by Colgate's Emily Murphy. It also gave her 10 career individual event crowns, which ties the league record of 10 set by Navy's Tara Chapmon. She will swim in the 200 breaststroke Saturday.

"Laura has had a storied career," said Morrison. "She will leave as the most decorated swimmer in league history. She has one day left at this championship, and I know she will be leading our team during it from the front."

Just as in the men's 200 free final, the top-three finishers in the men's 100 breaststroke were members of the Navy team. Ben Grove and Murphy tied for the top seed in the morning trial heats with a Navy and Patriot League-meet record time of 54.63. Those two would finish 1-2 in the finals with Grove edging Murphy for the victory. Grove lowered the standards even more with a winning time of 54.45, while Murphy just barely missed equaling his morning swim with a time of 54.66. Placing third in the final was Luke Hoffer (55.14).

Navy's women's team also placed three swimmers in the championship final of the 100 backstroke. Macfarlane would lead the three Mids with a fourth-place finish in a time of 56.24. Lauren Baguley finished in fifth place three-tenths of a second behind Macfarlane, with Darmody placing sixth with a time of 56.65.

The Navy men's team matched the women's team in terms of the number of swimmers who advanced to the championship final of its 100 backstroke. Walsh posted a time of 48.71 to win the race and barely edge Joseph Stark's second-place clocking of 48.76. Teammate Conor Campbell would finish in fourth place with a time of 49.77.

The evening ended for the women's portion of the meet with Colgate edging Navy for the win in the 800 freestyle relay. The Raiders posted a time of 7:23.27 to just defeat Navy's -- Reminger, Thompson, Sawick and Gorinski's -- clocking of 7:23.91.

While the women's 800 free relay was a close one, Navy left no doubt as to which team would emerge as the winner of men's version of the race. The Mids jumped out in front right at the start of the race and their foursome recorded a six-second victory over a second-place Army team. Winning the title for Navy with a time of 6:34.70 was Quinn, Mita, Duvall and Davison.

Women's Standings
1. 534 Navy
2. 445 Colgate
3. 421 Bucknell
4. 360 Army
5. 210 Lehigh
6. 126 Lafayette
7. 94 Holy Cross
8. 72 American

Men's Standings
1. 655 Navy
2. 436 Army
3. 359.5 Bucknell
4. 275.5 Lehigh
5. 181 American
6. 145 Colgate
7. 120 Lafayette
8. 99 Holy Cross

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