Navy Men Claim ECAC Swim Crown; Women Finish Sixth
ECAC Co-Swimmer of the Year Will Norton
Feb. 28, 2010
PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- One week after winning the program's seventh consecutive Patriot League title, the Navy men's swimming team captured its second straight ECAC Championship Sunday evening. The Mids totaled 673.5 points over the three-day meet that was contested at Trees Pool on the University of Pittsburgh campus.
Finishing in second place at the 21-team championship was Harvard with 530.5 points.
Despite not sending a full complement of swimmers to the meet, the Navy women's team ended the championship in a respectable sixth place with 259 points. Winning the 24-team women's meet was Marist with 530.5 points.
"We had our best day of the meet on Sunday," said Navy men's swimming head coach Bill Roberts, who garnered ECAC Coach-of-the-Year honors. "The guys swam well this morning, but came back tonight with an even better effort.
"This was an exciting meet to be a part of. There was great racing between all of the men's and women's teams that competed here. It was a lot of fun."
The opening men's event of the night was the 1650 freestyle and the Mids placed three of its swimmers among the top-six finishers. John Ojard's (Fr., Ellicott City, Md.) time of 15:38.39 allowed him to edge teammate William Norton (So., Tyler, Texas) for the victory by just over one-half of a second (15:38.93). Following in sixth place for Navy was Adam Calloway (Jr., Fredericksburg, Va.) with a time of 16:25.26.
Norton would be tabbed as the co-swimmer of the meet.
A pair of Mids advanced to the championship final in each of the next two events. Drew Mays (So., Southlake, Texas) placed second (1:50.32) and Ryan Ward (Jr., Prospect, Ky.) placed sixth (1:52.80) in the 200 backstroke before K.C. Linn (So., Newhall, Calif.) finished in third place (46.28) and Ryan Stumpf (Jr., Palm Harbor, Fla.) recorded a seventh-place showing (46.71) in the 100 freestyle.
The ensuing event saw Matthew Harmon's (Jr., Cumberland, Md.) seventh-place finish (2:06.36) in the 200 breaststroke make him Navy's top swimmer in the event.
While Harmon was the lone Mid to advance to the championship final of the 200 breast, a trio of Mids qualified for championship final of the 200 butterfly. Jesse Cohen (Jr., Mountain Lakes, N.J.) led all swimmers in the race as he posted a time of 1:48.19 to win the event. Joining him in the final were teammates Ben Bondurant (Fr., Atlanta, Ga.) and Charlie Hetzel (So., Weddington, N.C.), who placed third (1:50.94) and eighth (1:52.33), respectively.
The Navy men's team closed out the championship by finishing seven-tenths of a second in back of Harvard in the 400 freestyle relay. Navy's foursome of Linn, Blazuk, Bagent and Stumpf posted a time of 3:03.80 to finish second in the race behind the Crimson.
Highlighting the performance of the Navy women's team Sunday were Laura Gorinski (Fr., Greensburg, Pa.) and Toni Paruso (Fr., Savannah, Ga.). Gorinski recorded a time of 2:15.41 to win the championship final of the 200 breaststroke. Paruso, meanwhile, qualified 12th in the trial heats of the 200 butterfly, which relegated her to the consolation final of the event. She would post a time of 2:01.99 that not only won her the race and bettered the time posted by all but one swimmer who competed in the championship final, it also broke the Navy record of 2:02.77 set by Kelly Zahalka three years ago.
The additional members of the Navy women's team to score points for the Mids on Sunday were Sarah Lindberg (So., Phoenix, Ariz.) and Natalie Albertson (Jr., St. Paul, Minn.), who placed 13th and 15th in the 200 backstroke, Danielle Reminger (Fr., Wheaton, Ill.), who finished in 16th place in the 100 freestyle, and Cate Sheerin (Jr., College Park, Md.) and Sarah Freshwater (So., Mount Vernon, Ohio), who placed 15th and 16th in the 200 fly.
The final event of the meet for the women saw the team of Hollis Capuano (Fr., Wallingford, Conn.), Reminger, Gorinski and Kalea Middendorf (Sr., Aurora, Ill.) post a time of 3:31.26 to place sixth in the 400 freestyle relay.
Women - 16. Danielle Reminger, 53.37
Men - 3. K.C. Linn, 46.28; 7. Ryan Stumpf, 46.71; 9. Sean Bagent, 46.36; 12. Andrew Blazuk, 46.82; 14. Jon Tortorich, 47.23; 15. Robbie Parker, 47.24
Women - 9. Toni Paruso, 2:01.99 (Navy record); 15. Cate Sheerin, 2:08.38; 16. Sarah Freshwater, 2:09.87
Men - 1. Jesse Cohen, 1:48.19; 3. Ben Bondurant, 1:50.94; 8. Charlie Hetzel, 1:52.33
Women - 1. Marist, 503.5; 2. Harvard, 492; 3. Rider, 391.5; 4. Colgate, 366; 5. Pittsburgh, 308.5; 6. Navy, 259; 7. Towson, 230.5; 8. Central Connecticut State, 227; 9. Penn, 149; 10. Loyola, 141
Men - 1. Navy, 673.5; 2. Harvard, 530.5; 3. Rider, 477; 4. Loyola, 275; 5. Saint Peter's, 261; 6. Bucknell, 246; 7. Marist, 238; 8. Columbia, 215; 9. Pittsburgh, 174; 10. Penn, 131