Nov. 16, 2012
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Victories by Toni Paruso (Sr., Savannah, Ga.) and Laura Gorinski (Sr., Greensburg, Pa.) and second-place finishes by Sean Murphy (Jr., Hudson, Ohio) and the men's 800 freestyle relay team highlighted Friday's efforts by the Navy swimming and diving programs at the Nike Cup in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Both Navy teams stand in third place in the respective standings after the middle day of the three-day meet being held on the North Carolina campus.
"It was an interesting day for us," said Navy men's swimming head coach Bill Roberts. "We did not have a good morning session. I don't think we took advantage of some of the chances we had to place higher than we did. However, we were ready from the get-go tonight. We raced harder and with a good effort. That was showed in our performances. We dropped time and competed better and swam close to the potential we have."
"We are pleased with our performance this evening," said Navy women's swimming head coach John Morrison. "I think we started a little slow this morning, but across the board tonight we had great times. And it was exciting to see Toni and Laura come away with the victories tonight."
Paruso began Friday's competition by posting the top time in the women's 100 fly during the morning trial heat session with her clocking of 55.12. She then recorded a time of 54.65 in the final of the event at night to make her top seed hold up. North Carolina State's Zina Grogg finished in second place to Paruso during both the morning (55.29) and evening (54.87) sessions.
Gorinski and Northeastern's Julia Alvarez both posted the fastest time in Friday's morning trial heats of the 100 breaststroke. The duo each touched the wall 1:03.94 after starting the race. The two would again have a strong race in the finals of the event. Gorinski would record a time of 1:02.92 to finish in front of Alvarez and her second-place time of 1:03.25.
Murphy ended the morning session of the men's 100 breaststroke competition as the No. 1 seed going into the evening session thanks to his time of 56.43 in the event. He finished just ahead of North Carolina's Ian Bishop and his clocking of 56.68 in the trial heats. The duo would flip placements in the final of the race as Bishop posted a time of 55.65 to better Murphy's effort of 56.43.
Friday night closed with the Navy men's team being edged by North Carolina State by just over one-quarter of a second for the victory in the 800 freestyle relay. The Navy foursome of Ben Bondurant (Sr., Atlanta, Ga.), Hugh Davison (Jr., Towson, Md.), Thomas Duvall (Fr., Durham, N.H.) and Zach Ingold (Jr., Hornell, N.Y.) produced a time of 6:35.38, while the Wolf Pack's team won the race with a time of 6:35.12.
Additional strong placements recorded on the day by the Mids were Gorinski placing third in the 400 individual medley (4:22.52), Bondurant finishing in third place in the 100 fly (59.59), the women's team finishing in third place in the 200 medley relay (1:43.98), Rheanna Vaughn (Jr., Aliso Vejo, Calif.) placing fourth in the 100 fly (55.58) and Kellie Darmody (Sr., Charlotte, N.C.) placing fourth in the 100 backstroke (56.93).
Other Mids to advance to the championship final in an individual event were Jonathan DeBaugh (Fr., Conroe, Texas), fifth place in the 100 fly (50.03); Luke Hoffer (Jr., Chapel Hill, N.C.), sixth pace in the 100 breaststroke (57.72); Ben Grove (Jr., Charlotte, N.C.), seventh place in the 100 breaststroke (57.80); and Paruso, seventh place in the 100 backstroke (58.58).
The Mids will close out competition at the Nike Cup Saturday.
633 - North Carolina State
478.5 - East Carolina
467.5 - Navy
450 - North Carolina
255 - Old Dominion
249 - Northeastern
34 - James Madison
15 - Duke
854.5 - North Carolina State
536 - North Carolina
479.5 - Navy
344 - East Carolina
304 - Old Dominion
49 - Duke