Nov. 19, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Navy's Laura Gorinski (Sr., Greensburg, Pa.) and Ben Bondurant (Sr., Atlanta, Ga.) were selected Monday as this week's recipients of the Patriot League Swimmer-of-the-Week Awards. The duo garnered their respective accolade based upon their performances during the Nike Cup that was held Nov. 15-17 in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Gorinski attained an NCAA `B' cut qualifying time in winning the 200 breaststroke final at the meet. Her time of 2:13.56 was more than four seconds clear of her the second-place swimmer in the final and was over two seconds under the `B' cut standard of 2:15.99. She also won the 100 breaststroke, placed second in the 200 individual medley and third in the 400 individual medley events. Her time of 4:22.52 in the 400 IM ranks second in Navy history to her own record of 4:20.80.
Additionally, Gorinski was part of Navy relay teams that finished in third (200 medley) and fourth (400 freestyle) places at the meet. Her time of 29.04 in the breaststroke leg of the 200 medley relay was the fastest of any breaststroke swimmer in the field.
Bondurant also left Chapel Hill with not only an individual NCAA `B' cut time, but also after having been part of two relay foursomes that attained `B' cut times. Individually, Bondurant won the 200 butterfly final with a time of 1:47.51, which was nearly one-half of a second under the NCAA standard of 1:47.99. He also placed second in the 200 individual medley, third in the 100 fly and 12th in the 100 backstroke.
The relay teams Bondurant was a member of also had strong meets as the 400 freestyle and 800 freestyle relay teams placed fourth and tied for second, respectively. The former squad posted a time of 3:00.88, a little more than one-half of a second under the NCAA requirement (3:01.49) and the latter team recorded a time of 6:35.88, which was more than seven seconds faster than what was required (6:42.99) by the NCAA for a `B' cut.
Gorinski has now received the weekly nod from the Patriot League three times this season and 14 times in her career. This week's honor is the first of Bondurant's career.
Both Navy teams will next take to the water for a competition on Dec. 6 when they face Army at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Philadelphia.