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Navy Claims Three Weekly Swimming & Diving Awards

Julie Jesse

Dec. 10, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Members of the Navy swimming and diving programs received a trio of awards from the Patriot League office on Monday. Ben Bondurant (Sr., Atlanta, Ga.) and Laura Gorinski (Sr., Greensburg, Pa.) were selected as the league's swimmers of the week, while Julie Jesse (Fr., Goshen, Ind.) was named as the top women's diver in the league for the past week.

The trio garnered their respective awards for their performances during Navy's sweep of Army on Dec. 6.

Bondurant earned his second award of the season Monday. He began the Army-Navy meet by helping the Mids win the 200 medley relay race. His time in the butterfly portion of the event ranked second among all flyers in the race. Bondurant then chased down Army's Ayman Andrews in the 200 fly event. Andrews led Bondurant by 1.29 second heading into the final 50 yards of the race, but Bondurant bettered Andrews by 1.87 seconds over the last full lap to win by nearly seven-tenths of a second and with an NCAA B cut time of 1:47.02.

Ayman would defeat Bondurant's time of 49.06 in the 100 fly by over six-tenths of a second, but Bondurant would go on to win the 200 individual medley race by over two seconds with his time of 1:51.04.

Gorinski would win each of her four races against Army to end her career with a perfect 12-0 record against the Black Knights, including a series record-tying nine career individual event victories. She is one of two swimmers in series history to have won a trio of individual events in a single meet three times. Gorinski did not compete against Army as a freshman due to her being injured at the time of the meet.

Like Bondurant, Gorinski's final Army-Navy meet began with her helping the Mids win the 200 medley relay. Her clocking of 28.17 was the best time posted by any breaststroke swimmer in the race by 1.82 seconds. Gorinski would follow up that performance by winning the 200 breaststroke (2:14.12) by over three seconds, the 100 breaststroke (1:01.94) by over one second and the 200 individual medley (2:02.58) by just over 1.5 seconds.



Both of her breaststroke times were NCAA B cut qualifying times, and the performance by the 200 medley relay team she was a member of just missed the NCAA's secondary standard by three-hundredths of a second.

Gorinski's award this week gives her four on the season and raises her career total to 15. That leaves her one nod shy of tying the league record of 16 that is currently held by former Navy swimmer Tara Chapmon.

Jesse would post a score of 221.10 to win the one-meter competition against the Black Knights by 5.90 points. She then placed second on the three meter by 12.60 points with her score of 223.25.

The win on the one-meter board marked her first victory of the season on either board, while her two scores on the day were the first time this fall she surpassed 200 points on either board.

Both Navy teams are now off from competition for several weeks. The men's team will resume its slate of meets Jan. 5 at Princeton, while the women's team will return to the pool for a meet Jan. 12 when both Navy teams will play host to North Carolina.

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