Dec. 12, 2011
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Members of the Navy swimming and diving teams combined to garner three weekly awards from the Patriot League on Monday. Laura Gorinski (Jr., Greensburg, Pa.) and Mac Anthony (Sr., Allentown, Pa.) were selected as the league's swimmers of the week, while Courtney Vandament (Sr., Coppell, Texas) received the women's diver-of-the-week laurel.
The Mids earned their respective nods based upon their performances during Navy's sweep of Army last week in West Point. The Navy men's team recorded a 186-114 win over Army, while the women's team tallied a 223.5-76.5 victory over the Black Knights.
Gorinski put together an impressive performance against Army. Her evening began by swimming the breaststroke leg on Navy's victorious 200 medley relay team. The foursome of Mids posted a time of 1:41.71 to win the event by 3.6 seconds. Gorinski's time of 28.05 in the breaststroke leg of the relay race was the fastest for the stroke by 1.14 seconds. Her first individual event of the meet saw her tally a time of 1:00.72 in the 100 breaststroke to win the event by 5.19 seconds. Gorinski would next record a 10.40-second margin of victory in winning the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:11.10. She completed her night by posting a time of 2:00.33 to win the 200 individual medley race by 8.55 seconds.
In addition to recording four wins during the meet, each of her four efforts set new Army-Navy meet records, Navy school records, Crandall Pool records and were NCAA `B' cut qualifying times. She also established new Patriot League records in each of her individual events, with the relay team missing the league standard by just one-half of a second.
Gorinski is one of five Navy swimmers and seven swimmers in all to have won three individual events during a single Army-Navy meet multiple times in a career. She previously won both breaststroke events and the 200 IM -- plus the 200 medley relay -- during the 2010 meet against the Black Knights. Gorinski was unable to compete in the Army-Navy meet as a freshman due to an injury.
Anthony had a hand in three of Navy's 11 event victories against the Black Knights. He first won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:37.20, then posted a clocking of 4:29.48 to win the 500 freestyle race. His 200 free time won him the race by 1.76 seconds, while he enjoyed a 5.77-second margin of victory in the 500 free. He would close out the meet by helping the Mids win the 400 freestyle relay by 1.55 seconds with a time of 3:01.57. His anchor leg time of 44.42 was the fastest of any swimmer in the race by 1.23 seconds.
Anthony totaled seven individual event victories during Army-Navy meets in his career, a tally that left him one win away from tying the series record. Additionally, Anthony was a perfect 4-0 against the Black Knights in both the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay.
Vandament closed out her Army-Navy career by sweeping both boards against the Black Knights. She posted a score of 261.07 to win the one meter by 29.85 points and accrued 268.95 points to win the three meter by 41.32 points. The two wins were the first of her Army-Navy career.
Both Navy teams are now off from competition until early January.