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Navy Duo Earns National Swimming Honors

Ben Bondurant

Dec. 12, 2012

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Navy's Laura Gorinski (Sr., Greensburg, Pa.) and Ben Bondurant (Sr., Atlanta, Ga.) have been named as the National Division I Swimmers of the Week for the week ending on Dec. 9.

Both Gorinski and Bondurant earned their respective honor for their performances during victories by the Navy swimming and diving teams over Army on Dec. 6.

The national recognition for Gorinski and Bondurant comes on the heels of the duo receiving swimmer-of-the-week accolades from the Patriot League on Monday.

Gorinski posted four victories on the day to complete her career with a perfect 12-0 record in events contested during Army-Navy meets. She was a member of Navy's victorious 200 medley relay team before winning both breaststroke events and the 200 individual medley race. The three individual event wins during the meet raised her career win total in Army-Navy meets to nine, which ties her for the most individual event victories in series history, and she is one of two swimmers to have won a trio of individual events in a single Army-Navy meet three times in a career.

While this is the third-consecutive season in which Gorinski has earned a national swimmer-of-the-week laurel, it is the first such honor received by Bondurant. He too was a member of a winning 200 medley relay foursome, which began a meet for him in which he won the 200 butterfly, placed second in the 100 butterfly and finished in first place in the 200 individual medley.

His victory in the latter event gave him wins in the 200 IM against Army in three of his four years. Additionally, Bondurant posted NCAA B cut times in the 200 medley relay and in the 200 fly.

The Navy men's team, which has posted a 5-2 record this season, will next compete in a meet Jan. 5 when it swims at Princeton. Both Navy teams will then take to the waters of Lejeune Hall for the first time this season when they play host to North Carolina on Jan. 12. The Navy women's team will head into that meet with a 6-1 record this year.



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