Jan. 26, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -
The nationally-ranked Penn State men's and women's swimming and diving teams were too much for Navy on Saturday as they both defeated the Midshipmen in University Park, Pa. The 19th-ranked PSU men's team defeated the Mids, 188-112, while No. 14 PSU women's team downed Navy, 185-107, at McCoy Natatorium.
The Navy men are now 5-5 this season, while the women are 6-3. The Penn State men's team improved its record to 4-2 and the Nittany Lion women upped its season mark to 5-2.
"Overall we were hoping to be better today. This is a really good team, but we weren't as quick as we were expecting to be," said Navy men's swimming head coach Bill Roberts. "We'll have to get back to work, figure some things out and get ready for next week."
"Penn State swam very well today, they are certainly a fast team ready and came here read to go today," said Navy women's swimming head coach John Morrison. "I'm pleased with our performance today as we move closer to championship season. It was a good experience for our team to get up and race against the possible Big Ten championship team."
Laura Gorinski was Navy's top performer on the women's side as she won the 200 IM and placed second in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke. The senior led all swimmers in the 200 IM with a time of 2:07.62, finishing just over :05 ahead of teammate Ellen Bradford, who placed second.
In her first breaststroke event of the day, Gorinski just missed taking first place by .03 in the 100 meter event. PSU's Melissa Rodriguez just beat out Gorinski at the wall with a time of 1:04.51. Later on in the 200 breaststroke, it came down to Rodriguez and Gorinksi again battling for first place. This time Rodriguez clocked a time of 2:16.83, while Gorinski followed with a 2:18.06.
Senior Kellie Darmody
picked up a first-place finish late in the meet when she clocked a 58.3 in the 100 butter fly. Rachael Dudley
followed with a 58.49 for second place and Rheanna Vaughn
registered a time of 1:00.37 to take third.
Penn State's Megan Springsteen took first place in both women's diving events. She scored a 243.82 in the one-meter competition and a 244.65 in the three-meter dive. Jordyn Nicholl was Navy's high scorer in the one-meter dive with a 229.35 and Julie Jesse was tops in the three-meter with a 217.20.
On the men's side, Tom Duvall, Ben Bondurant and Luke Hoffer both picked up first-place finishes for Navy.
Duvall won the second event of the men's meet when he clocked a time of 9:26.14 in the 1000 freestyle. Duvall finished just over :01 ahead of PSU's Nick Ankosko, while the Mids' Alex Nickell turned in a time of 9:30.67 for third place.
Duvall, a freshman from Durham, N.H., just missed out on his second first-place finish of the day later on in the 500 free. Penn State's John Hauser battled Duvall all the way to the wall and it was Hauser who turned in the winning time with a 4:32.54. Duvall finished barely behind with a 4:32.79.
"Tom Duvall had some great races today and we were happy he was able to pull out a win in the 1000 for us," said Roberts.
Hoffer's win came in the 200 breststroke where he beat out PSU'S Chris Cipolla by nearly a second for first place. Hoffer clocked a 2:03.72 and Cipolla a 2:04.61.
Bondurant, who previously in the meet placed third in both the 100 and 200 butterfly events, ended his day with a strong showing in the 200 IM. Bondurant turned in a time of 1:54.67 in the event to take first place, which was just over a second ahead of PSU's Kevin Glenn.
Navy's Ben Freedman had a big day as he won both diving events. The junior first won the one-meter competition with a score of 314.62. Freedman made it 2-for-2 later when he won the three-meter dive, turning in a total of 353.55. Penn State's Lucas Kachurick finished second to Freedman in both events.
"Big congratulations to Ben for sweeping both boards. He had a great day," said Roberts.
The Navy women will return to the pool on Wednesday against Johns Hopkins, while the men will be back in action next Saturday at Columbia.