Navy Teams Lead ECAC Championship
Feb. 25, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy swimming and diving teams both sit atop their respective standings after day two of the ECAC Championship that is being held this weekend at Lejeune Hall in Annapolis. The three-day event featuring nearly 25 teams from the East Coast will conclude Sunday with a trials session starting at 9 a.m. and a session of event finals starting at 4 p.m.
Live results can be found at NavySports.com.
The women's standings show Navy in first place with 413 points, Marist in second with 401 points and Harvard in third place with 390 points. On the men's side, Navy's 475.5 points leads Bucknell's second-place tally of 358 points and Columbia's third-place total of 316 points.
"We had a great day," said Navy women's swimming head coach John Morrison. "Not just by winning the events that we did, but with the depth of performances that we received. We are excited about getting up and racing again Sunday."
"The story for the day for us," said Navy men's swimming head coach Bill Roberts, "was the ability for our guys to race well and drop time tonight from the morning session. We are real happy with their efforts."
The Navy women's team picked up its first victory of the championship in the very first event Saturday night, the 200 medley relay. Navy's foursome of Olivia Kosaka (So., Burien, Wash.), Laura Gorinski (Jr., Greensburg, Pa.), Cat Cortesio (So., Downers Grove, Ill.) and Toni Paruso (Jr., Savannah, Ga.) posted a time of 1:43.19 to edge second-place C.W. Post by 1.67 seconds.
Gina Grabowski (So., Lawrenceville, N.J.) was Navy's top finisher in the first individual event of the night, the 400 individual medley. She recorded a time of 4:40.14 to place seventh in the consolation final of the event.
The Mids bounced back by advancing a pair of Mids into the championship final of the ensuing two events. In the 100 fly, Paruso posted a time of 54.53 to win the race by 1.7 seconds, while Cortesio's clocking of 56.74 placed her fourth in the final. That was followed by the 200 free final which saw Amanda Thach (Fr., Seattle, Wash.) place sixth (1:52.92) and Nikki Hyrkas (Fr., Frederick, Md.) place eighth (1:53.24).
Kosaka would then place fifth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:04.84.
Paruso recorded her second and Navy's third event victory of the night as her clocking of 56.50 gave her the win in the 100 backstroke by six-tenths of a second. Joining her in the championship final were teammates Lauren Baguley (So., Hudsonville, Mich.) in fourth place (57.52) and Cortesio in eight place (59.25).
The Mids also received significant points in diving as Courtney Vandament (Sr., Coppell, Texas) placed third on the three-meter board with 247.30 points.
Navy would conclude the women's portion of the evening by placing fourth in the 800 freestyle relay. The entry of Hyrkas, Thach, Danielle Reminger (Jr., Wheaton, Ill.) and Baguley posted a time of 7:37.93.
Navy's men's team matched the performance of its women's squad in the 200 medley relay. The foursome of Brendan Walsh (Fr., New York, N.Y.), Andrew Feeney (Jr., Norcross, Ga.), Charlie Hetzel (Sr., Weddington, N.C.) and Danny Quinn (Jr., Queenstown, Md.) recorded a time of 1:31.47 to win the race by one-half of a second over Bucknell.
Michael Peribonio (So., Atlanta, Ga.) next won the consolation final of the 400 individual medley for the Mids with a time of 4:04.57.
Hetzel followed by winning the championship final of the 100 fly. His clocking of 49.09 gave him the victory by just under one-quarter of a second. Also advancing to the championship final of the event was teammate Billy Draves (Fr., Gilbertsville, Pa.), who placed seventh with a time of 50.31.
Three Mids would reach the championship final of the next event, the 200 freestyle. Riley Mita (Fr., Stevenson Ranch, Calif.) finished in second place for Navy in a time of 1:39.14, a clocking that was nine-tenths of a second in back of the winning time posted by Bucknell's Matthew Segar. Finishing directly behind Mita was teammate K.C. Linn (Sr., Newhall, Calif.) in a time of 1:39.23. Rounding out the trio of Navy swimmers in the race was Kevin Stoddard (Fr., Highlands Ranch, Colo.), who placed eighth in a time of 1:40.93.
Two more Mids found their way into the championship final of the 100 breaststroke. A time of 56.12 gave Feeney a second-place showing, while Alex Cook's (Fr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) clocking of 57.56 was good enough for him to place sixth.
Walsh closed out the individual event portion of the night by placing second in the 100 backstroke with a time of 49.83.
The final event of the evening saw Navy's 800 freestyle relay team of Stoddard, Mita, Drew Mays (Sr., Southlake, Texas) and Linn win the race by almost one-quarter of a second with its time of 6:39.99.