Feb. 27, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Navy's Laura Gorinski (Jr., Greensburg, Pa.) was named on Monday as the recipient of the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year award for women's swimming and diving for the second consecutive season. Joining her on the 11-member Patriot League All-Academic Team for the sport were teammates Kellie Darmody (Jr., Charlotte, N.C.) and Katie Davidson (Jr., Geneva, Fla.).
To be eligible for the scholar-athlete of the year or the all-academic team, swimmers and divers must be at least sophomores at their respective schools with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.20 and be starters or key reserves in their sport. Voting by the league's sports information contacts determined both the scholar-athlete of the year and the all-academic team.
Gorinski was selected as the 2012 Patriot League Women's Swimmer of the Year after winning a trio of individual events at the recent Patriot League Championship, which was won by Navy for the second time in her three seasons. She won both breaststroke titles and the 200 individual medley events to go along with victories in the 200 medley, 400 medley, 400 freestyle and 800 freestyle relay events. Gorinski set NCAA `B' cut times in winning her three individual events, with her times in the 200 breast (2:10.67) and 200 IM (1:59.95) also setting Navy, Patriot League and Patriot League Meet records. Her most impressive victory of the three was the 200 breast, which she won by 6.5 seconds in a time that was less than one second off of the NCAA `A' cut requirement. Gorinski, who also holds the school and league marks in the 100 breast, has qualified to compete at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in both breaststroke events
The three-time First-Team All-Patriot League selection previously was selected as the 2010 league rookie of the year, received Honorable Mention All-Scholar-Athlete laurels from the Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association in 2010 and 2011, and has received academic honors from the USNA in each of her five completed semesters.
A physics major with a 3.64 GPA, she joins Heather Davies (1993), Allison Moon (2004) and Kelly Zahalka (2007, 2008, 2009) as Mids who have been selected as the scholar-athlete of the year in the sport.
Darmody earned the third First-Team All-Patriot League accolade of her career this season. She won the 100 backstroke, shared the title in the 200 backstroke and tied for second place in the 200 individual medley at this year's league meet. Those individual event results were in addition to her helping Navy win the 200 medley and 200 and 400 freestyle relay crowns. The holder of the Navy records in both backstroke events, Darmody compiled a 15-5 record in the stroke during the regular season. Four of her five non-wins came in meets against nationally-ranked opponents.
Darmody, who has posted a 3.24 GPA as an oceanography major, has been named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll at the conclusion of her freshman and sophomore seasons and garnered academic honors from the USNA in each of her five completed semesters.
Davidson was the lone member of the Patriot League All-Academic Team to have posted a 4.00 GPA over the course of her career. She has been named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll twice and has received academic honors from the USNA for her efforts in the classroom in each of her five terms.
In the pool, Davidson placed fourth in the 1650 freestyle and won the consolation final (ninth place) in the 500 free at this year's Patriot League Championship. Her clocking of 16:55.01 in the 1650 free ranks seventh in Navy history. She previously placed eighth in the 500 free, 10th in the 200 free and 14th in the 1650 free at the 2010 league meet.