Feb. 29, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Navy's Laura Gorinski (Jr., Greensburg, Pa.) has been invited to compete at the upcoming NCAA Women's Swimming Championship meet. The complete swimming field for the national championship that will be held March 15-17 in Auburn, Ala., was announced Wednesday by the NCAA.
Gorinski, the 2012 Patriot League Women's Swimmer of the Year and the 2011 and `12 league scholar-athlete of the year in the sport, qualified to compete in both breaststroke events at the championship. Her time of 2:10.67 in the 200 breaststroke places her 25th in the event, while she is ranked 30th in the 100 breaststroke time with her time of 1:00.72.
Once a swimmer has been invited to the championship in one event, they automatically are able to swim in up to three events in which they have posted an NCAA `B' cut qualifying time in. This means Gorinski also will be able to compete in the 200 individual medley at the meet. She enters the championship seeded 56th in the event with her time of 1:59.95.
This will be the fifth consecutive season that a member of the Navy swimming and diving program will compete at one of the NCAA Championship meets. The current run of success began in 2008 when Thuy-Mi Dinh qualified for the women's championship. The following year saw Dinh, Tara Chapmon, Erik Hunter, Adam Meyer and Jon Galinski all advance to the national championship. Dinh, Chapmon and Meyer then ended their swimming careers by qualifying for their respective 2010 national meet. Last season, both Justin Vagts and Mark Meyer advanced to the men's championship.
Additionally, Gorinski becomes the sixth member of the Navy women's swimming program since it became a Division I program in 1992 to be invited to the NCAA Championship. Diver Stacia Johnson, who won the NCAA Division II title on the three-meter at the 1991 meet, also holds the distinction of being the first Mid to qualify for the Division I meet in 1992. Darcy Stuart also qualified for the diving events at the 1992 and `94 championship. Julia Mason then became the first swimmer to qualify for the championship with her appearance at the 1997 event. She was followed by Dinh in 2008 and then Dinh and Chapmon in both `09 and `10.
In addition to the six different Mids combining for 10 NCAA appearances over the last two decades, fellow Patriot League programs American (2006), Army (2006) and Colgate (2009) have all sent one athlete, respectively, to the women's championship during their years as members of the league.