Five Mids Earn Academic All-District Laurels
May 18, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Three members of the Navy swimming program and one each from the school's golf and women's lacrosse teams garnered Capital One Academic All-District II honors for at-large sports Thursday from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The quintet of Midshipmen to earn the nod were men's swimmers Ben Bondurant (Jr., Atlanta, Ga.) and Mark Meyer (Sr., Bethesda, Md.), women's swimmer Laura Gorinski (Jr., Greensburg, Pa.), golfer Peter Reilly (Sr., Merrimack, N.H.) and Jasmine DePompeo (Jr., Sayville, N.Y.) from the women's lacrosse team.
To be eligible for the initial district ballot, student-athletes must have attained a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.30, be at a minimum a sophomore academically and a starter or key reserve on their respective team. The at-large sports program consists of women's bowling, women's crew, fencing, women's field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, men's volleyball, water polo and men's wrestling. CoSIDA's District II consists of schools located in Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.
All first-team recipients from each of CoSIDA's eight districts are now placed onto a national ballot to determine the Academic All-America team for at-large sports.
Bondurant, an ocean engineering major who has compiled a 3.42 GPA, garnered First-Team All-Patriot League accolades this spring for the second-consecutive season. He won the 200 individual medley event and placed second in both butterfly finals at this season's league championship. He was a member of Navy's victorious 800 freestyle relay team at the league meet, which helped the Mids win the program's ninth Patriot League title in as many years of competing at the championship. The two-time first-team all-league selection and a member of the 2012 Patriot League All-Academic Team for his sport will compete in the 200 butterfly event at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
Meyer, who has posted a 3.43 GPA while majoring in systems engineering at Navy, earned first-team all-league accolades in each of his four seasons. He won the 200 fly, placed fourth in the 200 IM and finished in fifth place in the 100 fly at this year's Patriot League meet. Meyer was undefeated in 11 200 fly races during the 2011-12 regular season. This includes victories in the event against a trio of nationally-ranked opponents. The two-time member of the Patriot League All-Academic Team for his sport previously competed in the 2011 NCAA Championship and will join Bondurant in competing in the 200 fly at this summer's U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
Gorinski was selected as this year's Patriot League Swimmer of the Year as well as the league's scholar-athlete of the year for her sport. It marked the second-consecutive season in which she earned the top academic honor for her sport from the Patriot League. A physics major with a 3.64 GPA, Gorinski won both breaststroke events and the 200 individual medley while helping the Mids win four relay events and the overall team title at the 2012 Patriot League Championship. She became the first female swimmer in Navy and Patriot League history to compete in a trio of events at the NCAA Championship when she did so in the 200 IM and both breaststroke events at this year's national championship. Gorinski will compete in the 100 and 200 breaststroke races at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
An attacker on the women's lacrosse team, DePompeo was honored as the Patriot League's Offensive Player of the Year for the second-straight season and led Navy to a third-straight league championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. She led the team and the Patriot League with 92 points, the sixth-highest total in the nation. DePompeo also tallied 47 assists, the seventh-best total in the NCAA and a Navy school record. She was named to the Patriot League All-Academic team for her sport this spring and garners CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team honors for the second straight year. The political science major holds a 3.38 cumulative GPA.
A history major who is part of the Honors program at the Naval Academy, Reilly boasts a 3.48 GPA and is ranked in the top 21 percent of his graduating class of better than 1,000 students in academic order of merit. He has been named to the Commandant's List in six of his seven completed semesters at the Academy, while earning Dean's List mention in each of the last three semesters. Reilly was also named the co-winner of the Naval Academy's McMurtry Award which is presented to the program's best honors history thesis. A year ago, Reilly was named the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year and also received Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar honors.
A three-time Second-Team All-Patriot League golfer (2009, `10, `12), Reilly owns a team-low 75.1 stroke average which is the program's fourth-lowest single-season stroke average in the last nine years. He has participated in 11 events this season where he recorded five top-10 performances, including four top-five finishes. Among his top-10 marks was a sixth-place finish at the 2012 Patriot League Championship three weeks ago at Bucknell where he helped lead Navy to its sixth Patriot League team title. He and the Midshipmen are currently playing in the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional.