Naval Academy Announces Major Athletic Award Winners
May 23, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md.-- The United States Naval Academy announced its major athletic award winners Thursday afternoon at the annual Prizes and Awards Ceremony at Alumni Hall.
Justin Vagts (Crofton, Md.), a member of the swimming & diving team, was awarded the NAAA Sword for Men, which is presented to that man of the graduating class who is considered by the Association's Athletic Council to have personally excelled in men's athletics during his years of varsity competition.
Vagts was the 2012 and 2013 Patriot League Swimmer of the Year and the 2010 Patriot League Rookie of the Year. He earned First-Team All-Patriot League honors in each of his four years and won at least one individual event at each of his four Patriot League Championship meets, one of just two members of the Navy men's team to have done so.
Vagts totaled eight career individual event titles at the Patriot League Championship, which ties him for the Navy record and places him in a tie for third in league history. He competed in the 1500m freestyle and 400m individual medley events at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials and competed in the 1650y freestyle event at the 2011 NCAA Championship.
Vagts holds the Navy and Patriot League record in the 400y individual medley, while standing second at Navy in the 1000y and 1650y freestyle events. He was a part of four Patriot League Championship teams.
Vagts is just the fourth swimmer to win in the 122-year history of the award and the first since Adam Meyer in 2010.
The other two nominees for the NAAA Sword for Men were Gee Gee Greene (football) and Ben Nelson (baseball).
Laura Gorinski (Greensburg, Pa.) of the swimming & diving team was awarded the Vice Admiral Lawrence Sword for Women, which is presented to that woman of the graduating class who is considered by the Association's Athletic Council to have personally excelled in women's athletics during her years of varsity competition.
Gorinski was the 2012 and 2013 Patriot League Swimmer of the Year and the 2010 Patriot League Rookie of the Year. She earned First-Team All-Patriot League honors in each of her four years and totaled 11 wins and one second-place finish in 12 career individual event races at the Patriot League Championship. The 11 wins are the most by any swimmer - male or female - in league history.
Gorinski totaled 20 combined titles at the Patriot League Championship, which are the most won by any swimmer - male or female - in league history. She received 18 Patriot League Swimmer-of-the-week awards in her career, which are the most won by any swimmer - male or female - in league history and she competed in three events at the 2012 NCAA Championship and in two events at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
Gorinski was a perfect 30-0 in individual events in her career against Patriot League foes during the regular season and a perfect 12-0 in career events (9-0 in individual events, 3-0 in relay events) against Army.
Gorinski holds the Navy and Patriot League records in the 100y breaststroke, the 200y breaststroke and the 200y individual medley, as well as the Navy record in the 400y freestyle events. She was selected as the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for her sport and is just the second Mid (male or female) to win the award three times in a career for a single sport, and the second women's swimmer in league history to earn the award three times.
Gorinski also received an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship and is Navy's nominee for the NCAA Woman-of-the-Year award. She helped Navy to three Patriot League Championships (2010, 2012, 2013).
Gorinski is the seventh women's swimmer to win the award in its 34-year history and the first since Tara Chapmon in 2010.
Other nominees for the award included Michaela Bilotta (rowing), Brigid Byrne (cross country/track & field) and Jasmine DePompeo (lacrosse).
Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.) of the women's lacrosse team won the Thompson Trophy Cup, which is presented to that midshipman, male or female, who has done the most during the year to promote athletics at the Naval Academy.
DePompeo, a co-captain, helped Navy (19-2) to its best season in program history in 2013. Navy earned the No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament and achieved its first NCAA tournament win by defeating Monmouth in the First Round at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 12-6.
The Mids also won the Patriot League Tournament title for the fourth-straight year and made a fourth-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Navy is currently ranked No. 11 in the deBeer Media Poll and No. 16 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll.
DePompeo is currently leading the NCAA in total points (127) and points per game (6.05), while ranking second in total assists (71) and assists per game (3.38). She is also 13th in total goals scored (56). She ranks third in NCAA history for both single-season and career assists. She established Navy and Patriot League records for most points and most assists in a season and is also the school's and conference's career leader in points (336) and assists (167).
DePompeo was named to the 2013 IWLCA All-America Third Team, making her the first Navy women's lacrosse player to receive All-America honors from the IWLCA. She is the first Patriot League student-athlete in the past 16 years to receive IWLCA All-America honors and the 10th overall.
DePompeo was named to the IWLCA All-South Region First Team and was a Tewaaraton Award (National Player of the Year) nominee. She was named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year for the third-straight time and also appeared on the all-league first team for the third-straight year. Additionally, she was a two-time Patriot League Tournament Most Valuable Player and a six-time Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week this season.
The Long Island native was named a 2012 CoSIDA Academic All-American and is a finalist for 2013 Academic All-American honors.
DePompeo is the first women's lacrosse player and just the fifth female to win in the 126-year history of the award. DePompeo is the first female to win the Thompson in 21 years. Diver Stacia Johnson won the award in 1992.
Other nominees for the award included Theodore Baumgartner (heavyweight crew), Annie-Norah Beveridge (cross country/track), Jade Geif (basketball), Andrew Owens (sprint football) and Keegan Wetzel (football).
Oscar Huntley (Stafford, Va.) of the wrestling team was awarded the men's Coaches' Calvert Award, which recognizes a graduating varsity letterwinner who displayed leadership, consistent effort, loyalty and dedication to the sport and who has taken their abilities beyond the expectations of the coach, peers and themselves.
Huntley has been the epitome of a team player throughout his wrestling career at the Academy, battling back from a handful of injuries and twice shifting weights to ensure the overall success of the program. As a freshman, he was off to an encouraging start to his career which included winning the Navy Classic when his season came to a screeching halt when he suffered a season-ending knee injury just a month into the season.
As a sophomore, he pushed up two weight classes from 174 to 197 pounds just a month before the EIWA Championship where he not only held his own, but placed among the top seven. In his junior year, he amassed a 24-12 record and earned an NCAA Championship berth by way of his second-place finish at the EIWA Championship.
As a senior, he began the year wrestling at 174 pounds and found great success along the way. But Navy needed to fill the void at 197 pounds. Huntley made the move to 197 pounds in mid-November and went on to produce a career-best 27-9 record including a 15-6 mark at 197 pounds. He was well on his way to qualifying for the NCAA Championship for a second straight year, however, a shoulder injury in the second round of the EIWA Championship spelled the end to a notable career. Huntley concluded his career with an 83-40 record which featured a 16-5 dual mark and led the Midshipmen to four consecutive Star Meet wins over arch rival Army by a combined score of 99-34.
Huntley is the fifth wrestler to win in the 41-year history of the award and the first since Tanner Garrett in 2006.
Kellie Darmody (Charlotte, N.C.) of the women's swimming team was awarded the women's Coaches' Calvert Award, which recognizes a graduating varsity letterwinner who displayed leadership, consistent effort, loyalty and dedication to the sport and who has taken their abilities beyond the expectations of the coach, peers and themselves.
Darmody served as the captain of the women's swimming team during the 2012-13 season and is tied for the Navy record and is second in league history for the most relay events won in a career at the Patriot League Championship with 10.
Darmody advanced to the championship final in 11 of her 12 individual events at the Patriot League Championship and won two titles.
She earned First-Team All-Patriot League honors in 2010, 2011 and 2012 before earning second-team accolades in 2013.
Darmody holds the Navy record in the 100y backstroke and totaled 13 wins and two second-place finishes in 16 career events at the Army-Navy meet. She helped lead Navy to the Patriot League Championship in 2010, 2012 and 2013.
Darmody is just the third swimmer in the 24-year history of the award to be recognized and the first since Thuy-Mi Dinh in 2010.