June 21, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Navy's Laura Gorinski (Greensburg, Pa.) headlined the list of 106 women's swimmers and divers who garnered Patriot League Academic Honor Roll laurels this week.
A grade-point average of at least 3.20 during the 2012 spring semester was required to earn placement onto the honor roll.
Gorinski, a rising senior, was previously tabbed as the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for her sport. It was the second consecutive season in which she was named as the league's top scholar-athlete for women's swimming and diving. In the classroom, Gorinski posted a 3.60 GPA in the most recent term as she continued work toward earning an astrophysics degree.
Gorinski also excelled in the pool as she was voted as the Patriot League Swimmer of the Year for her performance at the league championship. She won both breaststroke events and the 200 individual medley final at the league meet, while also helping the Mids win four relay titles and the program's league-best 10th team championship. Gorinski would go on to become the first female swimmer in Navy and Patriot League history to compete in a trio of events at the NCAA Division I Championship. Next week she will compete in both breaststroke events at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
A total of 13 women's swimmers and divers from around the league posted 4.00 GPA's during the spring semester, with two of the baker's dozen -- rising seniors Katie Davidson (Geneva, Fla.) and Danielle Reminger (Wheaton, Ill.) -- coming from Navy.
Davidson, an honors English major who earlier this year joined Gorinski in being named to the Patriot League All-Academic Team, has a cumulative GPA of 4.00. In the pool, she placed fourth in the 1650 freestyle and won the consolation final (ninth place) in the 500 free at this year's Patriot League Championship.
Reminger, who is majoring in oceanography, scored points for Navy at both the Patriot League and ECAC (also won by Navy) Championship meets this spring. She initially placed eighth in the 100 free, 10th in the 200 fly and 11th in the 200 free at the Patriot League Championship, then finished in 11th place in the 200 fly and 12th in the 200 free at the ECAC Championship.
Katherine Jones (Dallas, Texas), a member of Navy's Class of 2012, also was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. The political science major recorded a 3.40 GPA during her final semester on The Yard. She earned Second-Team All-Patriot League honors following the league meet during which she qualified for the championship final in both the 200 fly (seventh place) and 400 individual medley (eighth) events and finished in 10th place in the 1650 freestyle timed final.
Completing the list of seven honorees for Navy are Lauren Baguley (Hudsonville, Mich.), Kellie Darmody (Charlotte, N.C.) and Olivia Kosaka (Burien, Wash.).
Baguley, a rising junior, recorded a 3.38 GPA in the spring semester. The oceanography major reached the championship final in all three of her events at the ECAC Championship. She placed third in the 200 backstroke, fourth in the 100 backstroke and eighth in the 500 freestyle.
Darmody completed her junior year at Navy with a 3.44 GPA during the second semester. The oceanography major finished no lower than second place in each of her three individual events at the 2012 Patriot League Championship. She won the 100 backstroke, tied for first place in the 200 back and placed second in the 200 individual medley to earn First-Team All-Patriot League accolades for the third time in as many years. Those individual event efforts were in addition to her swimming legs on three of Navy's victorious relay teams, a combined performance that helped her secure a spot alongside Gorinski and Davidson on the league's all-academic team.
Kosaka joined Gorinski, Jones and Darmody in earning All-Patriot League honors this season. The rising junior who is majoring in oceanography completed the spring semester with a 3.56 GPA in the classroom and garnered first-team all-league accolades in the pool this year. She finished in fifth place in the 100 backstroke and sixth in both the 200 back and 100 butterfly finals at the championship. Kosaka also swam on Navy's winning 200 medley relay team at the Patriot League meet before going on to place fourth in the 200 individual medley, fifth in the 100 breast and in a tie for 11th in the 100 free at the ECAC Championship.