Oct. 31, 2011
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Members of the Navy swimming and diving programs swept the four weekly awards presented by the Patriot League on Monday. Mac Anthony (Sr., Allentown, Pa.) and Laura Gorinski (Jr., Greensburg, Pa.) were tabbed as the league's swimmers of the week, while Ben Freedman (So., Kennewick, Wash.) and Jordyn Nicholl (Jr., Acworth, Ga.) were selected as the top divers in the league.
Both Navy teams played host to Virginia this past week in Lejeune Hall. The Navy men's team posted a 159-139 victory over a Cavaliers team that had placed eighth at the 2011 NCAA Championship and has won four consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference crowns. The women's meet saw Virginia, a program that finished in 13th place at last year's NCAA Championship and also has won four straight ACC titles, record a 159-124 win over the Mids.
Anthony tallied wins in both the 200 freestyle (1:50.07) and 200 backstroke (2:02.81) events and placed third in the 400 freestyle (3:57.33). His times, recorded in a 25-meter length pool, rank fourth, fifth and eighth, respectively in the three events, in Navy history. Anthony also would play a role in helping the Mids win the meet-ending 400 freestyle relay. His time of 50.45 in the anchor leg was the fastest 100 meters of any other swimmer in the race by 1.06 seconds and closed out Navy's 2.21-second victory in the event.
Freedman tallied 314.02 points to place second on the one-meter board and scored 301.72 points in finish in third place on the three meter.
Gorinski recorded second-place finishes in the two breaststroke events against Virginia. She posted times of 1:13.13 in the 100 breast and 2:35.81 in the 200 breast. Her latter time ranks fourth in Navy history for the event. Gorinski also would place fifth in the 200 individual medley (2:23.56) and was a member of Navy's third-place finishing 200 medley relay team.
Nicholl picked up her first victory of the season with her winning tally of 231.52 points on the one meter against the Cavaliers. She would go on to place fifth on the three meter after totaling 188.17 points on the board.
Both Navy teams will return to Lejeune Hall Saturday when the Midshipmen play host to American, Bucknell and Lafayette. The opening event for the meet is slated to start at 12 Noon.