American's Szabo, Bucknell's Freese, Navy's Teague And Army's Haviland Take Patriot League Awards -- November 18, 2003
CENTER VALLEY, Penn., November 18. AFTER solid performances against League foes last weekend, American's Dominick Szabo (North Wales, Pa./North Penn), Bucknell's Meghan Freese (New Freedom, Pa./ Susquehannock), Navy's Kevin Teague (Lexington, Ky./Dunbar) and Army's Chelsea Haviland (Thief River Falls, Minn./Lincoln) were selected as the Patriot League Swimming & Diving weekly award winners for the week ending Nov. 16.
Szabo wins his second Men's Swimmer of the Week award after contributing a pair of individual wins as American defeated defending champion Bucknell, but lost to Navy last weekend. The senior picked up his first individual gold medal of the day by winning the 100-meter breaststroke in pool record time. His time of 1:03.04, which was three seconds quicker than the runner-up, breaks the previous mark of 1:03.87 set by Ian Johnston of Navy in 1996. Szabo also touched the wall first in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:17.09, besting second-place finisher William Schilling of Bucknell by more than eight seconds. Szabo swam the second leg of the 200 medley relay race in which the Eagles were victorious, and came in third in the 200 freestyle.
Freese takes home her second-straight Women's Swimmer of the Week award after lifting the Bison to a pair of League wins over the weekend. The senior opened the meet by edging Navy's Tori Throckmorton for the win in the 50 freestyle. Freese's mark of 26.79 was 0.12 seconds quicker than Throckmorton. Freese also claimed the individual title in the 100 freestyle with a time of 58.98, which was one second faster than the runner-up. She also helped the Bison take home a pair of relay titles by swimming the anchor leg in the 200 freestyle relay and the 200 medley relay.
Teague claims Men's Diver of the Week accolades after helping the Mids to wins over American and Bucknell last weekend. The freshman remained unbeaten on the year with victories in the one- and three-meter events. He opened the meet by winning the one-meter dive with 307.13 points, which was more than 80 markers better than the second-place finisher. Teague registered 325.20 points to win the three-meter dive by more than 95 points.
Haviland earns Women's Diver of the Week honors for the third-straight week and the 10th time in her career after winning both diving events in Army's 171-101 victory over Holy Cross Friday. In the one-meter dive, the sophomore accumulated 268.58 points en route to a 22-point victory over teammate Sarah Get. Haviland also claimed the gold medal in the three-meter event with 282.45 markers, which was 13 points more than Get.
The Patriot League, which was founded on the principles of admitting athletes who are academically representative of their class, is in its second decade of academic and athletic excellence. Participation in athletics at Patriot League institutions is viewed as an important component of the undergraduate experience. The Patriot League, which began as a successful Division I-AA football conference in 1986 and became an all-sport conference in 1990, includes American, Army, Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh and Navy as full members and six associate members. These institutions are among the oldest and most prestigious in the nation and their alumni have played leadership roles in the shaping of our country. In the most recent NCAA Graduation Rate Report of student-athletes, the Patriot League ranked FIRST among NCAA Division I conferences.