CENTER VALLEY, Penn, January 13. THE Patriot League swimming & diving squads returned to the pool after a break for the holidays. Navy's Tori Throckmorton (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) and Kevin Teague (Lexington, Ky./Dunbar) won the year's first Women's Swimmer and the Men's Diver of the Week honors, respectively. Army's Efri Ruthenberg (Peoria, Ariz./Cactus) took home the Men's Swimmer of the Week award to round out the list of weekly winners for the week ending Jan. 11. Due to a lack of participation, there will not be a Women's Diver of the Week award.
Ruthenberg wins his second Men's Swimmer of the Week award after capturing the gold medal in the 400 freestyle for the Black Knights in a loss to Yale. The freshman's time of 4:21.27 was nearly six seconds quicker than runner-up John Atkinson of Yale. Ruthenberg has won at least one race in each of Army's first seven meets, including victories in six different disciplines. In his other race against the Bulldogs, Ruthenberg came in second in the 200 freestyle, just a second behind the winner.
Throckmorton becomes the third different Mid to win Women's Swimmer of the Week accolades after posting three individual victories in Navy's 155-134 win over Johns Hopkins. The junior, who won three individual events in a meet for the second time this season, opened the battle by touching the wall first in the 100 backstroke with a time of 59.94. Throckmorton also stood atop the podium in the 100 butterfly (1:00.01) and the 100 freestyle (54.39). She was also a member of the 200 medley relay squad, which finished first.
Teague is the Men's Diver of the Week for the fourth-straight week after sweeping the diving events in losses to Yale and Cornell Saturday. It is the 12th time this season that the freshman has won both diving medals. Teague gained 300.75 points in the one-meter event en route to a 50-point win. In the three-meter dive, he tallied 319.95 points, which was 70 markers more than Cornell's Luke Baer, who was the runner-up.
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.