Posted: 02/26/2010 | Last updated: August 9, 2010 at 06:04 PM
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Lehigh placed five student-athletes on the All-Patriot League swimming and diving teams, announced by the league on Friday. The Mountain Hawk women were represented by seniors Allison Rolish and Erin Tormey, who both earned second team honors. The Lehigh men had three student-athletes: senior Kevin McGrath and freshmen Tyler Lareau and Frank Cuzzola named to the All-League second team.
The All-Patriot League teams are determined based on individual first and second place finishes at the Patriot League Championships as well as individual point totals from the championships.
Rolish led the way for a Lehigh team that set 11 new school records last weekend. She entered four events and established new school marks in all four. The Cherry Hill, N.J. native set a school record in the first preliminary event Thursday morning, the 500 yard freestyle and later placed seventh in the event. Rolish also set school records en route to fourth place finishes in the 400 individual medley and the 1650 freestyle and was a member of the 800 free relay team that set a school record as well. With 41 points, Rolish was the highest scoring Lehigh swimmer at the championships. This is the second All-League honor for Rolish, who was a second team selection in 2007.
Tormey earned the first All-League honor of her career by racking up 29 team points in the two diving events. The Princeton Junction, N.J. native placed fourth in the three-meter event with a score of 241.60 and took fifth in the one meter with 231.80 points.
On the men’s side, McGrath earned the third second-team All-League nod of his career. McGrath made the finals in the 400 individual medley and the 100 and 200 yard breaststroke events, while also swimming the breaststroke leg of the 200 and 400 yard medley relays, where Lehigh placed fourth and third respectively.
As freshmen, Cuzzola and Lareau proved that the future of Lehigh swimming is very bright. Lareau posted the top individual finish for Lehigh at the championship meet, taking second in the 100 backstroke and setting a school record in the process. Individually, Lareau also placed seventh in the 200 back and 12th in the 500 free. He was also a member of four relay teams that placed in the top four including the school-record setting 800 yard free relay team.
Cuzzola was also a member of the 800 free relay team and was the highest scoring Lehigh male at the championships, outscoring Lareau 35-34. Cuzzola placed tenth in the 50 freestyle on Thursday but bounced back to place fifth in both the 100 and 200 yard freestyle. He also swam on the third-place finishing 200 free relay and 400 medley relay teams.
Navy won both the men’s and women’s team championships and led the way with 17 and 12 All-League selections respectively.