Jan. 12, 2013
LEWISBURG, Pa. -
The Army swimming and diving teams concluded their busy weekend slate on Saturday afternoon as the visiting Black Knights split a dual meet versus Patriot League rival Bucknell at Kinney Natatorium.
Freshman Chris Szekely won three individual events in the pool to help the Army men (7-2, 2-1 PL) to a 165-135 victory over the Bison (5-4, 3-2 PL). The Black Knights won nine of the 16 events contested en route to the victory.
Freshman Molly Mucciarone had a hand in a pair of wins for the Army women (5-5, 1-2 PL), who suffered a 189-106 setback to Bucknell (4-5, 3-2 PL).
"I thought both sides turned in solid showings," said Army head coach Mickey Wender. "I was pleased with how hard we raced, considering all of the training we have put in over the last couple of weeks. Obviously, Chris (Szekely) was outstanding today. He did an amazing job for us, winning all three of his events.
"It was a good team win for the men, and I thought our women performed well against a very talented Bucknell team. Both of our teams learned a lot today, and we now have a better understanding of where we are as we continue to close in on the Patriot League Championships."
Szekely, who continues to impress during his plebe campaign, dominated the freestyle events versus the Bison. The first-year standout began the day by winning the 200-yard freestyle (1 minute, 41.82 seconds) and he went on to take gold in the 100 free (46.55) and 500 free (4:40.04).
Sophomore Casey Woudenberg added a victory in the 1,000-yard freestyle (9:38.77), while senior Ayman Andrews won the 100 fly (49.46). Sophomore Will Viana chipped in with a win in the 200 back (1:53.32), while junior Kenny Yacynych took gold in the 100 back (52.59).
The Army men also prevailed in both diving events with sophomore Zachary Woods winning the one-meter competition (304.05) and senior Chris Nguyen capturing the title off the three-meter board (335.25).
Mucciarone opened the meet by teaming with junior Grace Hamilton, sophomore Kristen Barta and freshman Natalie Beale to win the 200-yard medley relay in a clocking of 1:49.03.
Mucciarone went on to take gold in the 100 fly (57.12). The first-year performer also chipped in a second-place showing in the 50 free (24.32).
Barta authored a pair of runner-up finishes in individual freestyle races, placing second in both the 200 free (1:56.22) and 500 free (5:15.41). Freshman Jess Fabrizio, meanwhile, took silver in the 200 breast, touching the wall in 2:31.43.
The Black Knights will return to action on Friday, Jan. 18, when they travel to Newark, Del., to face Delaware in a non-league dual meet at 4 p.m.
Meet Notes: The Army men improve to 22-5 all-time versus Bucknell ... the Black Knight women fall to 4-16 all-time versus the Bison.