Army Sweeps Aside Lehigh

Paige Brink

Paige Brink

Jan. 13, 2012


WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army men's and women's swimming and diving teams rode a plethora of impressive performances in the pool and off the boards to a sweep of Patriot League rival Lehigh on Friday evening at Crandall Pool.

The Army men posted a 167.5-127.5 victory over Lehigh, while the Black Knight women recorded a 171-129 triumph versus the Mountain Hawks.

Freshman Will Viana won three events in the pool to pace the Army men, who improve to 6-2 (1-1 PL). The Black Knights won 11 of the 16 events en route to the victory.

Senior Paige Brink was a triple-winner for the Black Knight women, who captured 11 events and move to 3-6 (1-1 PL) on the season.

The Lehigh men (7-1, 3-1 PL) suffer their first loss of the season, while the Mountain Hawk women fall to 3-4 (1-3 PL).

"I'm so happy for our women," said Army head coach Mickey Wender. "They've been so close in the last six meets. For them to put it all together and compete with heart and passion was great to see. I feel really happy for them. At this part of the season, the times are kind of secondary to racing and executing our gameplan. We are so tired and broken down at this time of the year that we need to learn how to compete hard when we're fatigued. Our girls did that today as well as I've seen them in a very, very long time.

"I think our men have some work to do in order to be successful and competitive tomorrow (against Bucknell)," added Wender. "It's always hard coming out of the break and being able to be at your best in a meet like this. Today was a good learning experience. I know all the guys were interested in how to improve and get better. We got the cobwebs out, and I think you'll see a different team tomorrow. It's nice to get the wins, and both teams will really learn a lot from this."

Viana, who has emerged as one of Army's most versatile swimmers this season, began his productive night by capturing the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1 minute, 43.88 seconds. Viana added another victory in the 200-yard butterfly, outdistancing the field with a clocking of 1:54.92. He capped the evening by winning the 200-yard backstroke (1:54.20).

Sophomore Kenny Yacynych had a hand in three wins in the pool for the Army men, as well. The second-year swimmer helped Army get off to a fast start in the first event of the night, teaming with junior Carter Kelly, freshman Michael Dustin and junior Dan Foky to take gold in the 400-yard medley relay (3:32.13).

Yacynych excelled individually as well, winning both the 100-yard backstroke (52.68) and 100-yard butterfly (52.28).

Army completely dominated both breaststroke events with freshman Joon Chung leading a pair of Army sweeps. Chung took gold in the 100 breast (59.23), with Kelly (59.75) and senior Sam Lough (1:00.07) placing second and third, respectively.

Army then finished 1-2-3 in the 200-yard breaststroke with Chung (2:10.43), Kelly (2:10.93) and Lough (2:15.33) placing first, second and third, respectively. Chung later added a runner-up showing in the 200-yard individual medley (1:59.24).

Junior Bill McCarty accounted for Army's ninth victory in the pool, tying for the top spot in the 100-yard freestyle with a clocking of 47.69.

The Black Knights also held the upper hand in the diving events. Freshman Zachary Woods took gold off the one-meter board, posting a plebe-record score of 308.69 points. Junior Chris Nguyen, meanwhile, placed third in the one-meter event, piling up 291.90 markers.

Army then went 1-2-3 in the three-meter diving competition with Nguyen (344.55) placing first, Woods (307.65) taking second and freshman Josh Urnezis (295.88) finishing third.

Elsewhere, freshman distance specialist Casey Woudenberg chipped in a pair of top-three showings, placing runner-up in the 1,000-yard freestyle (9:46.10) and finishing third in the 500 free (4:47.42).

Senior Chuck Zhou contributed three top-three finishes, taking runner-up honors in the 100 back (53.47) and 200 back (1:55.26), while placing third in the 200 IM (2:01.25).

Dustin rounded out Army's list of top-three finishers, placing third in the 100 fly (52.38).

It was Brink and freshman Kristen Barta who led the Black Knights on the women's side as the talented duo combined to produce five of Army's nine wins in the pool.

Brink posted her first victory of the night in the 200-yard butterfly, completing the race in a time of 2:09.81. She completed a sweep of the butterfly events later in the evening by winning the 100 fly with a clocking of 58.57. She earned her third triumph in the final individual event of the meet, taking gold in the 200 IM (2:15.27).

Barta, meanwhile, was a double-winner in the middle-distance freestyle events, taking gold in the 200-yard freestyle (1:58.41) and the 500 free (5:16.39).

Junior Alyssa Tran enjoyed a solid day in the pool as well, winning the 50-yard freestyle (25.26) and placing runner-up in the 100 fly (58.91).

Sophomore Juliette Wallerstein also excelled in the freestyle sprints, taking gold in the 100 free (54.81) and finishing second in the 50 free (25.34),

Freshman Audrey Brown completed Army's domination of the freestyle events, capturing the 1,000 free in a time of 10:47.98.

The Black Knights' ninth victory in the pool came in the meet's final event as the foursome of Tran, Wallerstein, junior Megan Metts and freshman Keeli McNeary won the 200-yard freestyle relay with a clocking of 1:40.99.

Army's strong showing spilled over to the diving boards, where the Black Knights swept the one-meter and three-meter competitions.

Sophomore Danielle Ullman led an Army sweep of the top three spots off the three-meter board, winning the event with a personal-best score of 230.85 points. Sophomore Rita Snyder (208.80) and freshman Maggie Churchill (207.52) finished second and third, respectively. Churchill's score represented a personal best.

Army also swept the top three positions in the one-meter diving event. Snyder came from behind to win the competition (223.49), with Ullman placing runner-up (221.92) and Churchill taking third (203.01).

Sophomore Lara Stouffer contributed three top-three finishes, placing runner-up in the 100-yard backstroke (1:00.38) and 200 back (2:11.57), and placing third in the 200 IM (2:15.27).

Junior Juliana Lynch added third-place showings in both the 100 back (1:01.90) and 200 back (2:12.26).

Sophomore Sarah Allbright, meanwhile, placed runner-up in the 500 free with a clocking of 5:18.70.

The Black Knights will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 14, when they host Patriot League rival Bucknell at Crandall Pool. The conference dual meet is slated to begin at 1 p.m.

Meet Notes: The Army men improve to 41-0 all-time versus Lehigh ... the Black Knight women move to 13-5 all-time versus the Mountain Hawks ... the victory on the women's side was the first for Army since the 2007-08 campaign.

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