Jan. 14, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The Army swimming and diving teams were swept by Bucknell in a Patriot League dual meet on Saturday afternoon at Crandall Pool. The Bucknell men recorded a 160.5-134.5 win, while the Bison women cruised to a 198-97 victory.
The Bucknell men (6-1, 4-1 PL) won 11 of the first 12 races in the pool before swimming exhibition in the final two events. The Bison women (4-3, 3-2 PL) won 13 of the first 14 events overall before swimming exhibition in the final two.
Junior Chris Nguyen swept the diving events to pace the Army men, who fall to 6-3 (1-2 PL) on the season. Junior Alyssa Tran won the 100-yard butterfly and had a hand in a pair of runner-up finishes for the Black Knight women, who see their record dip to 3-7 (1-2 PL).
"It was a great reality check, and a great learning experience for our teams," said Army head coach Mickey Wender. "We're tired and we're as broken down as we'll be all season, and it's tough to swim to your potential when you're fatigued. I think we learned a lot, and I think we'll build off this. We'll grow and be a better team in the long run. I thought they responded well, even though it was tough in the pool.
"I take my hat off to Bucknell," added Wender. "They were ready, and they were an inspired team today. Most of their top people are seniors, and they did a great job leading those guys today. I think, ultimately, we'll learn a lot from this and it'll help us down the road."
Nguyen (306.97) and freshman Zachary Woods (286.05) began the meet by sweeping the top two spots in the one-meter diving event. Nguyen then completed his sweep of the diving events by winning the three-meter discipline with a season-best score of 366.60 points. Woods recorded his second runner-up showing of the afternoon, racking up a personal-best score of 332.40 markers. Senior Matt Joiner made it an Army sweep of the top three positions in the three-meter event, taking third with a score of 280.43.
Freshman Will Viana authored three runner-up finishes in the pool to lead the Black Knights' swimmers. A day after winning three events versus Lehigh, Viana took second in the 200-yard freestyle (1:41.72), 200-yard backstroke (1:54.50) and 500-yard freestyle (4:45.91).
Junior Ayman Andrews captured Army's lone victory in the swimming events, topping the field in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 50.07. Andrews, who has emerged as Army's top breaststroker, also took home third-place honors in the 200-yard butterfly, touching the wall in 1:55.42.
Freshman Casey Woudenberg and junior Carter Kelly chipped in second-place finishes individually with Woudenberg taking the silver in the 1,000-yard freestyle (8:13.98) and Kelly finishing runner-up in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:09.56).
Senior Dan Borchik added third in the 200-yard freestyle (1:44.94), junior Bill McCarty placed third in the 100-yard freestyle (47.62), sophomore Kenny Yacynych recorded a third-place showing in the 100-yard backstroke (52.99) and freshman Joon Chung was third in the 100-yard breaststroke (59.90).
Army added a pair of second-place finishes in the relays. The Black Knights' quartet of Yacynych, Kelly, Andrews and junior Dan Foky finished second in the 200-yard medley relay, touching the wall in 1:34.40. Later, Army's foursome of Viana, Yacynych, McCarty and Foky placed runner-up in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:10.82).
Tran led the way for the Black Knight women, winning the 100-yard butterfly (58.20) and finishing second in the 50-yard freestyle (25.05). The third-year performer also teamed with senior Paige Brink and sophomores Lara Stouffer and Juliette Wallerstein to place runner-up in the 200-yard medley relay (1:51.00).
Stouffer added three top-three finishes individually, placing runner-up in the 100-yard backstroke (1:00.63) and 200-yard backstroke (2:10.70), while taking third in the 200-yard individual medley (2:15.65).
Brink chipped in a runner-up showing in the 200 IM (2:12.09) and a third-place effort in the 200-yard freestyle (1:56.61).
Elsewhere, junior Julianna Lynch placed third in the 200-yard backstroke (2:12.20) and freshman Sam Allen finished third in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:32.51)
Freshman Maggie Churchill finished third off the one-meter board (224.31) and sophomore Rita Snyder placed fourth off the three-meter board (228.22) to lead Army's contingent of divers.
The Black Knights return to action on Friday, Jan. 20, when they host Drexel at Crandall Pool. The non-conference dual meet is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
Meet Notes: The Army men fall to 21-5 all-time versus Bucknell ... the Black Knight women drop to 4-15 all-time versus the Bison.