Army Authors Strong Performance On Senior Day

Will Viana

Will Viana

Jan. 21, 2012


WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army swimming and diving teams closed out their home schedule in style on Saturday afternoon at Crandall Pool as the Black Knights fared well in a quad-meet versus American, George Mason and Old Dominion.

The Army men (10-3, 2-2 PL) won four events and posted 18 top-three finishes en route to sweeping all three visiting schools. The Black Knights defeated American, 222-77, George Mason, 196-104, and Old Dominion, 166-132.

The Army women (5-8-1, 2-2 PL) won a pair of events and authored a total of nine top-three performance in posting a 1-1-1 mark. The Black Knights defeated American (219-74), tied George Mason (150-150) and fell to Old Dominion (194-106).

Army sixth-year head coach Mickey Wender was extremely happy with the performance of both of his squads against a trio of talented opponents.

"It was a great day for both our men and our women," said Wender. "I am so proud and excited for them. They came out today and showed a lot of toughness. They competed with tremendous heart and a lot of passion. I was especially impressed with how well our women performed against a very good George Mason team. I thought our plebes really stepped up on the men's side. Will Viana had as good a day as we've had all year. All in all, we are exactly where we want to be at this point in the season."

Viana led the way for the Black Knight men, finishing runner-up in three individual events and helping Army to a 1-2 finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay as well. The first-year swimmer from Stuttgart, Germany, began the day by placing second in the 200-yard freestyle with a clocking of 1 minute, 42.00 seconds. Viana then added second-place finishes in the 200-yard backstroke (1:52.46) and 400-yard individual medley (4:06.48).

Then, in the final event of the day, Viana teamed with senior Dan Borchik, sophomore Daniel Ruckman and freshman Casey Woudenberg to take the silver in the 400 free relay (3:10.29).

Sophomore Kenny Yacynych had a hand in four top-three finishes as well. The versatile second-year swimmer began the meet by teaming with juniors Carter Kelly, Ayman Andrews and Dan Foky to place runner-up in the 200-yard medley relay (1:34.47).

Yacynych then finished third in both the 100-yard backstroke (53.10) and 100-yard freestyle (48.00), before teaming with Foky, junior Bill McCarty and freshman Michael Dustin to win the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:09.22).

Other winners in the pool for the Army men included freshman Spencer LeeMurakami in the 200-yard butterfly (1:53.82) and Andrews in the 100-yard butterfly (49.96).

Junior Chris Nguyen led the Black Knights in the diving events, winning the three-meter competition (343.05) and placing runner-up off the one-meter board (300.25).

McCarty and Woudenberg both turned in second-place showings as well with McCarty taking the silver in the 100-yard freestyle (47.59) and Woudenberg finishing runner-up in the 500-yard freestyle (4:42.00).

Dustin chipped in a third-place effort in the 100-yard butterfly, touching the wall in 51.96. Kelly added a third-place showing in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:09.90).

Freshman Zachary Woods took third in both diving events, earning the bronze off the one-meter board (267.05) and placing third in the three-meter competition (306.70).

Senior Paige Brink and junior Alyssa Tran each had a hand in three top-three finishes to pace the Army women.

Brink won the 100-yard freestyle (53.09) and placed third in the 200-yard butterfly (2:08.36), before teaming with junior Julianna Lynch, sophomore Juliette Wallerstein and freshman Meghan Buckley to finish runner-up in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:38.54).

Tran finished second in both the 50-yard freestyle (24.52) and 100-yard butterfly (58.24), while also teaming with sophomore Grace Hamilton and freshmen Kristina Muller and Keeli McNeary to take third in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:39.56).

Sophomore diver Danielle Ullman won the one-meter event (214.75), while freshman Maggie Churchill placed runner-up off the three-meter board (214.20). Sophomore Rita Snyder added a third-place effort off the three-meter board, piling up 207.75 markers.

Army returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 28, when the Black Knights travel to Hamilton, N.Y., to face Patriot League rivals Colgate and Lafayette in a tri-meet. The action is set to get under way beginning at 1 p.m.

Meet Notes: Army honored its seniors in a special ceremony prior to the start of today's meet ... the Army men improve to 10-1 all-time versus American, 7-0 all-time opposite George Mason and 4-3 all-time against Old Dominion ... the Black Knight men are now 8-2 all-time versus American, 0-6-1 all-time against George Mason and 1-5-1 all-time opposite Old Dominion.

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