Jan. 25, 2014
FARIFAX, VA. –The Army men’s swimming and diving team picked up a pair of Patriot League wins over American and Boston University in posting a 3-0 mark sweeping a quadrangular hosted by George Mason, while the women’s swimming and diving team posted a 1-2 mark at the meet.
The Black Knight men romped over American (252-46) and George Mason 9219-81), along with a 177-121 win over Boston University. On the women’s side, Army defeated American (227-73), but fell to the Terriers (176-119) and Patriots (175-125).
“Very good preparation for our conference championship,” said Army head coach Mickey Wender. “I thought the men were as tough and as inspired as I have seen them and they capped off a great dual meet season with three wins on the day. I was really impressed with how they rallied in the back end of the meet, coming off a very tight first have. There were a lot of wins and a lot of great swims all around, as well as our divers being solid on the day. I think for our women it was more of a learning experience. We tried some different things and learned a lot against three very competitive teams. We are certainly going to build on this and prepare for the conference meet in two weeks.”
In the men’s meet, sophomore freestyler Chris Szekely was a triple winner, touching first in the 200 free (1:41.71), 50 free (21.1) and 100 free (46.06), along with swimming the anchor leg on the 400-yard medley relay that finished runner-up.
Overall, the men collected eight firsts and 10 second-place finishes. Also joining the winners circle was Casey Woudenberg in the 500 free, clocking in at 4:40.26, Kenny Yacynych with a time of 50.56 in the Joshua Urnezis off the 3-meter board, scoring 313.55 points, Will Viana touching the wall at 4:03.85 in the 400 IM 4:03.85 and Zachary Woods off the one-meter board with 333.05 points.
Woods, who was runner-up on the 3-meter board (288.40), led an Army sweep on the one-meter with Urnezis placing second with 302.35 points and Aidan Scribbick third scoring 281.3 points. Yacynych finished second in the 100 back, clocking in at 51.2, and Viana was runner-up in the 200 fly (152.29) and third in the 200 back (1:53.23).
Also posting second-place finishes were Alex Dempsey, 200 back (1:53.23), Casey Woudenberg,1650 free (16:18.25), Joon Chung, 200 breast (2:07.49), Devin McCall, 50 free (4:41.68), Samuel Mo, 100 butterfly (50.82). Joining Szekely on Army’s 400 medley relay that finished second to Boston University were Mo, Chung and Michael Dustin in combining for a time of 3:24.17.
In the women’s meet, sophomore Molly Mucciarone was a double winner for the Black Knights, touching first in the 50-yard free with a time of 23.86 and the 100 fly (57.2), Mucciarone also swam the third leg on Army’s 400-yard medley relay that posted a time of 2:06.02 in placing third.
Jessica Burkett was first in the 400 IM touching the wall at 4:33.83, along with placing second in the 100 breast with a time of 1:08.02. Army’s 400 free relay team finished runner-up (3:37.89) led by Natalie Beale, Kelly Hamilton, Grace Hamilton and Megan Grier.
Taking thirds were Kristen Bara in the 200 breaststroke (2:25.8), Kate Kinley in the 400 IM (4:38.67) and Rita Snyder, one-meter board (239.6).
Turning in Army’s top times in the other events were Danielle Nuszkowski, 1650 free (17:40.97) and 500 free (5:09.61), Kristen Barta, 200 free (1:54.95), Kelly Hamilton, 100 back (59.0), Kelsey Rebelez, 200 (2:11.41) and 100 (59.92) fly, Snyder three-meter (233.2) board, Rachel Kim, 100 free (54.63) and Beale, 200 back (2:08.37).
Both teams will return to action next weekend, Saturday, Feb. 1 as they will compete in the Navy Invitational in Annapolis Md. Details on next weekend’s meet will available on goARMYsports.com prior to the event.