Jan. 26, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The Army swimming and diving teams wrapped up their home slate on Saturday afternoon by hosting Patriot League foes Colgate and Lafayette in a triangular meet at Crandall Pool. The Black Knight men swept their conference rivals, while the Army women beat Lafayette and fell to Colgate.
The Army men (11-3, 5-1 PL) swept the diving disciplines and won nine of the first 10 events in the pool to cruise past both Colgate (182-89) and Lafayette (189-108). Senior Chris Nguyen took gold off both boards and Army broke the plebe record in the 200-yard medley relay to pace the Black Knights.
The Army women (7-8, 3-3 PL) totaled nine runner-up finishes en route to the split. The Black Knights defeated Lafayette, 224.5-75.5, but fell to Colgate, 214-86. Freshman Natalie Beale, junior Grace Hamilton and freshman Shannon Rogers each had a hand in three second-place showings to lead the Black Knights on the women's side.
The Black Knight men opened the meet on a high note as freshmen Pierre Archambeau, Sam Mo, Austin Kong and Chris Szekely teamed to win the 200-yard medley relay in a clocking of 1 minute, 33.79 seconds. The time shattered the previous plebe record, which had been on the books since 2011, by nearly three seconds.
Army continued its dominance in the pool as sophomore Casey Woudenberg won the 1,650-yard freestyle (16:22.48) and sophomore Tyler Sowell took gold in the 200 free (1:42.48). Junior Kenny Yacynych then won the 100-yard backstroke (52.46) and sophomore Joon Chung touched the wall first in the 100-yard breaststroke (58.34). Chung added a second win later in the meet when he claimed gold in the 200 back (1:57.18).
Sophomore Will Viana added a victory in the 200-yard butterfly (1:53.82), while freshman Adam Sjoholm won the 100-yard freestyle (47.03). Senior Carter Kelly posted a win in the 200-yard breaststroke, touching the wall in 2:08.41.
Nguyen led an Army sweep of the top five positions off the one-meter board, winning the event with a score of 312.30 points. The diving standout then led a Black Knight sweep of the top four spot off the three-meter board, posting a winning score of 306.10 points.
After the meet had been decided, the Black Knights swam exhibition over the final four races. Despite not being credited with first-place points, Army swimmers won all four events. Woudenberg took gold in the 500 free (4:46.57), sophomore Michael Dustin won the 100 fly (50.64) and Viana added a victory in the 200-yard individual medley (1:58.02). The Black Knights finished off the dominant performance by winning the 400-yard freestyle relay as the foursome of Dustin, Woudenberg, Chung and Viana teamed to clock a time of 3:11.11.
Beale placed second in both backstroke events, securing the silver in the 100 back (58.80) and 200 back (2:06.82). Hamilton produced runner-up showings in the 50 free (24.28) and 100 free (52.96). Rogers, meanwhile, was second in the 200 fly (2:10.28) and 500 free (5:11.21).
Beale, Hamilton and Rogers later teamed with junior Juliette Wallerstein to place second in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:37.73).
Sophomore Kristen Barta pitched in a second-place effort in the 200 breast, touching the wall in 2:25.78.
Junior Danielle Ullman led the Army women in the diving events, taking second off the three-meter board (242.75) and placing fourth off the one-meter (206.80).
The Black Knights return to action on Saturday, Feb. 2, when they travel to Lewisburg, Pa., to compete at the Bucknell Invitational. The event will serve as Army's final tune-up before returning to Lewisburg for the Patriot League Championships (Feb. 21-23).
Meet Notes: The Army men improve to 52-6-1 all-time versus Colgate and 10-0 all-time opposite Lafayette ... the Black Knight women are now 9-11 all-time versus the Raiders and 6-3 all-time against the Leopards ... Army's seniors were honored prior to the meet in a special Senior Day ceremony.