Feb. 18, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
Senior Paige Brink and junior Chris Nguyen both won individual events to lead the Army swimming and diving teams on the final day of competition at the 2012 Patriot League Championships Saturday evening inside Lejeune Hall on the campus of the United States Naval Academy.
Nguyen completed a sweep of the diving events as the third-year standout took gold off the three-meter board with a score of 372.55. Nguyen, who recorded an Academy-record score of 393.15 points during the preliminaries, earned Patriot League Diver of the Meet honors for the second year in a row.
The Black Knight men accrued 534.5 points to finish in third place as a team. Navy won its ninth straight conference title as the Midshipmen racked up 1029.5 markers. Bucknell (638.5) placed a distant runner-up, followed by Army. Lehigh (460), American (271.5), Colgate (262), Lafayette (164) and Holy Cross (123) rounded out the eight-team field.
Junior Ayman Andrews placed fourth in the 200-yard butterfly, completing the race in 1:49.55. Sophomore Wesley Trumbauer finished 10th in the 200 fly with a clocking of 1:52.97.
Freshman Will Viana, who was named the Patriot League Male Rookie of the Meet, tied his own Academy record in the 200-yard backstroke. The first-year swimmer touched the wall in 1:49.83 to place sixth overall. Two other Black Knights scored points in the 200 back with senior Chuck Zhou (1:53.86) and freshman Tyler Sowell (1:57.93) placing 12th and 15th, respectively.
Freshman Casey Woudenberg finished seventh in the 1650-yard freestyle with a personal-best time of 16:00.54. The clocking ranks as the 10th-fastest in Academy history.
Junior Carter Kelly took seventh in the 200-yard breaststroke with the eighth-fastest time in Academy history (2:04.48). Freshman Joon Chung also recorded a personal best in the 200 breast, touching the wall in 2:05.48. Senior Sam Lough added a 15th-place showing in the 200 breast (2:08.02).
Junior Bill McCarty chipped in with a 10th-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle, touching the wall in a career-best time of 45.94. Senior Dan Borchik was 16th in the 100 free with a clocking of 47.28.
Army's men's divers occupied five of the top-eight spots with freshman Zachary Woods (293.50), freshman Josh Urnezis (272.40), junior Chad Drake (271.15) and senior Evan Walsh (269.90) sweeping the fifth through eighth spots.
The Black Knights' foursome of Viana, Borchik, McCarty and junior Dan Foky closed out the night by placing third in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:02.55).
Brink led the Army women for the third consecutive day, winning the 100-yard freestyle in an Academy-record time of 50.74. The fourth-year swimmer later teamed with junior Alyssa Tran and sophomores Grace Hamilton and Juliette Wallerstein to shatter the school standard in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:28.57).
The Army women improved on last season's fifth-place finish by placing fourth this year. The Black Knights piled up 422.5 points and finished within the top half of the four-team field. Army's fourth-place finish is its best showing since placing fourth in 2007. The Black Knights' point total is the program's highest since the 2005 squad posted 446 points.
Navy won the conference crown as the host Mids accumulated 933.5 points. Colgate (692.5) finished runner-up, while Bucknell (593) took home third-place honors. Lehigh (317.5), Lafayette (217), American (213) and Holy Cross (116) rounded out the field.
A total of four Black Knights scored points in the 100 free with Hamilton (53.07), Tran (53.09) and Wallerstein (53.50) placing 13th, 14th and 15th, respectively.
Freshman Keeli McNeary capped an outstanding weekend by taking fourth in the 200-yard backstroke, clocking the second-fastest time in Academy history (2:02.54). Sophomore Lara Stouffer (2:07.36) and freshman Meghan Buckley (2:07.57) finished 11th and 15th, respectively, in the 200 back.
Freshman Sam Allen recorded a sixth-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke, touching the wall in 2:22.47. Freshman Kristen Barta added a 14th-place effort in the 200 breast with the 10th-best time in Army annals (2:25.78).
The Black Knights had two swimmers score points in the 1650-yard freestyle with freshmen Audrey Brown (17:33.92) and Josie Antilla (17:41.24) placing 12th and 14th, respectively. Antilla's time represents a personal best.
Sophomore Danielle Ullman led Army's divers, placing fifth off the one-meter board with a personal-best score of 225.50 points. Classmate Rita Snyder added a seventh-place finish, totaling 219.05 markers.
"Although we didn't accomplish all of our goals, I am extremely proud of this team," said Army head coach Mickey Wender. "I was very happy with the leadership of our seniors; they did a tremendous job of leading this team throughout this weekend and all season long. I am so impressed with the job of our plebes as well; they stepped up all year long. I am most proud of the integrity of our team. This group accomplished a lot this season."
Army returns to competition next weekend (Feb. 24-26) when the Black Knights return to Annapolis, Md., for the ECAC Championships.
Championship Notes: Dan Borchik clocked a personal-best time of 46.4 during the preliminaries of the 100-yard freestyle ... Evan Walsh posted a career-best score of 278.35 during the preliminaries of the three-meter diving event ... Meghan Buckley clocked the fifth-best time in Academy history during the preliminaries of the 200-yard backstroke ... Sam Allen clocked the second-fastest time in Academy history during the preliminaries of the 200-yard breaststroke.