Feb. 19, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army men and women swimming and diving teams shattered three academy relay records on the opening day of the annual Patriot League Championships. Both squads shattered school records in the 200-yard medley and 800-yard freestyle relays in the 10 team meet being held in Leujene Hall at the United States Naval Academy.
The Army men are tied for second with Boston University following Day One as the Black Knights and Terries have each accumulated 66 points behind Navy (80) in the team standings. Bucknell (60) in the fourth-place followed by Lehigh (56), Lafayette (50), American (46), Colgate (44), Loyola (40) and Holy Cross (28).
The Black Knights women, meanwhile, reside in third place with Bucknell after both teams have piled up 88 points on the opening day of competition. Navy (108) leads on the women's side, followed by Boston University (104). Loyola (66), Colgate (64), American (51), Lafayette (44), Lehigh (32) and Holy Cross (32) round out the bottom half of the 10-team field.
Seniors Danielle Ullman and Rita Snyder each placed in the top-eight off the three-meter board on Wednesday night. Ullman took a fifth-place finish with a score of 233.15, while Snyder rounded out the divers in eighth with a score of 212.00.
The quartet of sophomores Sam Mo and Chris Szekely and juniors Michael Dustin and Dion Hart got Army off to a strong start as the foursome opened the evening by placing runner-up in the 200-yard medley relay, recording a time of 1 minute and 27.90 seconds, only .45 seconds behind Navy.
The Army women also had an impressive performance in the 200-yard medley relay as the foursome of freshman Kelly Hamilton, Ariana Bullard, Jessica Burkett and sophomore Molly Mucciarone recorded a second-place finish. With a time of 1:42.14, the Black Knights set an academy record, set in December of 2013.
To close out the day, two additional school records were set by both the men and women in the 800-yard freestyle relay. For the women, freshmen Danielle Nuszkowski and Megan Grier, sophomore Natalie Beale and junior Krista Barta authored a seventh place finish with a time of 7:31.13. While, the team of Szekely, freshman Devin McCall, junior Will Viana and senior Dan Ruckman finished third posting a time of 6:37.18.
Army continues competition at the Patriot League Championships on Thursday, Feb. 20. The preliminaries are slated for 10:30 a.m., while finals are set for 6 p.m.