Army Continues To Excel At PL Championships

Colin Kanzari

Colin Kanzari

Feb. 22, 2013


LEWISBURG, Pa. - Freshman Molly Mucciarone shattered the Academy record in the 100-yard butterfly, and both Army swimming and diving squads broke school standards in the 800-yard freestyle relay as the Black Knights wrapped up Day Two at the Patriot League Championships Friday evening at Kinney Natatorium.

The Army men, who also broke the Academy record in the 200-yard medley relay, remain in second place following the second day of competition. The Black Knights have racked up 436 points and sit behind Navy (655 points) in the team standings. Bucknell (359.5 points) is in third place, followed by Lehigh (275.5), American (181), Colgate (145), Lafayette (120) and Holy Cross (99).

The Black Knight women, meanwhile, maintain their spot in fourth place in the team standings with 360 points through two days of action. Navy leads on the women's side with 534 points, followed by Colgate (445) and Bucknell (421). Lehigh (219) is in fifth place, followed by Lafayette (126), Holy Cross (94) and American (72).

"I am so excited about the progress both teams have shown so far this weekend," said Army head coach Mickey Wender. "I love the energy and enthusiasm that we're seeing from everyone; it's truly a team-first mentality with both groups."

Mucciarone, who had a hand in establishing a pair of Academy records yesterday, broke the school mark in the 100-yard butterfly by placing runner-up with a clocking of 54.88 seconds. The first-year performer was one of four Army swimmers to score points in the 100 fly as junior Juliette Wallerstein (57.12), sophomore Kristina Muller (57.46) and sophomore Haileigh Phillips (58.38) placed eighth, ninth and 14th, respectively.

"Molly is such a gamer, and she has really stepped up for us this weekend," said Wender. "To break another Academy record and place second in the 100 fly is a great accomplishment for her."

The Black Knights also broke an Army mark in the final event of the night as the foursome of freshman Natalie Beale, freshman Shannon Rogers, junior Grace Hamilton and sophomore Kristen Barta teamed to eclipse the Academy standard in the 800-yard freestyle relay. The quartet clocked a time of 7:31.77 to place third overall and break the previous school record by nearly three seconds.

Sophomore Sam Allen authored a sixth-place showing in the 400-yard individual medley, touching the wall in the second-fastest time in Army history (4:28.84). Freshman Kate Kinley chipped in an eighth-place effort in the 400 IM (4:30.45) after shattering the Army plebe record and moving into third place on the Academy's all-time ledger with her clocking of 4:29.00 during the preliminaries.

Sophomores Audrey Brown (4:33.23) and Kelsey Rebelez (4:33.80) finished eighth, 15th and 16th, respectively, in the 400 IM. Brown's time ranks as the seventh-best in Academy history, while Rebelez's lists eighth.

Allen, who authored a total of three top-eight finishes on the evening, added an eighth-place effort in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:06.09). She also teamed with Beale, Mucciarone and Phillips to take fourth in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:45.38.

"Sam Allen had an outstanding day for us," said Wender. "She stepped up during the preliminaries and qualified for two finals, which was huge. I am proud of her."

Barta went on to win the consolation final and place ninth overall in the 200-yard freestyle, touching the wall in the fourth-best time in Army history (1:52.35). Rogers finished 10th in the 200 free (1:52.67) after clocking the seventh-fastest time in Academy annals in the preliminaries (1:52.39). Hamilton added a 15th-place showing in the 200 free (1:53.92).

Beale paced the Black Knight women in the 100-yard backstroke, placing eighth with a time of 57.30. Sophomore Keeli McNeary (57.98) and junior Lara Stouffer (58.23) finished 12th and 14th, respectively, in the 100 back.

Juniors Danielle Ullman and Breawna Davis led the Army divers on Day Two as both scored points for the Black Knights off the one-meter board. Ullman finished seventh with 210.60 markers, while Davis placed eighth (198.25).

The Army men bookended the night with Academy records as the squad shattered school marks in a pair of relays. They began the evening session by breaking the Academy record in the 200-yard medley relay as the quartet of junior Kenny Yacynych, senior Carter Kelly, senior Ayman Andrews and senior Dan Foky posted a time of 1:30.39 to finish second.

The Black Knights then capped their evening in style by eclipsing the Academy record in the 800-yard freestyle relay. The foursome of freshman Chris Szekely, sophomore Casey Woudenberg, freshman Adam Sjoholm and junior Daniel Ruckman clocked a time of 6:40.71 to place runner-up and shatter the previous Army standard, which was set in 2007.

Army excelled in the 100-yard butterfly as sophomore Michael Dustin (48.62) and Andrews (48.63) placed second and third, respectively. Dustin's clocking ranks as the third-fastest time in Army history. Yacynych (49.90) and Foky (50.10) finished seventh and 11th, respectively in the 100 fly.

Yacynych added a seventh-place showing in the 100-yard backstroke (51.36) after breaking his own Academy record during the preliminaries (50.39).

"Kenny Yacynych is just as steady as they come," said Wender. "He just went out and shattered his school record in the 100 back and continues to impress."

Freshmen Richard Xue (4:00.22) and Sam Mo (4:02.59) finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 400-yard individual medley. Xue's time ranks as the fifth best in Army history, while Mo's clocking in the preliminaries (4:01.94) lists sixth.

Szekely posted a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle, recording a time of 1:38.49. Three other Army swimmers scored points in the 200 free as Ruckman (1:40.22), Woudenberg (1:40.52) and Sjoholm (1:40.88) placed ninth, 10th and 12th, respectively.

The Army men also swam well in the 100-yard breaststroke as four Black Knights placed within the top 15. Sophomore Joon Chung led Army's contingent by finishing sixth with the fifth-best time in Army history (56.28). Senior Carter Kelly finished eighth (56.42) after clocking the fourth-best time in Academy annals (56.07) during the preliminaries.

Freshman Colin Kanzari (56.45) and junior Ben Quay (57.29) placed ninth and 11th, respectively, in the 100 breast. Kanzari's time establishes an Army plebe record and lists ninth on the program's all-time ledger, while Quay's time of 56.94 during the preliminaries ranks 10th.

Army will conclude competition at the Patriot League Championships on Saturday, Feb. 23. The preliminaries are set for 10:30 a.m., while finals are scheduled for 6 p.m.

Meet Notes: Juliette Wallerstein moved into fifth place all-time at Army in the 100 fly after clocking a time of 56.67 in the preliminaries ... Kristina Muller moved into sixth place all-time at Army in the 100 fly after clocking a time of 57.35 in the preliminaries ... Haileigh Phillips moved into seventh place all-time at Army in the 100 fly after clocking a time of 57.98 in the preliminaries.

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