Oct. 19, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. -
The Army swimming and diving teams split a dual meet at Massachusetts on Friday evening at Joseph Rogers Pool. The Black Knight men defeated the Minutemen, 172-123, while the Army women dropped a 170-122 decision to UMass.
Chris Nguyen, Joon Chung, Casey Woudenberg and Chris Szekely each won a pair of individual events to lead the Army men, who improve to 3-0 on the season.
Nat Beale collected three individual victories in the pool, and Molly Mucciarone had a hand in a pair of wins to pace the Black Knight women (3-1).
"Our guys really put forth a gutsy performance tonight," said Army head coach Mickey Wender. "We competed with a lot of heart and a lot of passion, and that was really exciting to see. A lot of different guys stepped up throughout the meet, and I think it says a lot about who we are as a team.
"Our women had an excellent second half of the meet," continued Wender. "We dug ourselves a little bit of a hole early on, but we never gave up and I thought we did a nice job in the areas where we were able to capitalize and score points."
Nguyen swept the diving events, taking gold off both the one-meter (315.30) and three-meter (305.85) boards. Chung, meanwhile, outswam the competition in both breaststroke events, winning the 100 breast with a clocking of 59.01, and securing gold in the 200 breast (2:08.40).
Woudenberg, who has emerged as one of Army's top distance freestyle specialists, won both the 500 free (4:40.94) and 1,000 free (9:49.59). Szekely, swimming in just his second collegiate meet, beat the field in both the 100 free (47.39) and 200 free (1:42.47).
Zach Blankenbeker chipped in a victory in the 200 fly (1:54.32), while Will Viana took gold in the 200 back (1:52.78). Elsewhere, Kenny Yacynych and Michael Dustin tied for first in the 100 fly with both swimmers touching the wall in 52.06.
Beale, who was named Patriot League Female Swimmer of the Week following her first collegiate meet two weeks ago, continued her dominance in the pool for the Army women. The first-year standout swept the backstroke events, winning both the 100 back (58.99) and 200 back (2:07.59). Her time in the 100 back ranks ninth all-time at Army. She finished the meet by chipping in a third win in the 200 IM (2:11.43).
Mucciarone, meanwhile, won the 100 free (53.03) and teamed with Kristen Barta, Shannon Rogers and Grace Hamilton to take gold in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:36.51). Mucciarone also added a runner-up showing in the 100 fly, finishing the race in a time of 56.95.
Army returns to action on Friday, Oct. 26, when the Black Knights host Connecticut in a non-conference dual meet. The events are slated to get under way from Crandall Pool beginning at 6 p.m.