Oct. 19, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army swimming and diving team swept Massachusetts in a non-conference dual meet on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Crandall Pool. In a turn of events, the Black Knights overcame previous season losses from UMass and Boston University to open their 2013-14 season. The Army men captured a victory with a 197-97 decision to the Minutemen, while the Black Knight women captured their first win over the Minutewomen in a 163-137, since the 2005-06 start of the series.
"I am very proud of our performance, we swam very well today," said head coach Mickey Wender. "We have improved across all boards in our performance from two weeks ago. You cannot say enough good things about our wins today, they were solid from start to finish and our depth was what carried us through which gave us the victory. We had great leadership from our upperclassmen and our freshman were able to capture a multitude of first-place wins. I think we are in a very good place right now."
Army's men captured 11 of 13 events (sweeping the top three spots in four and going one-two in two others), then swam exhibition over the final three en route to stretching its unbeaten mark to 2-0.
Double winners Will Viana, Casey Woudenberg and triple winner Chris Szekely set the pace for the men's meet. Woudenberg touched first in the 1000 freestyle (9:52.16) and the 500 free, leading an Army sweep in his second race. Woudenberg beat Devin McCall by half a second, who was followed by Dan Ruckman (4:49.95) to round out the race.
Szekely led Army in three events including the 100, 200 and 50 freestyle events. Szekely lead an Army sweep in the 200 with a time of 1:42.92 touched the wall at 21.22 in the 50. The sophomore swimmer finished first in the 100 free with a time of 47.66 and was followed by Tyler Sowell who took the silver (47.84). McCall and Sowell followed in pursuit of second and third place, respectively, in the 200 free, while Woudenberg and Michael Dustin registered times of 21.74 and 21.83, respectively, for second and third-place finishes in the 50 free.
Viana also led a three man sweep in the 200 butterfly, touching the wall at 1:54.28. Teammates Zach Blackenbeker and Grayson Whitten followed only mere milliseconds behind taking silver and bronze with times of 1:54.36 and 1:55.80, respectively. Viana also contributed a time of 1:54.42 in his second race, the 200 backstroke which was good for the gold.
Joining the winners' circle were Colin Kanzari in the 200 breast (2:06.48), Kenneth Yacynych who led an Army sweep in the 100 back (52.37), Joon Chung in the 100 breast (58.15) and Sam Mo in the 100 fly (51.07).
Josh Urnezis rounded out the men's meet taking second-place off of both boards. Urnezis earned 262.42 off the one-meter board and 217.13 off the three-meter.
In the women's meet, Army was able to capture first-place victories in eight events, including both sprint medley relays, which helped but the Black Knights on top.
Plebe Megan Grier set the pace for the first Army victory of the meet in 200 free for the women's team touching the wall at 1:53.52. Grier also contributed points in the 100 free coming in at 52.97, one second faster than teammate Rachel Kim who took third. Ariana Bullard swam for two first-place finishes for the Black Knights. Bullard stood alone for Army in the 200 fly touching the wall at 2:04.93 and added another first-place in the 100 fly (2:04.93).
Fellow freshman teammates Kelly Hamilton and Danielle Nuszkowski also played a major role in Arm's win. Hamilton won her respective race in the 100 back with a time of 58.82 and added a second-place finish in the 200 back (2:07.02). Nuszkowski took silver in both long distance races, with a time of 10:28.64 in the 1000 free and 5:10.02 in the 500 free.
Army sophomores Molly Mucciarone and Natalie Beale topped of the first victory over Massachusetts with wins of their own. Mucciarone finished with a time of 24.53 in the 50 free while Beale touched the wall at 2:06.98 in the 200 back.
Army returns to action in Storrs, Conn., on Saturday, Oct. 26, for its first road meet versus Connecticut. The meet is set to start at 1 p.m., with complete results and recap to follow.