Oct. 26, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The Army swimming and diving teams split a non-conference dual meet versus Connecticut on Friday evening at Crandall Pool. The Black Knight men defeated the Huskies, 167.5-132.5, while the Army women suffered a 174-126 setback to UConn.
Ayman Andrews had a hand in three victories in the pool, and Chris Nguyen swept the diving events to pace the Army men, who remain undefeated at 4-0. The Black Knights and Huskies split the 16 events with each squad posting eight victories, but Army's 10 runner-up finishes proved to be the difference in the competitive meet.
"Both relays were stellar for us tonight, and I thought that winning the medley relay right off the bat really set the tone for our men," said Army head coach Mickey Wender. "UConn is a scrappy and spirited team, and they always bring out the best in us. It was a close meet all the way to the end, and I'm pleased with the way we closed it out. Ayman (Andrews) was great today, and I thought he led the way for a strong performance from all of our flyers. This meet is a good measuring stick, and we'll continue to improve as the season progresses."
Nat Beale had a hand in four victories in the pool, and Molly Mucciarone was a part of three wins to pace the Black Knight women (3-2). Army won seven of the 16 events, but UConn was able to hold off the upstart Black Knights to secure the victory in a hard-fought meet.
"The women's meet was actually a lot closer than the final score might indicate," said Wender. "I am proud of the way our women battled throughout. It was a streaky meet for both team, and we certainly capitalized on the events where we needed to. Nat (Beale) and Molly (Mucciarone) both continue to impress us with their ability to step up and win races. Overall, I'm pleased with the effort and the fact we were able to post some good times. I look forward to watching this group as it continues to grow and get better."
Andrews began the meet by teaming with Kenny Yacynych, Carter Kelly and Dan Foky to win the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:33.92. Andrews went on to sweep the butterfly events, taking gold in both the 100 fly (46.69) and 200 fly (1:53.30).
Nguyen, the reigning Patriot League Diver of the Week, swept diving events for the second consecutive meet. He coasted to victory off the one-meter board, piling up 310.20 points and winning by nearly 60 markers. Nguyen capped his productive evening by taking gold off the three-meter board (314.55).
Chris Szekely added a victory in the 200-yard freestyle, touching the wall in 1:42.45. Sam Mo clinched the meet for the Army men in the penultimate event as the freshman outswam the field in the 200 IM (1:54.29).
The Black Knights finished the meet in style as the quartet of Szekely, Casey Woudenberg, Michael Dustin and Foky teamed to win the 400-yard freestyle relay in a clocking of 3:05.86.
Beale, who continues to impress during her freshman campaign, began the night by teaming with Jess Fabrizio, Mucciarone and Grace Hamilton to take gold in the 200-yard medley relay (1:49.35). Beale then went on to post victories in the 100 back (59.22), 200 back (2:06.01) and 200 IM (2:10.40).
Mucciarone, meanwhile, recorded individual wins in the 100 free (53.09) and 100 fly (57.05). Her clocking in the 100 fly ranks as the fourth-fastest time in Academy history.
Army wrapped up the night by winning the 400-yard freestyle relay as the foursome of Hamilton, Juliette Wallerstein, Kristen Barta and Shannon Rogers completed the race in 3:38.28.
Army returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 10, when the Black Knights host Buffalo in a non-conference dual meet. The first events are scheduled to get under way from Crandall Pool beginning at 12 p.m.