Army Falls To UConn In First Road Meet

Plebe Ariana Bullard Breaks Pool Record in the 100-Yard Butterfly

Plebe Ariana Bullard Breaks Pool Record in the 100-Yard Butterfly

Oct. 26, 2013

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WEST POINT, N.Y.  – The Army swimming and diving teams both suffered a loss in a non-conference dual meet at Connecticut on Saturday afternoon at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium in Storrs, Conn. The Black Knight men were defeated by the Huskies, 192-107, while the Army women endured a 188-112 setback to UConn.

“There were several highlights in today’s meet and that includes Ariana Bullard,” said Army head coach Mickey Wender. “Ariana broke the pool record in the 100-yard butterfly today and that was incredible to watch. She was on the road for the first time and she is learning how to prepare and that includes handling a very spirited crowd like the one we saw today.

“I’d like to give all the credit in the world to UConn," Wender continued. "They were really ready for us and their performance has to be credited to their coaching staff. Today was a challenging day for us; it was the first time of the road for this young team and I think that we learned a lot. From here, we are going to make sure we build and grow from the experiences and continue to get better.”

The men’s team collected three first-place wins and was runner-up in four events in the loss. Sophomore Chris Szekely led the team, earning points in the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle. Szekely earned first-place honors in the 200 free touching the wall at 1:42.18. The sophomore standout capped a productive meet as he took the silver in the 100 free with a time of 46.20.

Senior Sam Mo added another gold with a first-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly. Mo was followed by fellow Black Knight teammate junior Michael Dustin who earned the bronze with a time of 51.83. The Black Knight senior also collected a third-place finish in the 100-yard breastroke touching the wall at 58.38.

Will Viana had a hand in two second-place victories for the Black Knights in the 200 fly (1:52.58) and 200 back (1:53.71). Senior counterpart Casey Woudenberg contributed in the pool for the Army as he collected two third-place wins in the 1000 and 500-yard freestyle races. Woudenberg swam for a time of 9:44.39 in the 1000 free and touched the wall at 4:46.59 in the 500 free.

Diver Josh Urnezis rounded out the men’s effort with a first-place victory off the 1-meter board and a second-place finish off the 3-meter board. Urnezis sprang for 264.52 points off the 1-meter and 240.75 off the 3-meter board in Saturday afternoon’s loss.

Freshman long distance swimmer Danielle Nuszkowski set the pace for the women’s team, successfully collecting two first-place wins in her respective races. In the meet’s first race, Nuzskowski made a statement as she clocked in at 10:30.83 and captured the gold in the 1000-yard freestyle for the Black Knights. The plebe went on to capture a second, first-place win in the 500 free touching the wall at 5:08.04.

Bullard continued to pose a threat for Army as she added too additional first-place victories versus UConn including breaking the pool record in the 100 fly. Bullard found her groove in the in the 200-yard butterfly posting a time of 2:05.72. The rookie proceeded to capture her second victory as she moved onto the 100-yard butterfly setting the record at 55.90. The 56.89 record was previously held by Rutgers’ K. Kessies who broke it in 2007.

Both Nuszkowski and Bullard were joined in the winners’ circle by classmates Megan Grier who took the gold in the 200 free (1:55.29) and silver in the 100 free (53.60), and Kelly Hamilton who was the runner-up in the 100 back (58.81).

Sophomore record-holders Natalie Beale and Molly Mucciarone added second place finishes. Beale swam for a time of 2:08.09 in the 200-yard backstroke, while Mucciarone finished second in the 50 free (23.77).

Senior co-captain Bre Davis and junior Maggie Churchill each scored points off the 1-meter board. Davis dove for 223.57 points and a fourth-place finish, and Churchill followed behind scoring 203.17. Senior Rita Snyder contributed off the 3-meter board taking a fourth-place finish with a score of 195.89. Davis also scored off the 3-meter board (194.69) taking a fifth-place finish.

Army will continue its road venture as the men’s team visits Columbia on Sunday, Nov. 17. The meet is set to begin at 1 p.m. Both teams will then head to Piscataway, N.J., for the three-day Frank Elm Tournament at Rutgers, Nov. 22-24.

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