Nov. 10, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The Army swimming and diving teams split a non-conference dual meet versus Buffalo on Saturday afternoon at Crandall Pool. The Black Knight men took a 164.5-135.5 decision from the visiting Bulls, while the Army women suffered a 168-127 setback to UB.
Ayman Andrews took gold in both butterfly events, Chris Nguyen swept the diving disciplines and Chris Szekley won a pair of freestyle races to help the Army men run their perfect record to 5-0 on the season. The Black Knights won 10 of the 16 events contested en route to the victory.
Nat Beale swept the 100 and 200-yard backstroke events, and finished runner-up in the 200-yard individual medley to lead the Army women (3-3). Buffalo won 10 of the first 14 events before swimming exhibition over the final two.
"I'm very pleased with the performance of both teams today," said Army head coach Mickey Wender. "Our men's team continues to impress me with their toughness. I was really proud of the way our guys swam down the stretch today. Ayman Andrews was stellar for us; probably one of his best dual meets as a Black Knight. We were consistent across the board throughout the meet.
"The women did a great job competing, especially in the second half of the meet," added Wender. "The team really showed a lot of character today. I thought we showed toughness and stayed focus throughout the day, and I'm proud of them."
Andrews swept both butterfly disciplines for the second consecutive meet, touching the wall first in the 100 fly (49.02) and 200 fly (1:51.16). Nguyen, who continues to dominate the diving events, was victorious off both the one-meter (314.32 points) and three-meter (355.95) boards. Teammate Zachary Woods finished runner-up off the one-meter board, piling up 283.95 markers.
Szekely, meanwhile, won both the 100 free (46.65) and 500 free (4:41.54) and placed second in the 200 free (1:41.77). Casey Woudenberg also excelled in the freestyle events, winning the 1,000 free (9:42.19) and finishing runner-up in the 500 free (4:42.60).
Joon Chung was productive in the breaststroke events, winning the 100 breast (58.22) and placing second in the 200 breast (2:09.79). Teammate Sam Mo took gold in the 200 breast, touching the wall in 2:06.61.
Will Viana rounded out Army's list of winners on the men's side, taking gold in the 200-yard individual medley (1:55.45).
Beale won the 100 back with a time 58.62 to nip teammate Lara Stouffer by 1.17 seconds for Army's first win of the meet. The first-year swimmer then took the 200 back in clocking 2:07.69, this time edging Stouffer (2.08.93) and Keeli McNeary (2:12.59) for first place. Beale closed out the meet by finishing runner-up in the 200 IM with a time of 2:09.42.
Fellow freshman Molly Mucciarone won the 100 fly, touching the wall in 56.68 after finishing second in the 100 free (53.55). Kristina Muller added a second-place showing in the 100 fly (59.20).
Army returns to Crandall Pool next Saturday, Nov. 17, when the Black Knights welcome the Columbia men and the LIU Post women to West Point for a pair of dual meets. The action is set to get under way at 5 p.m.