Nov. 19, 2011
NEW YORK -
Freshman Joon Chung was a double winner and fellow plebe Will Viana had a hand in a pair of wins, but it was not enough to prevent the Army men's swimming and diving team from suffering its first defeat of the season as the Black Knights fell to Columbia, 171-124, at Uris Pool Saturday afternoon.
The loss snapped Army's five-meet unbeaten streak in dropping to 5-1. The Lions, meanwhile, improve to 2-1.
Army and Columbia split the first six events down the middle with junior diver Chris Nguyen winning the three-meter (317.7 points), Viana touching first in the 200-yard freestyle in one minute, 41.83 seconds, and Chung leading a one-two Army finish in the 100-yard breaststroke (59.00).
Columbia captured the next seven events (10 of 16 overall) to build an insurmountable lead en route to defeating the Black Knights.
Army captured the final three events with junior Ayman Andrews besting the field in the 100-yard butterfly (50.15), Chung claiming his second win of the night with a 1:57.80 clocking in leading a sweep of the top three spots in the 200-yard individual medley, along with claiming the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Junior Dan Foky, who was second in the 50 free (21.52), swam leadoff on the relay with sophomore Kenny Yacynych and Viana swimming the middle legs and senior Byron Plapp the anchor leg as that foursome combined for a winning 3:09.26 clocking.
Viana also posted third-place finishes in the 200 back (1:54.92) and 500 free (4:43.78) with Nguyen finishing second on the one-meter board (292.12 points). In addition to winning two events, Chung was second in the 200 breast, just four-tenths of a second behind the winner with a 2:08.80 clocking.
Army was also second in the 200-yard medley relay (1:33.69), while junior Carter Kelly took runner-up honors behind Chung in the 100 breaststroke (59.14).
"This was a hard-fought loss for our guys," said Army head coach Mickey Wender. "It's never fun to lose, but we swam well against a very good Columbia team today. We are definitely where we need to be as we enter a big part of our schedule with the Navy meet on the horizon.
"I thought Chris Nguyen was outstanding again off the boards and Joon Chung and Will Viana continue to impress," added Wender. "I was also especially pleased with what we got out of our breaststrokers; they really had a big day."
Army returns to action Dec. 2-4 at the Zippy Invitational in Akron, Ohio. The Black Knights' divers will also travel to the Big Al Diving Invitational (Dec. 1-4) in Princeton, N.J. Those events will serve as the team's final tune-ups prior to the Army-Navy meet on Dec. 8