Dec. 1, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Army women broke two more Academy relay records, and senior Ayman Andrews shattered his own school standard in the 100-yard butterfly to lead the Black Knights on Day Two at the Brown Big Bear Open on Saturday night.
The Army men collected eight top-five finishes to maintain their hold on third place following the second day of competition. With 533.5 points, the Black Knights are less than 15 markers behind Dartmouth (548) for second place. Princeton continues to lead the men's meet with 704 points. Brown (345.5), Columbia (339.5) and Rider (173.5) occupy the fourth, fifth, and sixth positions, respectively.
Freshman Nat Beale, who swam on both of Army's record-setting relays and turned in a top-10 finish in the 100-yard backstroke, helped the Black Knight women hold onto fifth place with 251 points. Princeton has run away with the competition on the women's side as the Tigers have racked up 723 points heading into Sunday's action. Yale (569) resides in second place, followed by Brown (436), Dartmouth (396) and Army. New Hampshire (190), Rider (90) and Columbia (64) round out the eight-team field.
"Our women have broken four relay records at this meet, and that is a testament to how hard they have worked," said Army head coach Mickey Wender. "I could not be more proud of the way they have performed over the past two days, and I am looking forward to tomorrow.
"I thought our men's team turned in another solid performance," added Wender. "I am most proud of the way they have improved from session to session, and I expect for that to continue on Sunday. We are locked in a good battle with Dartmouth for second place, and tomorrow should be exciting."
Beale, who broke the plebe record in the 200-yard individual medley and shattered the Academy standard in the 100-yard backstroke yesterday, placed ninth in the 100 back today. She won the "B" final with a clocking of 56.66 seconds.
Beale's huge night began in the 200-yard medley relay when she teamed with sophomore Kristen Barta, freshman Molly Mucciarone and junior Juliette Wallerstein to place fourth in with a school-record time of 1:44.92. Beale then closed the evening by joining with Barta, Wallerstein and junior Grace Hamilton to finish sixth in the 800-yard freestyle relay with an Army-record clocking of 7:34.56.
Beale also tied Hamilton for 17th place in the 200-yard freestyle as both swimmers touched the wall in the fourth-fastest time in Academy annals (1:52.37). Barta took 16th in the 200 free (1:53.12) after clocking the sixth-best time in Army history during the preliminaries (1:52.48).
Mucciarone added a seventh-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly (55.38) after clocking the second-fastest time in school history during the preliminaries (55.18). Wallerstein finished 21st in the 100 fly with the fifth-best clocking in Army history (57.00). Sophomore Kristina Muller chipped in a 23rd-place effort in that same event (57.47) after recording the sixth-fastest time in Academy history during the preliminaries (57.38).
Sophomores Audrey Brown (4:32.67) and Sam Allen (4:34.16) placed 13th and 15th, respectively, in the 400-yard individual medley. Brown's time ranks as the sixth-best in Army history. Freshman Kate Kinley, meanwhile, won the "C" final and placed 17th overall in that event with the fourth-fastest time in Academy history (4:31.52)
Junior Lara Stouffer (58.53) and sophomore Keeli McNeary (58.62) finished 15th and 16th, respectively, in the 100 back. Elsewhere, junior Jessica Clay swam to a 17th-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:07.48).
Andrews kick-started the evening on the men's side by teaming with senior Dan Foky, sophomore Joon Chung and freshman Pierre Archambeau to place fourth in the 200-yard medley relay (1:31.61). Andrews then placed runner-up in his signature event - the 100 fly - with a clocking of 48.00. He shattered his own Academy record and met the NCAA "B" cut with his time in the preliminaries (47.76).
Sophomore Michael Dustin chipped in a sixth-place showing in the 100 fly (49.49) after clocking the ninth-fastest time in Army history during the preliminaries (49.44). Junior Kenny Yacynych was 12th in the 100 fly (50.70).
Chung excelled individually as well, finishing third in the 100-yard breaststroke with the seventh-best clocking in Academy annals (56.65). Freshman Sam Mo (57.06) and junior Ben Quay (57.81) finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 100 breast. Mo clocked the eighth-fastest time in Army history during the preliminaries, touching the wall in 57.01. Junior Carter Kelly placed runner-up in the "B" final and placed 10th overall in the 100 fly with the ninth-best time in Academy history (57.06). Freshman Colin Kanzari added an 11th-place finish in that same event (57.41).
Freshman Chris Szekely led a strong Army showing in the 200-yard freestyle, placing fifth with the sixth-fastest clocking in school history (1:39.78). Junior Daniel Ruckman added an eighth-place showing in the 200 free (1:41.58), while sophomores Casey Woudenberg (1:41.65) and Tyler Sowell (1:41.95) finished 13th and 15th, respectively.
Freshman Richard Xue authored a fifth-place effort in the 400-yard individual medley, touching the wall in the sixth-best time in Army history (4:02.13). Fellow freshman William Dempsey finished 15th in the 400 IM (4:07.52).
Yacynych forged a seventh-place showing in the 100-yard backstroke (51.35), while Archambeau (52.15) and Sowell (53.28) placed 12th and 16th, respectively, in that event.
Szekely, Ruckman, freshman Adam Sjoholm and Woudenberg closed the evening by teaming up for a third-place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay (6:42.49).
Senior Chris Nguyen paced the Army diving contingent as the fourth-year performer finished runner-up off the three-meter board (357.95 points). Sophomore Zachary Woods added a fifth-place showing off the high board, racking up 298.75 markers.
Army wraps up competition at the Brown Big Bear Open on Sunday, Dec. 2. The first events are slated to get begin at 10 a.m.