Dec. 3, 2011
AKRON, Ohio -
The Army men's and women's swimming and diving teams turned in another successful day at the Zippy Invitational Saturday evening inside Ocasek Natatorium on the campus of the University of Akron.
The Army men continue to lead the nine-team field with 1,222 points. The Black Knights hold a 111-point lead over second-place Buffalo (1,111 points) heading into Sunday's third and final day of competition.
Army's women ended the second day of action in sixth place. The Black Knights have accumulated 516 points and reside within the top half of the 14-team field. Army is just four points behind fifth-place Akron as the Black Knights prepare for Sunday's events.
"It was another very good day for both of our teams," said Army head coach Mickey Wender. "I'm very proud with the performances of both our men and women. Our swimmers have responded and continue to compete with a lot of heart. I am pleased with where we are at. Tomorrow is going to be a great day for us."
Junior Ayman Andrews and sophomore Kenny Yacynych both broke Academy records to lead the Army men.
Andrews shattered the school mark in the 100-yard butterfly, posting a time of 48.32 seconds in the preliminaries. The clocking eclipses the previous standard set by Joe Novak in 1999. The time, which broke the pool and meet records, also met the NCAA "B" cut. Andrews went on to win the event, clocking a time of 48.38 in the finals.
Yacynych, meanwhile, broke the Academy record in the 100-yard backstroke, touching the wall in 50.61 to place third overall. The clocking smashed Paul Schmidt's mark, which he established in 2003, by nearly a full second. Senior Chuck Zhou added a sixth-place finish in the 100 back, clocking a time of 52.02.
Army dominated the 200-yard freestyle, taking four of the first five spots and six of the top 10 positions. Freshman Will Viana placed second in the 200 free with a personal-best time of 1:39.25. The clocking ranks as the fifth-fastest in Academy history. Fellow freshman Casey Woudenberg finished third in the 200 free with a career-best clocking of 1:41.24.
Sophomore Daniel Ruckman, meanwhile, was fourth in the event, touching the wall in 1:41.29. Ruckman moved into eighth place on Army's all-time top 10 with his time of 1:40.16, which he forged in the preliminaries.
Freshman Tyler Sowell was fifth in the 200 free, while junior Bill McCarty (1:41.85) and senior Dan Borchik (1:43.01) placed ninth and 10th, respectively.
Sophomore Ben Quay finished third in the 100-yard breaststroke with a career-best time of 57.22. The clocking ranks as the eighth-fastest in West Point history. Junior Carter Kelly swam to a fourth-place finish in the 100 breast (57.35), while freshman Joon Chung placed sixth (57.89).
Freshman Michael Dustin chipped in a sixth-place finish in the 100 fly, touching the wall in a personal-best time of 50.19. Yacynych (50.56) and sophomore Wesley Trumbauer (50.93) placed eighth and 10th, respectively, in that event.
Elsewhere, the Black Knights occupied two of the top eight positions in the 400-yard individual medley with sophomore Brendan Lorton (4:08.45) and senior Taylor Whitten (4:12.22) placing fifth and seventh, respectively.
Army saved one of its most outstanding performances for last as the Black Knights' quartet of Ruckman, Viana, Sowell and Woudenberg won the 800-yard freestyle relay in a meet-record time of 6:42.68.
The Army men also finished runner-up in the 200-yard medley relay as the foursome of Yacynych, Kelly, Andrews and junior Dan Foky completed the race in 1:31.63. The Black Knights' relay team of Zhou, Quay, Dustin and freshman Dion Hart chipped in a sixth-place showing in the 200 medley relay, finishing the race in 1:33.82.
Freshman Keeli McNeary stole the show on the women's side as the first-year performer placed seventh in the 100-yard backstroke with the second-fastest time (57.46) in Academy history. Sophomore Lara Stouffer, meanwhile, took 12th place in the 100 back with the third-fastest time in school history (58.12).
Freshmen Audrey Brown and Sam Allen authored strong performances in the 400-yard individual medley. Brown posted the third-best time in Army annals in the preliminaries, touching the wall in 4:34.01. She went on to place seventh in the finals, clocking a time of 4:34.34. Allen, meanwhile, authored the fourth-fastest time in Academy history (4:34.22) during the preliminaries, before finishing 12th in the finals (4:35.63).
Junior Alyssa Tran added a third-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly, recording a personal-best time of 55.32. The clocking ranks as the second-fasted in Academy history. Senior Paige Brink took fourth in the 100 fly, touching the wall in a season-best time of 56.16.
Sophomore Grace Hamilton (1:54.36) and freshman Kristen Barta (1:55.78) placed 11th and 20th, respectively, in the 200-yard freestyle with personal-best times.
The Army women also turned in seventh-place efforts in the 200-yard medley relay and the 800-yard freestyle relay. The quartet of Stouffer, Allen, Tran and sophomore Juliette Wallerstein clocked a time of 1:46.73 to place seventh in the 200 medley relay, while the foursome of Brink, Stouffer, Barta and Hamilton took seventh in the 800 free relay (7:44.10).
Army will wrap up competition at the Zippy Invitational on Sunday, Dec. 4, with the preliminaries scheduled for 9 a.m., and the finals slated for 4 p.m.