Dec. 4, 2011
AKRON, Ohio -
Junior Ayman Andrews broke a meet record for the second consecutive day, and freshman Will Viana shattered an Academy standard to lead the Army men's swimming and diving squad to the team title at the Zippy Invitational on Sunday evening inside Ocasek Natatorium on the campus of the University of Akron.
The Black Knight men piled up 1,832 markers and dominated the nine-team field. Army's women, who turned in their third straight quality effort, placed fifth. The Black Knights racked up 734 points to finish within the top half of the 14-team field.
Both Army teams competed without the Black Knights' divers, who were in action this weekend at the Big Al Invitational in Princeton, N.J.
Andrews won the 200-yard butterfly, touching the wall in a season-best time of 1 minute, 50.27 seconds.
The Army men completely dominated the 200 fly as Black Knights occupied four of the first five spots. Sophomore Wesley Trumbauer (1:52.04), freshman Spencer LeeMurakami (1:53.13) and senior Taylor Whitten (1:53.80) finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
Viana, meanwhile, placed runner-up in the 200-yard backstroke with an Academy record time of 1:49.83. Viana's clocking smashed Rob Roland's school record, which was set in 1992, and eclipsed Corey Braddock's plebe mark that was established that same year.
Senior Chuck Zhou placed fifth in the 200 back (1:52.72), while sophomore Kenny Yacynych took seventh (1:56.02).
Freshman Casey Woudenberg destroyed another Zippy Invitational record in the 1,650-yard freestyle, winning the event in a personal-best time of 16:01.93.
Sophomore Ben Quay took gold in the 200-yard breaststroke with a personal-best clocking of 2:05.36. Freshman Joon Chung added a fourth-place showing in the 200 breast (2:06.62), while junior Carter Kelly (2:07.39) and senior Sam Lough (2:09.55) finished seventh and eighth, respectively.
Junior Dan Foky swam to a second-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle, recording a personal-best time of 45.38. The clocking ranks as the eighth-fastest in Academy history. Sophomore Daniel Ruckman chipped in a seventh-place showing in the 100 free (46.58), while senior Dan Borchik finished eighth (46.91).
The Black Knight men wrapped up Sunday's action by placing second and third in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The freshman quartet of Michael Dustin, Tyler Sowell, Viana and Woudenberg finished runner-up and broke the school's plebe record with a clocking of 3:03.74. The time obliterated the previous freshman record, which was set in 1990, by nearly four seconds.
Army's foursome of Foky, Borchik, Ruckman and Yacynych, meanwhile, teamed to place third with a clocking of 3:03.89.
Freshman Keeli McNeary led the Army women for the second straight day, placing fifth in the 200-yard backstroke with a personal-best time of 2:04.22. The clocking represents the second-fastest time in Academy history. Sophomore, Lara Stouffer, meanwhile, took 13th in the 200 back with the third-best time in Army annals (2:05.62).
Army's women turned in a strong showing in the 100-yard freestyle with sophomores Grace Hamilton (51.91) and Juliette Wallerstein (52.21) placing sixth and seventh, respectively. Hamilton's time ranks as the second-best in Academy history, while Wallestein's clocking lists fifth all-time.
Junior Alyssa Tran authored the ninth-fastest time in Army history during the preliminaries (52.56), before placing 16th in the finals (53.67).
Freshman Sam Allen produced the third-best 200-yard breaststroke time in Academy annals during the preliminaries (2:23.01), but settled for 14th place in the finals (2:25.29). Fellow freshman Audrey Brown recorded a personal-best in the 1,650-yard freestyle, placing seventh overall with the fifth-fastest clocking in Army history (17:24.36).
Army capped the day with a strong showing in the 400-yard freestyle relay as the Black Knights' foursome of Brink, Wallerstein, Hamilton and Tran touched the wall in 3:29.92 to place fourth.
Army will return to action on Thursday, Dec. 8, when the Black Knights host Navy in the annual Star Meet at West Point's Crandall Pool. The first swimming events are slated to get under way at 6 p.m.