Jan. 24, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The Army swimming and diving teams close out their regular-season schedule on Saturday, Jan. 26, when the Black Knights host Patriot League rivals Colgate and Lafayette at Crandall Pool beginning at 1 p.m.
The conference tri-meet will serve as Senior Day for the Black Knights, and the senior members of Army's teams will be formally recognized prior to the first event.
The Army men (9-3, 3-1 PL) are coming off a sweep of American and George Mason last Saturday in Fairfax, Va. The Black Knights thoroughly dominated the triangular meet, winning 11 of the 16 events contested.
Senior Chris Nguyen was selected as the Patriot League Male Diver of the Week for the eighth time this season after a pair of standout performances on the boards last weekend. Freshman Chris Szekely, who continues to impress during his plebe campaign, was tabbed the conference's Male Swimmer of the Week.
Szekely totaled three wins and three runner-up finishes in two meets last weekend. Nguyen, meanwhile, won the three-meter event at both meets to spark the diving contingent.
The Black Knight women (6-7, 2-2 PL) split last weekend's meet, cruising past American but falling to George Mason. Freshman Molly Mucciarone, who was named Patriot League Female Swimmer of the Week on Monday, led Army with four top-five finishes.
Mucciarone won the 100-yard butterfly and placed runner-up in the 50-yard freestyle in the Delaware meet on Friday. Then, on Saturday, she took gold in the 50 free, finished second in the 100 fly and placed fourth in the 100 free versus American and George Mason. She was also a member of Army's 400-yard medley relay team that placed runner-up with a clocking of 4:00.22.
The Colgate men (0-8, 0-2 PL) are still searching for their first win of the season after dropping a 167-114 decision at Binghamton last Friday. The Colgate women, meanwhile are 6-3 (2-0 PL) after defeating Binghamton, 200-93, last weekend. The Raiders have already recorded conference victories versus Lehigh and Bucknell.
Both Lafayette teams have been idle since competing at the Winter Training Trip Relay Invitational in Plantation, Fla., on Jan. 8. The Lafayette men (0-5, 0-2 PL) are still in search of their first win of the year, while the Lafayette women (1-4, 0-2) are looking for victory number two. The Leopards have not engaged in a dual meet since being swept by Patriot League rival Lehigh on Nov. 16.
The Army men are 51-6-1 all-time versus Colgate, and a perfect 9-0 all-time against Lafayette after sweeping both schools last season in Hamilton, N.Y.
The Army women, meanwhile, are 9-10 all-time opposite Colgate and 5-3 all-time versus Lafayette. The Black Knights defeated the Leopards last season, but fell to the Raiders.
Following this weekend's action, Army will travel to Lewisburg, Pa., for the second time this season to compete at the Bucknell Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 2.