Feb. 27, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -
Senior Chris Nguyen and freshman Molly Mucciarone were both selected to the All-Patriot League first team, and 11 other Black Knights were named to the all-conference second team, it was announced on Wednesday.
The Army men placed nine on the second unit, the highest number of Black Knights to earn a spot on that team since the Patriot League began handing out second-team plaudits in 2004. The 10 all-conference certificates collected by the Army men ties the Black Knights' single-season mark, which was originally established in 1997.
Seniors Ayman Andrews earned his third career All-Patriot League award with his selection to the second team. Sophomore Will Viana and Zachary Woods were both selected to the all-conference second team for the second straight year. Joining those three on the second unit were seniors Chad Drake and Dan Foky, sophomore Michael Dustin and freshmen Sam Mo, Chris Szekely and Richard Xue.
A total of three Black Knight women were singled out for all-conference laurels for the first time since earning three citations in 2010. Junior Grace Hamilton and freshman Natalie Beale joined Mucciarone on the All-Patriot League team as both earned second-team laurels.
Nguyen, who was tabbed the Patriot League Diver of the Meet for the third straight season, was placed on the all-conference first team for the fourth straight year. He becomes the second Black Knight to earn four first-team certificates, joining Jake Mentele (USMA '08).
Nguyen, who is just the 10th Patriot League student-athlete to collect four first-team citations, became just the third diver in conference history to sweep both boards in three straight championship meets. The fourth-year standout took gold off the one-meter board (359.10 points) and also won the three-meter event (381.25). He completely dominated the competition, winning the one-meter event by more than 42 points and outdistancing the field by more than 78 markers off the three-meter board.
Mucciarone, who helped set three Academy records and three plebe marks over the three-day meet, collected her first-team certificate by virtue of winning the 50-yard freestyle. The Cranbury, N.J., native became the first Army woman since Heidi Borden to win the 50 free at the Patriot League Championships, breaking her own Academy record with a time of 23.03.
The first-year standout also shattered the school mark in the 100-yard butterfly, placing second overall with a time of 54.88. She added a sixth-place showing in the 100-yard freestyle, breaking the Army plebe mark and recording the second-fastest time in Academy annals (51.16).
Mucciarone also swam on Army's 200-yard freestyle relay team that won gold with an Academy-record clocking of 1:33.00. It marked the Black Knights' first win in any relay at the Patriot League Championships since 2001. She also helped Army to fourth-place showings in the 200-yard medley relay, 400-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay.
Andrews, who was a first-team selection each of the past two seasons, earned second-team honors this year after accumulating 39 points at the championship meet. The butterfly specialist placed third in the 100 fly (48.63) and 200 fly (1:47.13). His clocking in the 200 fly shattered his own Academy record. Andrews, who placed 10th in the 200-yard individual medley, also teamed with junior Kenny Yacynych, senior Carter Kelly and Foky to eclipse the Academy record in the 200-yard medley relay (1:30.39).
Viana finished the Patriot League Championships with 31 points to earn a spot on the second team for the second year in a row. The native of Stuffgart, Germany, qualified for a pair of finals, placing fifth in the 200-yard butterfly (1:51.5) and sixth in the 200-yard backstroke (1:50.01). He also added a 13th-place showing in the 500-yard freestyle (4:33.63).
Woods collected his second straight second-team certificate thanks to his runner-up finish off the three-meter board (303.05 points). The Collierville, Tenn., product also placed third off the one-meter board (321.20).
Drake, who capped his Army career with his first career All-Patriot League certificate, also excelled in the diving events. The Fort Drum, N.Y., native was fifth off the one-meter board (294.65) and third off the three-meter (294.45).
Foky finished his West Point career by earning his first all-conference award. The product of Charlottesville, Va., racked up 29 points at the Patriot League Championships and had a hand in breaking three Academy relay records. Individually, Foky placed third in the 100 free (45.28), 10th in the 50 free (20.72) and 11th in the 100 fly (50.10). He also swam the anchor leg on Army's 200-yard medley relay, 200-yard freestyle relay (1:30.39) and 400-yard freestyle relay (2:59.38). All three relays placed second with program-record times.
Dustin collected his first career All-Patriot League honor by virtue of his second-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly (48.62). The Greenwich, Conn., native also finished seventh in the 100-yard freestyle (45.73) and ninth in the 50 free (20.71). Dustin swam on the 200-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard freestyle relay.
Szekely was placed on the second team thanks to his runner-up finish in the 100-yard freestyle (45.01). The freestyle specialist added a fourth-place showing in the 200 free (1:38.49) and a 10th-place effort in the 500 free (4:31.80). The Doylestown, Pa., product also swam on four relays that placed runner-up.
Mo and Xue both earned second-team honors based on points scored at the Patriot League Championships. Mo totaled 35 points during the three-day event, while Xue finished with 31.
Mo, who hails from Great Neck, N.Y., placed seventh in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:02.77) and 400-yard individual medley (4:02.59), while taking eighth in the 200 IM (1:54.22).
A native of Centreville, Va., Xue was sixth in the 400 IM (4:00.22) and ninth in the 200 fly (1:53.78) and 1,650 free (16:01.84).
Hamilton and Beale both picked up second-team plaudits by virtue of points scored at the conference meet. Hamilton posted 30 markers at the Championships, while Beale accumulated 30.
Individually, Hamilton scored points in three freestyle races, placing third in the 50 free (23.48), seventh in the 100 free (51.19) and 15th in the 200 free (1:52.92). The Los Altos Hill, Calif., native also swam on four scoring relays, including the Academy-record-setting 200-yard freestyle relay and 800-yard freestyle relay.
Beale, meanwhile, wrapped up an impressive rookie campaign with several outstanding performances at the conference meet. The backstroke specialist finished eighth in the 100 back (57.30) and 200 back (2:03.44), while also placing ninth in the 200 IM (2:06.08). The Baltimore, Md., product also swam the leadoff leg on Army's 200-yard medley relay, 400-yard medley relay and 800-yard freestyle relay.