Oct. 25, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Army swimming and diving teams will turn to the road starting Saturday, Oct. 26, until returning to Crandall Pool in January of 2014. The Black Knights start their road venture when they face Connecticut in a non-conference dual meet at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium in Storrs, Conn., this weekend.
The Army men bring an unblemished 2-0 record into Saturday’s action after posting an impressive 197-97 victory over Massachusetts last weekend. The women, meanwhile, show a 2-1 mark after a 163-139 decision against UMass last Saturday.
This weekend’s showdown marks the first competitive meet of the 2013-13 season for both Connecticut teams, as previous meets included UConn’s Homecoming Alumni and Inter-squad meets.
The Black Knights are coming off a successful meet versus Massachusetts with multiple first-place victories on both the men’s and women’s teams.
Army's men captured 11 of 13 events, sweeping the top three spots in four and going one-two in two others, while the women captured first-place victories in eight events, including both sprint medley relays.
Chris Szekely was responsible for three first-place wins in his respective freestyle events, leading two three-man sweeps in the 200 and 50 free. Juniors Casey Woudenberg and Will Viana each added two wins apiece in the pool to contribute to the victory. Woudenberg claimed the gold in his respective distance races (1000 and 500 free), while Viana took first in a three-man sweep in the 200 fly and swam for the gold in the 200 breast.
Sophomore Colin Kanzari chipped in a victory in the 200 breast (2:06.48), while senior Kenneth Yacynych led an Army sweep in the 100 back (52.37). Joon Chung (100 breast) and Sam Mo (100 fly) also added first-place wins in Army’s victory over the Minutemen.
On the women’s side, freshman Ariana Bullard collected two individual victories, while classmates, Megan Grier and Kelly Hamilton had a win to pace the Black Knight women versus Massachusetts last Saturday. Plebe Danielle Nuszkowski also contributed runner-up finishes in the 1000 and 500 free races.
Sophomores Molly Mucciarone and Natalie Beale continued to dominate in the pool as they each posted first-place finishes in their respective races in the 50 free and 200 back, respectively.
The Army men are 8-6 all-time versus UConn after defeating the Huskies last season at West Point. The Black Knight women, meanwhile, are 5-10 all-time versus Connecticut after losing to the Huskies last year.
Following the meet the Black Knights will take a week off before the men’s team will travel to New York City for to face Columbia on Sunday, Nov. 17. The non-conference dual is slated to begin at 1 p.m.