Dec. 4, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
After combining to break 12 Academy records and 10 plebe standards at last weekend's Brown Big Bear Open, the Army swimming and diving teams carry a great deal of momentum into Thursday's annual "Star" meet versus Navy.
Thursday's meet will be contested inside the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Philadelphia. It marks the second time in three seasons that the Army-Navy competition will be held at the Kroc Center. A live video streamed broadcast of Thursday's event will be available by logging onto Navy's official athletics website (www.navysports.com).
The Midshipmen swept last season's "Star" meet with the Navy men securing a 186-114 decision and the Navy women cruising to a 226.5-73.5 victory at West Point.
Thursday's meet will serve as the Patriot League opener for both of Army's teams. Navy's teams boast perfect 2-0 marks against conference foes following a road sweep of American and Bucknell in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 3.
The Army men, who show a 5-1 mark through the early portion of its dual meet schedule, placed third at the Brown Big Bear Open last weekend in the Black Knights' final tune-up prior to Thursday's showdown versus Navy.
Senior Ayman Andrews broke Academy records in the 100 fly and 200 fly en route to being named Patriot League Male Swimmer of the Week for the second time this season. Senior Chris Nguyen won the one-meter board and placed third in the three-meter event to earn his fifth Patriot League Male Diver of the Week certificate of the year.
The Black Knight women (4-3) placed fifth at last weekend's Brown Big Bear Open. Freshman Natalie Beale broke six Academy records and four plebe standards en route to being tabbed Patriot League Female Swimmer of the Week for the second time this season.
Navy has been idle since competing at the Nike Cup in Chapel Hill, N.C., over the weekend of Nov. 15-17. The Navy men, who carry a 4-2 record into Thursday's dual meet, placed third at the event. The Navy women (5-1) finished fourth at the Nike Cup.
Army and Navy have met 74 times previously on the men's side with the Midshipmen owning a 45-29 advantage in the all-time series. The Black Knight men, who have dropped 21 straight decisions to their arch rivals, last defeated Navy during the 1990-91 campaign (130-113).
Navy has dominated Army in the women's series since its inception, having taken 27 of the 31 previous encounters. The Black Knights' most recent victory over the Navy women came during the 1988-89 season (168-130). Army has lost 23 consecutive meetings versus the Mids.
The Army-Navy meet will serve as the Black Knights' final competition of the 2012 calendar year. Army will ring in 2013 at the San Juan Invitational on Jan. 3.