Rick Johnston profiles the season for the men's diving team as they prepare for their final home meets of the year.
MILESTONES: Academy record-holder off both boards ... Patriot League record-holder off the 1-meter board ... two-time Patriot League Diver of the Meet ... named Patriot League Diver of the Week 10 times during his career.
2011-12 (JUNIOR): Named to the All-Patriot League first team for the third straight year after sweeping both boards at the conference championships (Feb. 16) ... earned Patriot League Diver of the Meet plaudits for the second year in a row thanks to his dominant performance at Patriots ... took gold off the 1-meter board with a score of 371.05 ... point total was nearly 40 points higher than that of the second-place finisher ... captured the individual title off the 3-meter board (372.55) ... topped the field by more than 31 points ... broke the Academy record in that event during the preliminaries (393.15) ... won the 1-meter event five times over the course of the season ... took gold off the 3-meter board 12 times during the year ... swept both events versus Navy (Dec. 8), winning both the 1-meter (323.92) and 3-meter (299.25) ... swept both boards versus Massachusetts (Oct. 22), Connecticut (Nov. 5) and Bucknell (Jan. 14) ... won the 3-meter event versus Drexel (Jan. 20), Lehigh (Jan. 13), Marist (Oct. 14) and Columbia (Nov. 19) ... also took gold off the 3-meter board in meets versus Colgate/Lafayette (Jan. 28), Old Dominion, American and George Mason (Jan. 21) and Boston College/Stony Brook (Oct. 7) ... tabbed Patriot League Diver of the Week six times during his standout junior campaign ... shared Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week honors following his record-breaking performance at Patriots ... advanced to the NCAA Zone "A" Diving Regionals for the third straight season.
2010-11 (SOPHOMORE): Selected to the All-Patriot League first team for the second year in a row after winning the 1-meter event and placing runner-up off the 3-meter board at the conference championships (Feb. 17) ... established Academy records off both boards at Patriots, taking gold in the 1-meter (398.35) and earning the silver in the 3-meter (381.15) ... both scores shattered his previous career bests ... score off the 1-meter board broke the Patriot League Championship record ... swept both boards in Army's victory over conference rival Bucknell (Jan. 15), taking gold off both the 1-meter (302.40) and 3-meter (313.35) ... was a double-winner against Columbia (Nov. 20) as well, taking gold in the 1-meter (289.20) and 3-meter (298.27) ... won the 1-meter event versus Lehigh (Jan. 14), racking up 317.55 markers ... also took second off the 3-meter board in that meet with the Mountain Hawks (292.50) ... took first place in the 3-meter event against Marist and Syracuse (Oct. 15), finishing with 283.27 points ... added a second-place showing off the 1-meter board in that meet (273.07) ... claimed gold off the 3-meter board in Army's meets versus Connecticut (Nov. 6) and Drexel (Jan. 21) ... scored 265.80 points to win the event against UConn ... totaled 353.10 markers in the Drexel meet ... added a second-place finish off the 1-meter board against the Dragons, piling up 320.17 points ... placed runner-up off the 1-meter against Navy (Dec. 9) with a score of 323.80 ... chipped in a third-place showing off the 3-meter versus the Midshipmen (325.60) ... authored 16 top-three finishes during the season, including 13 top-two showings ... named Patriot League Diver of the Week three times during the course of the season ... qualified to compete at the NCAA Zone "A" Diving Regionals for the second year in a row.
2009-10 (FRESHMAN): Earned first-team All-Patriot League honors after winning the conference championship in the 3-meter event ... captured the title by posting a personal-best score of 339.25 in the final ... finished eighth in the 1-meter at the Patriot League Championships (Feb. 20) ... recorded a career-best score of 291.75 in the preliminaries ... personal bests represented the highest scores by an Army diver off both boards throughout the season ... won the 1-meter event at Columbia (Nov. 21) ... victorious off the 1-meter board against Lehigh (Jan. 15) ... took the 3-meter competition versus Bucknell (Jan. 16) ... won the 1-meter and finished runner-up in the 3-meter against Georgetown (Jan. 22) ... duplicated that feat in Army's sweep of Patriot League rivals Colgate and Lafayette (Jan. 30) ... qualified to compete at the NCAA Zone "A" Diving Regionals ... competed at the USA Diving Spring Junior East Championships as well.
HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Standout diver at Cheshire High School for coach Fran Connolly ... All-Southern Connecticut Conference selection as a junior ... member of the Soco Dive Club team for two years ... was a gymnast for 10 years before becoming a diver ... also participated in track and field.
PERSONAL: Christopher Dang Nguyen was born in Teaneck, N.J. on July 12, 1991 ... son of Trach and Kristen Nguyen ... has a sister, Stephanie, and a brother, Ryan ... enjoys listening to music and drawing in his spare time ... majoring in Management.