Jan. 28, 2012
HAMILTON, N.Y. -
The Army swimming and diving teams closed out their regular-season schedule on a high note on Saturday afternoon as the Black Knights posted a combined 3-1 record in a Patriot League tri-meet versus Colgate and Lafayette.
The Army men (12-3, 4-2 PL) swept their Patriot League rivals for the eighth straight season, defeating Colgate, 167-118, and posting a 179-103 victory over Lafayette. Army completely dominated the meet on the men's side, winning 10 of the first 12 events before competing as exhibition over the final four disciplines.
The Army women (6-9-1, 3-3 PL) defeated Lafayette, 181.5-114.5, but fell to Colgate, 178-115. The Black Knights recorded 10 second-place finishes and a total of 16 top-three showings en route to the split.
"It was a very good dual meet finale for both of our teams," said Army sixth-year head coach Mickey Wender. "I'm proud of all of our athletes for their performances today. To go 3-1 and swim the way we did is very commendable. I thought the seniors did an excellent job in terms of leadership, and I just cannot say enough about how impressed I am with the performance of our freshmen. We are exactly where we need to be as we continue to prepare ourselves for the Patriot League Championships."
The Army men were led by freshmen Will Viana and Casey Woudenberg, who combined to produce five of the Black Knights' 10 wins in the pool.
Viana, who has emerged as one of Army's top swimmers during his plebe campaign, began his outstanding afternoon by winning the 200-yard butterfly in a time of 1 minute, 52.68 seconds. The versatile swimmer later took gold in the 200-yard individual medley (1:57.12) and 500-yard freestyle (4:44.99).
Woudenberg, whose versatility was on full display during the meet, won the 1,650-yard freestyle (16:21.12) and came back less than 10 minutes later to capture the 200 free (1:44.48). He also added a runner-up finish in the 500-yard freestyle, touching the wall in 4:45.19.
Juniors Ayman Andrews and Carter Kelly, and sophomore Kenny Yacynych each had a hand in a pair of victories in the pool for the Black Knight men. The threesome teamed with junior Dan Foky to win the 200-yard medley relay (1:35.55) before going on to win individual events.
Andrews won the 100-yard butterfly (50.34), Kelly took gold in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:09.42) and Yacynych finished first in the 100-yard backstroke (53.22). Kelly also chipped in a runner-up effort in the 100-yard breaststroke, clocking a time of 59.49.
Senior backstroke specialist Chuck Zhou turned in a pair of terrific performances as well, winning the 200-yard backstroke (1:56.42) and finishing second in the 100 back (53.75).
Freshman Michael Dustin rounded out the Black Knights' list of winners in the pool, taking gold in the 100-yard freestyle (48.05). He led a 1-2 Army finish in that event as junior Bill McCarty finished second with a time of 48.07.
Freshmen Joon Chung, Nic Laffosse and Tyler Sowell each added a runner-up finish. Chung was second in the 200 IM (1:59.53), Laffosse earned the silver in the 1,650 free (16:23.67) and Sowell placed second in the 200 back (1:58.65).
The Army men also dominated the diving disciplines. Junior Chris Nguyen led a Black Knight sweep of the top three positions off the three-meter board, winning the event with score of 349.95 points. Freshmen Zachary Woods (317.33 points) and Josh Urnezis (269.33) placed second and third, respectively.
Woods went on to win gold off the one-meter board, shattering his own plebe record with a final tally of 336.15 markers.
Sophomore Grace Hamilton authored a trio of top-three performances in the pool to help pace the Army women. The second-year freestyle specialist placed runner-up in the 50-yard freestyle (25.44) and finished third in the 100 free (54.90) before teaming with junior Alyssa Tran, sophomore Juliette Wallerstein and freshman Keeli McNeary to take third in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:43.62).
Wallerstein added a runner-up showing in the 100-yard butterfly, touching the wall in 1:01.91. Senior co-captain Paige Brink chipped in a pair of runner-up finishes, earning the silver in the 100-yard freestyle (54.12) and 200-yard individual medley (2:12.95).
Freshman Sam Allen recorded a second-place showing in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:31.19) and came back to finish third in the 200 IM (2:14.22).
Junior co-captain Julianna Lynch and sophomore Kristen Rogers also pitched in runner-up finishes. Lynch earned the silver in the 200-yard backstroke (2:13.43), while Rogers placed second in the 200-yard butterfly (2:17.74).
Sophomore Lara Stouffer and freshman Josie Antilla added third-place efforts in the pool. Stouffer took the bronze in the 200 back (2:13.99), and Antilla was third in the 1,650 free (18:04.37).
The Black Knights were also well-represented in the diving events with sophomore Danielle Ullman placing second off both the one-meter (211.78 points) and three-meter (229.79) boards. Fellow sophomore Rita Snyder finished third in both events, posting a score of 207.82 points off the one-meter board, and totaling 227.40 markers off the three-meter board.
Army now has two weeks off before traveling to Annapolis, Md., to compete at the 2012 Patriot League Championships (Feb. 16-18).
Meet Notes: The Army men improve to 51-6-1 all-time versus Colgate and 9-0 all-time against Lafayette ... the Black Knight women are now 9-10 all-time opposite Colgate and 5-4 all-time versus Lafayette ... it marks the third straight 12-win season for the Army men ... the Black Knight women reached the six-win plateau for the second straight year after posting just one six-win season in the previous five years.