Feb. 2, 2013
LEWISBURG, Pa. -
Freshman Nick Treiberg shattered the plebe record in the 50-yard freestyle and several other members of the Army swimming and diving teams authored personal-best performances as the Black Knights competed in the non-scoring Bucknell Invitational on Saturday at Kinney Natatorium.
Treiberg led the Army men throughout the meet, winning the 50 free and recording four other top-five finishes. Sophomore Renee Mihail and freshman Carolyn McCarty combined to author five top-eight showings to pace the Black Knight women.
"I was very pleased with the effort turned in by the contingent that we brought to Bucknell," said Army head coach Mickey Wender. "It was a great opportunity for some of our younger athletes to develop in a competitive meet against some talented teams. I am extremely proud of this group; they went out and swam hard and came away with a plebe record and several lifetime bests. Today's result sets us up nicely for the Patriot League Championships."
Treiberg led an Army sweep of the top three positions in the 50 free, touching the wall in an Army plebe-record time of 20.90 seconds. Sophomore Dion Hart (21.42) and junior John Blickle (21.56) completed the Black Knights' sweep, placing second and third, respectively.
Treiberg added runner-up finishes in the 200-yard individual medley (1:56.91) and 100-yard freestyle (46.50), while placing fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke (58.80). The first-year swimmer also teamed with fellow freshmen Pierre Archambeau, Zach Blankenbeker and Colin Kanzari to win the 200-yard medley relay in a clocking of 1:34.13.
Junior Brendan Lorton, sophomore Tyler Sowell, freshman Austin Kong, Blankenbeker and Kanzari added individual wins in the pool for the Army men. Lorton took gold in the 200 IM (1:55.39), Sowell outswam the field in the 200 back (1:53.68), Kanzari won the 200 breast (2:03.40), Blankenbeker was victorious in the 200 fly (1:52.02) and Kong touched first in the 100 breast (57.28).
Sowell and Kong also helped Army win the 200-yard freestyle relay as the two underclassmen teamed with Hart and Blickle to take gold with a time of 1:23.69.
The Black Knight men accounted for eight additional runner-up finishes in the pool. Sowell took second in the 500-yard freestyle (4:38.02), Archambeau placed runner-up in the 100 back (51.30), Kanzari took the silver in the 100 breast (57.67) and junior Wesley Trumbauer was second in the 200 fly (1:53.37). Sophomore Matt Kane added a second-place showing in the 1,650-yard freestyle (16:24.99), Kong was runner-up in the 100 fly (50.61), Blankenbeker placed second in the 200 free (1:43.46) and freshman Cole Garriott earned the silver in the 200 breast (2:07.73).
Third-place finishers for the Army men included Trumbauer in the 100 fly (50.70), freshman Daniel Bleyl in the 200 IM (1:57.11), Hart in the 100 breast (58.27) and Blickle in the 100 free (46.95). Bleyl added fourth-place showings in the 100 fly (51.79) and 200 fly (1:57.97). Trumbauer chipped in fourth-place effort in the 500 free (4:41.67), while Kane took fourth in the 200 free (1:45.50). Lorton was fourth in the 200 back (1:59.61).
McCarty set the tone for the Army women, placing runner-up in the 200 IM with a clocking of 2:12.36. She later finished eighth in the 200 back (2:12.66). Mihail, meanwhile, was second in the 200 fly (2:14.63), fifth in the 1,650 free (18:22.61) and seventh in the 400 IM (4:48.64).
Sophomore Josie Antilla added a fourth-place showing in the 1,650 free with a clocking of 18:07.81. Elsewhere, freshman Jess Fabrizio (2:26.81) and junior Jessica Clay (2:28.18) placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 200 breast.
Juniors Breawna Davis and Rita Snyder paced the Army women in the diving events. Davis placed eighth off the three-meter board (233.10), while Snyder finished 11th off the one-meter board (208.30).
The Black Knights will return to Lewisburg for the Patriot League Championships at the end of February. The three-day meet is scheduled to run from Feb. 21-23.