Feb. 16, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Army men's and women's swimming and diving teams wrapped up the first day of competition at the 2012 Patriot League Championships on Thursday evening inside Lejeune Hall on the campus of the United States Naval Academy.
The Army women accumulated 154 points and stand in fourth place in the team standings following Day One. The Black Knight men racked up 100.5 points and also reside in fourth place following the opening day of action. Navy's men and women have jumped out to early leads following the first 11 scored events.
Senior Paige Brink stole the show for the Army women as the Black Knights' co-captain had a hand in a pair of Academy record-breaking performances.
The Markle, Ind., native began the night by teaming with junior Alyssa Tran, sophomore Grace Hamilton and freshman Keeli McNeary to shatter the Academy record in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The foursome clocked a time of 1 minute, 34.62 seconds to surpass the mark that was set last season.
Brink went on to take fifth in the 200-yard individual medley with an Academy-record time of 2:04.65. Her clocking eclipsed the previous school standard, which was established by Amanda Otto in 2007, by more than a full second.
Tran, who is a two-time All-Patriot League selection, chipped in a third-place showing in the 50-yard freestyle, touching the wall in 23.69.
Army also excelled in the diving events as three Black Knights placed within the top eight off the three-meter board. Sophomore Danielle Ullman led the way, finishing fourth with a score of 234.15. Sophomore Breawna Davis (222.50) and freshman Maggie Churchill (187.05) placed sixth and eighth, respectively. Davis' point total represents a personal best for the second-year diver.
Hamilton (24.28) and McNeary (24.34) finished 12th and 13th, respectively, in the 50 free with McNeary's time ranking eighth on Army's all-time ledger.
Sophomore Lara Stouffer turned in an 11th-place finish in the 200 IM (2:09.07), while freshman Sam Allen placed 14th in that event (2:09.82).
Two members of the Army women's team also placed within the top 15 in the 500-yard freestyle with freshmen Kristen Barta (5:04.21) and Josie Antilla (5:04.97) placing 11th and 14th, respectively.
The Black Knight women closed the night by finishing sixth in the 400-yard medley relay. The grouping of McNeary, Allen, Tran and Hamilton touched the wall in 3:53.15.
The Army men got off to a fast start as senior Sam Lough joined with juniors Dan Foky and Bill McCarty and freshman Michael Dustin to finish third in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:22.43).
Freshman Will Viana led the Black Knight men in the individual events, placing sixth in the 500-yard freestyle with the eighth-fastest time in Academy history (4:32.22).
Junior Ayman Andrews, an All-Patriot League selection as a sophomore last season, authored an eighth-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley with a clocking of 1:52.15.
Three Black Knights scored points in the 50-yard freestyle with Foky (21.09), McCarty (21.19) and Lough (21.61) placing 13th, 14th and 16th, respectively.
Army's foursome of sophomore Kenny Yacynych, junior Carter Kelly, Foky and Andrews teamed to place third in the 400-yard medley relay (3:20.88).
Army divers dominated the preliminaries of the one-meter event with five Black Knights within the top eight. Junior Chris Nguyen posted a season-best score of 355.25 to lead the 21-man field. His point total is less than one point shy of the Patriot League record that he established at last season's championships (355.80).
Freshman Josh Urnezis (3:05.80), junior Chad Drake (291.35), senior Matt Joiner (290.25) and freshman Zachary Woods (287.80) all qualified for tomorrow's finals after finishing third, fifth, sixth and eighth, respectively, in this morning's preliminaries.
Army will return to action at the Patriot League Championships on Friday, Feb. 17, with the preliminaries scheduled for 10:30 a.m., and the finals slated for 6 p.m.
Championship Notes: Josie Antilla's clocking in the 500-yard freestyle represents a career best ... Sam Allen clocked a personal-best time in the 200 IM during preliminaries ... the clocking of 2:08.10 ranks fourth on Army's all-time list ... Danielle Ullman's score of 238.35 in the preliminaries of the three-meter diving event represents a career best ... Maggie Churchill's score of 231.95 in the preliminaries of the one-meter diving event establishes a personal best ... Ayman Andrews' clocking in the preliminaries of the 200 IM (1:51.88) lists as the third-fastest time in Academy history ... Josh Urnezis established a career-best score off the one-meter board ... Bill McCarty's clocking in the 50 free represents a season-best time ... Sam Lough clocked a personal-best time of 21.19 in the preliminaries of the 50 free.