Army Turns In Strong Performance At PL Championships

Chris Nguyen

Chris Nguyen

Feb. 17, 2012

Results

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Army men's and women's swimming and diving teams authored several impressive performances on the second day of competition at the 2012 Patriot League Championships Saturday evening inside Lejeune Hall on the campus of the United States Naval Academy.

Junior Chris Nguyen captured Army's first individual title of the weekend by winning the one-meter diving event for the second consecutive year. The reigning Patriot League Diver of the Meet posted a season-high score of 371.05 points.

Freshman Zachary Woods finished a distant second to Nguyen, piling up 331.75 markers. A total of five Army divers scored points off the one-meter board with senior Matt Joiner (290.25), junior Chad Drake (295.70) and freshman Josh Urnezis (262.80) placing fourth, fifth and eighth, respectively.

The performance of the divers helped the Army men vault from fourth place into the third position following the second day of action. The Black Knights have scored 341.5 points and trail second-place Bucknell by 97 markers heading into the third and final day of competition. The Navy men have accumulated 677.5 points and lead the eight-team field by a wide margin.

The Black Knight women remain in fourth place following today's events. Army has amassed 284 points through the first two days, and trails third-place Bucknell by 79 markers. Navy leads the eight-team field on the women's side with 610 points, 136 points clear of second-place Colgate (474).

The Army men began the night by placing third in the 200-yard medley relay. The Black Knights' foursome of sophomore Kenny Yacynych, freshman Joon Chung and juniors Ayman Andrews and Dan Foky touched the wall in 1:31.71.

Andrews capped his productive evening by placing third in the 100-yard butterfly (48.08). The third-year swimmer met the NCAA "B" cut during the morning preliminaries when he broke his own Academy record with a clocking of 47.82.

Freshman Michael Dustin added an eighth-place finish in the 100 fly, clocking a time of 49.99.

Freshman Will Viana chipped in a fifth-place showing in the 200-yard freestyle as the standout plebe clocked a personal-best time of 1:39.20. The clocking ranks as the fifth fastest in Academy history.

A total of five Black Knights scored points in the 200 free with senior Dan Borchik (1:42.16), sophomore Daniel Ruckman (1:41.94) and freshmen Casey Woudenberg (1:42.01) and Tyler Sowell (1:42.68) placing eighth, 14th, 15th and 16th, respectively.

Yacynych tallied points in a pair of individual events, placing seventh in the 100-yard backstroke (51.28) and finishing 16th in the 100-yard butterfly (51.32). Senior Chuck Zhou added an 11th-place showing in the 100 back, clocking a time of 52.10.

Junior Carter Kelly won the consolation final in the 100-yard breaststroke, placing ninth overall with a time of 57.47. Freshman Joon Chung (58.03) and sophomore Ben Quay (58.94) finished 12th and 15th, respectively, in the 100 breast.

The quartet of Viana, Borchik, Ruckman and Woudenberg teamed to place third in the 800-yard freestyle relay, touching the wall in 6:45.79.

The Black Knight women started the evening with a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. Army's quartet of freshman Keeli McNeary, junior Alyssa Tran, senior Paige Brink and sophomore Juliette Wallerstein clocked a time of 1:46.18.

For the second consecutive night, Brink had a hand in breaking two Academy records. The Markle, Ind., native shattered her own school standard in the 200-yard freestyle, clocking a time of 1:50.08, and placing second overall. She capped the evening by teaming with sophomore Grace Hamilton and freshmen Kristen Barta and Kristina Muller to obliterate the Army record in the 800-yard freestyle relay (7:35.14). The clocking smashed the previous record, which was set in 2009, by more than three seconds and helped the quartet place third.

Three Army swimmers scored points in the 400-yard individual medley, led by freshman Sam Allen, who broke Ann Marie Wycoff's 26-year old plebe record with a time of 4:30.44. The clocking, which ranks as the third fastest in Academy annals, earned her a sixth-place finish. Freshmen Audrey Brown (4:33.96) and Josie Antilla (4:36.11) finished 10th and 13th, respectively. Brown's time ranks as the fourth best in Army history, while Antilla's clocking lists seventh fastest.

McNeary finished 11th in the 100-yard backstroke with the second-fastest time in Academy history (57.03). Sophomore Lara Stouffer pitched in a 14th-place effort in the 100 back (58.45).

Tran added a seventh-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly, touching the wall in 56.74. Wallerstein placed 16th in the 100 fly, clocking a time of 58.96.

Barta finished 12th in the 200 free with the fifth-fastest time in school history (1:53.17).

Army will wrap up competition at the Patriot League Championships on Saturday, Feb. 18, with the preliminaries scheduled for 10:30 a.m., and the finals slated for 6 p.m.

Championship Notes: Michael Dustin clocked the 10th-fastest time in Army history during the preliminaries of the 100-yard butterfly (49.77) ... Dan Borchik clocked a personal-best time of 1:40.98 during the preliminaries of the 200-yard freestyle ... Juliette Wallerstein clocked the eighth-best time in Academy history during the preliminaries of the 100-yard butterfly.

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