Feb. 20, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Sophomore Molly Mucciarone defended her 50-yard freestyle title on the second day of the Patriot League Championships at Leujene Hall on Thursday night. In addition, the sophomore teamed up with senior co-captain Grace Hamilton and freshmen Kelly Hamilton and Ariana Bullard to break the Academy record in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
The Army men have moved down to third-place following the second day of competition. The Black Knights have racked up 203 points and sit behind Navy (356.5) and Boston University (207). Bucknell (174) is in fourth-place, followed by Lehigh (148), Loyola (83.5), Lafayette (78), American (69), Holy Cross (47) and Colgate (44).
The Black Knight women, meanwhile, maintain their spot in fourth place in the team standings with 192 points through two days of action. Navy leads with 260 points, followed by Boston University (211) and Bucknell (203). Colgate (137) is in fifth place, followed by Lehigh (116), Loyola (99), American (69), Lafayette (66) and Holy Cross (46).
“Our team had a very good performance on day two,” said Army head coach Mickey Wender. We are in a good position with the men in third-place and the women taking fourth, overall we like where we are at. Today was the weakest day on paper, but we were able to pull through and have handful of top-performances on the day.”
“I am proud of Molly Mucciarone for defending her 50-free title and for being part of our 200 free relay team that broke an academy record tonight,” he continued. “Chris Szekely was able to come back after a hyper-extension injury in preliminaries and take third place, showing how dedicated and committed he is to this team. Overall I think that our team has a lot of excitement and positivity heading into the final two days of competition.”
Mucciarone who captured the 50-free title at the Patriot League Championships last season, authored a first-place finish in her respective race to keep the crown. After taking first in the preliminaries with a time of 22.85, Mucciarone stayed on top in the final heat with a time of 22.98. Bullard (23.34) and Grace Hamilton (23.43) also placed in the final heat placing fourth and sixth, respectively.
The Black Knights also broke an Army mark in the final event on the night as Mucciarone, Bullard, Grace Hamilton and Kelly Hamilton teamed to eclipse the Academy standard in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:32.41 to place first overall and break the previous school record by .6 seconds.
Freshman Jessica Burkett joined the winners circle after Thursday’s competition, placing seventh in the 200-yard IM after recording a time of 2:03.99.
On the men’s side, Szekley followed with a third-place showing in the 50-free by posting a time of 20.34. The sophomore also swam lead in the 200-yard freestyle relay where he was joined by juniors Michael Dustin, Tyler Sowell and Kenny Yacynych. The quartet combined for a time of 1:21.47 for fourth-place behind Navy, Boston and Lehigh.
In addition, freshman Sean Regan and sophomore Sam Mo both finished in the top-eight of the 200-yard IM. Regan posted a time of 1:50.99 for sixth-place, followed by Mo who recorded a time of 1:51.11 for seventh.
Juniors Zach Woods and Josh Urnezis rounded out the top-eight performances of the evening each placing off the 1-meter board. Woods took second after scoring 306.90 points, followed by Urnezis who finished fifth with 272.55 points.
Army will continue competition at the Patriot League Championships on Friday, Feb. 21. The preliminaries are set for 10:30 a.m., while finals are scheduled for 6 p.m.