Feb. 22, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, MD. – Freshman Ariana Bullard contributed to another two academy records in the fourth and final day of competition at the Patriot League Championships, held at Leujene Hall. In recognition of her efforts over the weekend, Bullard was awarded the Women’s Rookie of the Meet on Saturday night.
The Army men placed second in the team standing for the third time in four seasons as the Black Knights finished with 640.5 points. Navy cruised to its 11th straight title as the Midshipmen piled up 945.5 points. Boston University took third after Army in third with 609 points, followed by Bucknell (477), Lehigh (291.5), American (178), Lafayette (168), Loyola (151.5), Colgate (109) and Holy Cross (80).
The Black Knights women, meanwhile, finished in fourth-place for the third consecutive season after posting a total of 495 points. Navy (778) captured its third straight title on the women’s side, edging runner-up Bucknell (580) and Boston University (533.5) for the team crown. Lehigh finished fourth with 356 points, followed by Colgate (322.5), Loyola (243), American (151), Lafayette (107), and Holy Cross (74).
“I am really proud of our performance tonight on both the men’s and women’s side,” said Army head coach Mickey Wender. I was especially excited for the guys to come back from Boston University and reclaim the second-place spot. I can’t say enough good things about our seniors and the leadership they took on this year. Even though we finished fourth again, this was the most competitive showing for the women in many years and I am excited for our young team. I thought it was a very good weekend. As a team, we learned a lot swam fast and broke a ton of records. Our underclassmen really stepped up this year and kept evolving over the season. Overall I and looking forward to the future and am proud of a solid championship.”
Bullard capped her first collegiate season by breaking her own plebe and academy record in the 200-yard butterfly. After shattering the previous record in the Army-Navy Star Meet in December, Bullard eclipsed her own record by posting a time of 1:58.97. Sophomore Shannon Rogers also placed in the top-eight of the event, touching the wall at 2:04.68 for the eighth-place spot.
Sophomore Molly Mucciarone, junior Haileigh Phillips and senior Grace Hamilton, joined Bullard to break the second school record of the evening in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The quartet of Army swimmers finished sixth of 10 teams, touching the wall at 3:25.54.
Mucciarone also saw success in the 100-yard freestyle finishing in third-place, after posting a time of 50.93.
Sophomore Natalie Beale and freshmen Kelly Hamilton and Danielle Nuszkowski joined the winner’s circle for the Black Knight women each finishing in the top-eight of their heat. Beale (2:00.34) and Hamilton (2:03.14) finished fifth and eighth, respectively, in the 200-yard backstroke, while Nuszkowski (17:01.69) finished seventh in the 1650-yard freestyle.
Three Army men dominated the 3-meter board on Saturday night, including junior Zachary Woods, sophomore Aidan Scribbick and junior Joshua Urnezis. Woods added a second-place finish to his accomplishments over the weekend with a score of 334.10. Scribbick who finished with 285.20 points and Urnezis who captured 279.30 points, finished fifth and seventh, respectively.
Sophomore Chris Szekely capped an impressive weekend, placing in two events, including the 100-yard freestyle and the 400-yard free relay. Szekely finished runner-up in the 100 free with a time of 44.16, before teaming up with juniors Tyler Sowell and Michael Dustin and senior Kenny Yacynych who finished third with a time of 2:59.66 in the 400 free relay.
The Black Knights saw similar success in the 200-yard backstroke, placing three swimmers within the top-eight. Sophomore Sam Mo led Army with a fifth-place standing, posting a time of 2:01.55. Junior Joonmo Chung and sophomore Colin Kanzari followed, with Chung (2:02.88) finishing in seventh and Kanzari (2:04.16) taking eighth.
Freshmen Sean Regan and Devin McCall turned in a fourth and seventh-place effort, respectively, in the 200-yard butterfly. Regan touched the wall at 1:48.13, followed by McCall who posted a time of 1:51.56.
Rounding out the multitude of Army winners, junior Casey Woudenberg and freshman Clay Harmon each put forth a top-eight effort in the 1650-yard freestyle. Woudenberg crossed the line in fifth with a time of 15:42.74, while Harmon who followed in sixth came in at 15:46.88.