Army Concludes Day Two At ECAC Championships

Josie Antilla

Josie Antilla

Feb. 25, 2012

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Army men's and women's swimming and diving teams continued competition at the ECAC Championships on Saturday night inside Lejeune Hall on the campus of the United States Naval Academy.

The Army men sit in fourth place out of 19 schools following the second day of the championships. The Black Knights have accumulated 313 points and trail Navy (475.5), Bucknell (358) and Columbia (316) in the team scoring.

The Black Knight women, meanwhile, are in seventh place after the second day of competition. Army has racked up 223 points to place within the top half of the 18-team field. Navy has moved into first place on the women's side with 413 points. Marist (401) is a close second, with Harvard (390), Towson (259) and Rider (233) rounding out the top five.

The Army women shattered a pair of plebe records in the relays as the Black Knight book-ended the night by setting new plebe standards in the 200-yard medley relay and the 800-yard freestyle relay.

The Black Knights' quartet of freshmen Keeli McNeary, Sam Allen, Kristina Muller and Haileigh Phillips began the evening by breaking the plebe mark in the 200-yard medley relay, completing the race in 1 minute, 48.17 seconds. The clocking eclipsed the previous standard, which was set in 2009, by more than two seconds.

Army's freshman foursome of Kristen Barta, McNeary, Josie Antilla and Muller then ended the night by taking down the 27-year-old plebe record in the 800-yard freestyle relay. The group clocked a time of 7:42.54 to obliterate the previous standard by nearly 11 seconds.

Antilla, Barta, McNeary and Allen all performed well individually, as well. Antilla, who has looked strong throughout these championships, placed fifth in the 400-yard individual medley with the fourth-best time in Academy history (4:31.53).

Barta finished 11th in the 200-yard freestyle (1:53.72), while McNeary placed third in the 100-yard backstroke (57.37). Allen was seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke with the fifth-fastest clocking in Army history (1:06.03).

Freshman Maggie Churchill led the way for Army's divers on the second day of competition, placing seventh off the three-meter board with a score of 217.35 points.

The Army men began the evening by placing fourth in the 200-yard medley relay as the quartet of sophomores Kenny Yacynych and Ben Quay, and juniors Ayman Andrews and Bill McCarty teamed to clock a time of 1:32.20.

Andrews went on to finish runner-up in the 100-yard butterfly, touching the wall in 49.37. Two other Black Knights scored points in the 100 fly with freshman Michael Dustin (50.46) and Yacynych (50.99) placing eighth and 12th, respectively.

Freshman Will Viana turned in a third-place showing in the 400-yard individual medley, touching the wall in the fourth-fastest time in Academy annals (4:00.80). Sophomore Brendan Lorton (4:09.37) and freshman Spencer LeeMurakami (4:10.00) finished 12th and 13th, respectively, in the 400 IM.

Yacynych wrapped up his busy evening by placing eighth in the 100-yard backstroke (51.96).

Quay added an eighth-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke, clocking a time of 58.36. Freshman Joon Chung chipped in an 11th-place showing in the 100 breast (57.91).

Freshman Casey Woudenberg placed 10th in the 200-yard freestyle (1:41.27), while sophomore Daniel Ruckman finished 15th in that event (1:43.41).

The Black Knights finished the night by placing fourth in the 800-yard freestyle relay as the foursome of Viana, Dustin, Ruckman and Woudenberg clocked a time of 6:44.14.

Action at the ECAC Championships concludes on Sunday, Feb. 26, with the preliminaries scheduled for 9 a.m., and the finals slated for 4 p.m.

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