Army Wraps Up Competition At Brown Big Bear Open

Nat Beale

Nat Beale

Dec. 2, 2012

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Freshman Nat Beale had a hand in a pair of Academy records to spark the Army women, and senior Ayman Andrews and freshman William Dempsey shattered school marks on the men's side as the Black Knights closed out competition at the Brown Big Bear Open on Sunday.

The Black Knight men finished the three-day meet with 735.5 points to place third overall. Princeton took the men's title with 1,008 points, while Dartmouth (772) edged Army for second place. Brown (466.5), Columbia (450.5) and Rider (236.5) occupied the bottom half of the six-team field.

The Army women, meanwhile, racked up 352 points to place fifth as a team. Princeton won the women's meet with 1,024 points. Yale (802) finished runner-up, followed by Brown (618), Dartmouth (538) and Army. New Hampshire (256), Rider (125) and Columbia (64) rounded out the eight-team field.

"I am extremely proud of all of our athletes," said Army head coach Mickey Wender. "It was a very good mid-season experience for both of our teams. We learned a lot, and it will serve us well moving forward."

Beale, who enjoyed a remarkable weekend, began the evening session by establishing the Academy standard in the 200-yard backstroke. The first-year standout placed third overall with a clocking of 2 minutes, 0.40 seconds. Beale then joined junior Grace Hamilton, junior Juliette Wallerstein and freshman Molly Mucciarone on Army's 400-yard freestyle relay team that shattered that school record with a time of 3:28.13.

Hamilton also excelled individually, finishing eighth in the 100-yard freestyle (51.61) after clocking the third-best time in school history during the preliminaries (51.58). Mucciarone authored a 10th-place finish in the 100 free with the second-fastest time in Academy history (51.53). Wallerstein, meanwhile, placed 14th in the 100 free (52.36) after posting the fifth-best time in Army history during the preliminaries (52.09).

Sophomore Keeli McNeary added an 11th-place showing in the 200 back, touching the wall in 2:04.46.

Andrews broke the 25-year-old school record in the 200-yard butterfly, finishing second overall with a clocking that meets the NCAA "B" standard (1:47.59).

Freshman Zach Blankenbeker finished fifth in the 200 fly, touching the wall in the fifth-best time in Academy history (1:50.71). Three other Black Knights scored points in the 200 fly with junior Wesley Trumbauer (1:51.18), freshman Sam Mo (1:53.14) and sophomore Will Viana (1:54.46) placing sixth, 13th and 16th, respectively.

Dempsey led the way for Army in the 200-yard backstroke as the first-year swimmer broke the school record and placed fourth overall with a clocking of 1:49.50. Junior Kenny Yacynych chipped in a 13th-place showing in the 200 back (1:52.96).

Sophomore Joon Chung finished fifth in the 200-yard breaststroke to lead a strong showing for the Black Knights in the event. Chung touched the wall in 2:03.81 in the finals after clocking the fifth-fastest time in Academy history during the preliminaries (2:02.58).

Three other Army breaststrokers scored points for the Black Knights in the 200 breast with freshman Colin Kanzari (2:06.06), senior Carter Kelly (2:04.64) and junior Ben Quay (2:06.63) placing seventh, 10th and 16th, respectively.

Sophomore Casey Woudenberg paced Army's contingent of distance freestylers, placing sixth in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 15:59.67. Junior Daniel Ruckman finished ninth in the mile (16:07.86), while freshman Richard Xue (16:11.60) and sophomore Matthew Kane (16:22.21) placed 10th and 13th, respectively.

Sophomore Michael Dustin led the Black Knights in the 100-yard freestyle, placing 11th with a time of 45.86. Freshman Chris Szekely was 12th in the 100 free (46.01), while freshman Adam Sjoholm took 15th in that same event (46.30).

Army's foursome of Szekely, Dustin, Sjoholm and senior Dan Foky closed the night by teaming to place third in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:02.08).

Army returns to its dual meet schedule on Thursday, Dec. 6, when the Black Knights travel to Philadelphia, Pa., to face arch-rival Navy. The annual "Star" meet, which will be contested at the Kroc Center, is set to begin at 6 p.m.

Meet Notes: The Army women broke five Academy relay records during the course of the weekend.

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