Black Knights Prepare For Busy Weekend

Cole Garriott

Cole Garriott

Jan. 17, 2013

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army swimming and diving teams continue their road swing this weekend (Jan. 18-19) with a pair of meets. The Black Knights will travel to face Delaware on Friday, before making the trek south to Virginia to battle George Mason and Patriot League foe American on Saturday.

The Army-Delaware dual meet is scheduled to begin at a 1 p.m., with the tri-meet versus American and George Mason slated for 12 p.m.

The Army men begin the weekend boasting a 7-2 overall record following last weekend's sweep of Lehigh and Bucknell. The Black Knight women, meanwhile, show a 5-5 mark after splitting last weekend's action versus the Mountain Hawks and Bison.

Freshman Chris Szekely swept the 100 free, 200 free and 500 free to lead the Army men past Bucknell last Saturday. Senior Chris Nguyen, who was named Patriot League Diver of the Week for the seventh time this season on Monday, continues to pace the Black Knights off the boards.

Freshman Molly Mucciarone, who shattered the Lehigh pool record in the 100-yard butterfly in last Friday's victory over the Mountain Hawks, is in the midst of an outstanding plebe campaign. Fellow freshman Natalie Beale has also excelled for the Black Knights throughout the 2012-13 season.

The Delaware men enter Friday's dual meet showing a 4-3 overall record after knocking off Colonial Athletic Association rival Drexel last Saturday. The Delaware women, meanwhile, have won four straight duals and carry a 7-2 mark into Friday's showdown against Army. The Blue Hens defeated conference foes Drexel and Northeastern last Saturday.

The American men (1-3, 0-2 PL) were defeated by Georgetown last weekend. The AU women are 1-4 (0-2 PL) after being swept by Georgetown and James Madison last weekend.

The George Mason men are 4-2 on the season after sweeping Towson and Boston College last Saturday. The George Mason women, meanwhile, show a 2-5 record after splitting last weekend's meet.

The Army men are 1-0 all-time versus Delaware, though the two programs have not faced off since 1930. The Black Knights are also 10-1 all-time opposite American and 7-0 all-time against George Mason.

The Army women, who have never faced Delaware, are 8-2 all-time versus American and 0-6-1 all-time opposite George Mason.

Following this weekend's action, Army will return to the friendly confines of Crandall Pool to host Patriot League rivals Colgate and Lafayette on Saturday, Jan. 26. It will be Senior Day for the Black Knights, and the senior members of the program will be honored in a special ceremony prior to the first events.

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