Three Black Knights Win Patriot League Weekly Awards

Chris Nguyen

Chris Nguyen

Jan. 21, 2013

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Three members of the Army swimming and diving teams collected Patriot League weekly awards, it was announced by the conference office on Monday. Senior Chris Nguyen was named the Patriot League Male Diver of the Week, while freshmen Molly Mucciarone and Chris Szekely swept the conference's weekly swimming awards.

Nguyen established a Patriot League record by winning the conference's Male Diver of the Week award for the eighth time this season. Nguyen, who has taken home the weekly plaudits 18 times over the course of his decorated four-year career, excelled in a pair of meets over the weekend.

The Cheshire, Conn., native won the three-meter event (307.65) and placed runner-up off the one-meter board (294.60) at Delaware on Friday. He blew away the competition off the high board, winning the event by more than 32 points. The following day, Nguyen took gold off the three-meter board (342.35) and finished fifth off the one-meter (240.35) in Army's triangular meet sweep of conference rival American and George Mason. Again, he cruised to victory in the three-meter competition, outpointing the field by more than 44 markers.

Mucciarone was named Patriot League Female Swimmer of the Week for the first time in her career after leading the Army women in both meets last weekend. The first-year standout from Cranbury, N.J., won the 100-yard butterfly in 58.14 seconds and placed runner-up in the 50-yard freestyle (24.63) in the Delaware meet on Friday.

On Saturday, Mucciarone won the 50 free (24.26), finished second in the 100 fly (58.11) and placed fourth in the 100 free (54.21) versus American and George Mason. She was also a member of Army's 400-yard medley relay team that placed runner-up with a clocking of 4:00.22.

Szekely, meanwhile, picked up his first career Patriot League Male Swimmer of the Week certificate following another outstanding weekend in the pool. The product of Doylestown, Pa., totaled three wins and three runner-up showings over the course of the weekend.

A freestyle specialist, Szekely opened the weekend by finishing second in the 100 free (47.19) and 200 free (1:43.33) at Delaware. He saved his best swimming for Saturday, however, winning the 50 free (21.34) and 100 free (46.95) and placing runner-up in the 200 free (1:42.50). Szekely also swam on Army's 400-yard freestyle relay team that won gold in a time of 3:07.81.

The Army swimming and diving teams return to the friendly confines of Crandall Pool on Saturday, Jan. 26, when the Black Knights host Patriot League rivals Colgate and Lafayette at 1 p.m.

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