Feb. 26, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Five Army swimmers were placed onto the All-Patriot League first team including, freshman Sean Regan, sophomore Chris Szekely, freshmen Ariana Bullard, and Kelly Hamilton and sophomore Molly Mucciarone, while seven other Black Knights were named to the all-conference second team, it was announced by the conference on Wednesday.
A total of 76 athletes earned All-League laurels after their performances at the Patriot League Championships last weekend at the Naval Academy’s Lejuene Hall in Annapolis, Md. With 38 individuals in both genders, 19 earned a spot on the first team with 19 were placed on the second team on each side.
The Army men placed five on the second unit, including juniors Zachary Woods and Will Viana who earned their third-career All-Patriot League award with their selection to the second team. Junior Michael Dustin and sophomore Sam Mo were both selected to the all-conference second team for the second straight year. Joining those four on the second unit is freshman Devin McCall.
A total of five Black Knight women were singled out for all-conference laurels for the first time since earning five citations in 2006. Senior diver Danielle Ullman and freshman Jessica Burkett joined Mucciarone, Hamilton and Bullard on the All-Patriot League team as both earned second team laurels.
Szekely, who earned second team laurels in his first year of competition, was tabbed first-team after placing in seven events at the annual championship competition. The Doylestown, Pa., native contributed to four team relays over the four-day event including the 200-yard medley relay which placed runner up, 200-yard free relay which placed fourth, the 400-yard free relay which took third-place and the 800-yard free relay which placed third. Individually, Szekely finished runner-up in the 100-yard free touching the wall at 44.16, added a third-place finish in the 50 free with a time of 20.34 and came in fourth in the 200 free (1:37.86).
Fort Washington, Pa., native, Regan, finished in the top-eight of three events to earn his spot on the first-team. Regan was sixth in the 200 IM recording a time of 1:50.99, third in the 100 fly (49.06) and took fourth-place in the 200 fly with a time of 1:48.13.
McCall collected his first career All-Patriot League honor by virtue of his seventh-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly. The Wenonah, N.J., native also had a hand in the Black Knights third-place performance in the 800-yard medley relay.
Taking his spot on the all-league team for the second year running, Dustin capped his sophomore season with five top-eight finishes this past weekend. After playing his part in the third-place 400 free relay, 400 medley relay and 200 free relay teams, the Greenwich, Conn., native added two individual performance in the four-day event. Dustin finished runner-up in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 47.97 and placed eighth in the 100-yard free, clocking in at 45.45.
Viana earned second-team honors for his third straight season thanks to his fifth-place showing in the 400 IM with a time of 3:56.73. Hailing from Stuttgart Germany, the junior also had a hand in the third-place 800 free and 400 medley relay teams.
Mo, who hails from Great Neck, N.Y., placed seventh in the 200 individual medley (1:51.11), seventh in the 100 fly (49.48) and fifth in the 200 breast (2:01.55). In addition, the sophomore contributed his efforts in the 400-medley relay team who took third-place.
Woods collected his third-straight team certificate after his runner-up finishes off the one-meter and three-meter boards. The Collierville, Tenn., native earned 306.90 off the one-meter for the second-place spot, before taking 334.10 off the 3-meter.
Bullard, who earned a total of 55 points for the Black Knights at the Championships, was named the Women’s Rookie of the Meet for her impressive performances. The Carmel, Ind., native placed in the top-eight of seven events in four days including her two school record setting performances in the 100 and 200-yard butterfly. Bullard posted a time of 53.40 in the 100-yard fly besting all swimmers in addition to topping all swimmers with a time of 1:58.97 in the 200-yard fly. In addition, the freshman first-team swimmer took fourth in the 50-yard free touching the wall at 23.34. Bullard also contributed her efforts in four Army relay teams including the first place record-setting 200-yard freestyle relay, runner up 200 and 400-yard medley relays and the sixth place 400-yard freestyle relay.
Hamilton, meanwhile, wrapped up an impressive rookie campaign with several outstanding performances in the conference meet. The Chambersburg, Pa., native bested a pool of eight in the 50-yard free with a time of 22.98, adding three top-eight individual performances over four-days. Hamilton placed sixth in the 100-yard fly (56.10), fifth in the 100-yard back (56.24) and eighth in the 200-yard back (56.24). The freshman was also part of the first-place 200-yard free relay team and runner-up 200-yard medley team.
Hailing from Cranbury, N.J., Mucciarone took her place on all-league first-team for the second-year running, earning points in six events. Individually, she posted a second-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 54.33, followed by a third-place showing in the 100-yard freestyle, touching the wall at 50.93. The sophomore standout, rounded out an impressive championship meet by being a part of the 200 and 400-yard medley relays and the 200 and 400-yard freestyle relays.
Burkett earned her spot on the Patriot League second-team by placing fifth in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:24.50 and seventh in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:04.93. The Boiling Spring, Pa., native also contributed to the second-place 200-yard medley relay team.
Ullman, capped her career placing in the top-eight off both boards in Leujene Hall on Thursday and Saturday. The Mahwah, N.J., native took the fifth-place spot off the one-meter board with a score of 241.30 and added a fifth-place performance off the three-meter board with 224.45 points.