Oct. 18, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. – After taking last weekend off, the Army swimming and diving teams return to action on Saturday, Oct. 19, when the Black Knights host Massachusetts. The non-conference dual meet, which will be contested at Crandall Pool, is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., with diving starting an hour prior to swimming events.
The Army men bring an unblemished, 1-0 record into Friday’s action after a season opening win against Patriot League foe Boston University on Oct. 4. The Black Knight women carry a 1-1 mark into the matchup with UMass after defeating Vermont and falling to Boston University during that season-opening meet.
Massachusetts opened its 2013-14 campaign last week against Boston University. Both the Minutemen and Minutewomen contributed to a 155-145 defeat over Boston University taking first place in 10 of 16 events.
Army freshman Ariana Bullard posted a pair of individual victories in the sprint freestyle and butterfly events to pace the Black Knight women in the pool during the season opener. Plebe teammate Megan Grier also contributed two first-place finishes in the 100 and 200-yard freestyle races.
Sophomore mid-distance record holder Nat Beale and freshman Jessica Burkett added to the individual victories list with first-place finishes in the 200-yard backstroke and 100-yard breaststroke, respectively. Burkett also had a second-place showing in the 200 IM, while fellow plebes Kelly Hamilton and Michaela Loomis also took silver in their respective events.
Senior divers Danielle Ullman, Rita Snyder and co-captain Breawna Davis, added points off of both boards for the Army versus BU and Vermont.
Mid-distance sophomore swimmer Chris Szekely opened the season scoring in his respective events for the Black Knight men’s team with two first place honors in the 100-yard freestyle and the 200-yard freestyle races. Sophomore Sam Mo also had an impressive showing as he finished first in the 200 individual medely and the 100-yard butterfly. Mo’s plebe brother, Dan, took a second-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly exactly one second behind his older brother.
Meanwhile, junior diver Chris Urnezis dominated in diving events in his second year of competition, taking a first-place finish off the one-meter and three-meter boards.
The Army men show a 6-2 all-time record versus UMass after posting a 172-123 victory over the Minutemen last season in Amherst, Mass. The Black Knight women, meanwhile, are 1-7 all-time versus Massachusetts after dropping a 170-122 decision last year. The two schools have met every year since the series began in 2005-06.
Following Saturday’s meet, the Black Knights will travel for the first time this season to Storrs, Conn., where they will compete against the University of Connecticut on Saturday, Oct. 26. The Army-UConn meet is set to get underway at 2 p.m. with diving events two hours prior to the start.