Army Hosts Connecticut Friday Night

Rita Snyder

Rita Snyder

Oct. 24, 2012

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army swimming and diving teams return to the friendly confines of Crandall Pool on Friday, Oct. 26, when the Black Knights host Connecticut in a non-conference dual meet at 6 p.m.

The Army men bring an unblemished 3-0 record into Friday's action after posting a 172-123 victory over Massachusetts last weekend. The Black Knight women, meanwhile, show a 3-1 mark after dropping a 170-122 decision at UMass last Friday.

Both Connecticut teams enter Friday evening's showdown boasting perfect 2-0 records after beginning the 2012-13 season last Saturday by sweeping Fordham and Patriot League member Bucknell in a tri-meet.

Senior Chris Nguyen, who was named Patriot League Male Diver of the Week after sweeping both diving events at UMass last weekend, was one of four Army men to win two individual events in the Black Knights' victory. Sophomores Joon Chung and Casey Woudenberg, and freshman Chris Szekely each added two wins apiece in the pool to contribute to the victory.

Chung outswam the competition in both breaststroke events, Woudenberg took gold in the 500 free and 1,000 free, and Szekely won the 100 free and 200 free.

Freshman Zach Blankenbeker chipped in a victory in the 200 fly (1:54.32), while sophomore Will Viana took gold in the 200 back (1:52.78). Junior Kenny Yacynych and sophomore Michael Dustin tied for first in the 100 fly with both swimmers touching the wall in 52.06.

Freshman Nat Beale collected three individual victories, and classmate Molly Mucciarone had a hand in a pair of wins to pace the Black Knight women at Massachusetts last Friday. Beale continued her dominance in the pool for the Army women as the first-year standout swept the backstroke events and won gold in the 200 IM.

Mucciarone, meanwhile, won the 100 free and teamed with sophomore Kristen Barta, freshman Shannon Rogers and junior Grace Hamilton to take gold in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Mucciarone also added a runner-up showing in the 100 fly.

The Army men are 7-6 all-time versus UConn after defeating the Huskies last season at West Point. The Black Knight women, meanwhile, are 4-10 all-time versus Connecticut after losing to the Huskies last year.

Following Friday's meet, the Black Knights will take a weekend off before hosting Buffalo on Saturday, Nov. 10. The non-conference dual is slated to begin at 12 p.m.

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