Nov. 3, 2011
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
After taking a weekend off from competition, the Army swimming and diving teams return to action on Saturday, Nov. 5, when the Black Knights host Connecticut in a non-conference dual meet at Crandall Pool. The first events are slated for 2 p.m.
The Army men carry a perfect 4-0 record into Saturday's dual meet versus Connecticut. The Black Knights have recorded early-season victories over Stony Brook, Boston College, Marist and Massachusetts.
Army's women began the season by posting wins over Stony Brook and Boston College, but losses to Vermont, Marist and Massachusetts put the Black Knights at 2-3 heading into this weekend's action.
The Black Knight men are coming off a 177-112 victory over UMass two weeks ago.
Freshmen Will Viana and Joon Chung set the pace for the Army men as both plebes won a pair of events versus the Minutemen. Viana, who was named to the Patriot League weekly honor roll for his effort, touched first in the 200 free and the 500 free. He also added a runner-up showing in the 200 back.
Chung, meanwhile swept the breaststroke events, taking gold in the 100 breast and 200 breast.
Freshmen Casey Woudenberg (1000 free) and Spencer LeeMurakami (200 fly) also picked up victories in the pool for the Black Knights, as did juniors Dan Foky (50 free), Bill McCarty (100 free) and Ayman Andrews (100 fly).
Junior Chris Nguyen paced the Black Knights in the diving events, winning the 3-meter event.
The Army women dropped a heart-breaking 151-149 verdict to Massachusetts the last time out. The Black Knights and Minutewomen split the 16 events, but UMass won the final three events to secure the victory.
Junior Alyssa Tran had a hand in four of Army's eight wins in the pool to pace the Black Knights. Tran took home first-place ribbons in the 50 free, 100 breast and 100 fly en route to earning Patriot League Female Swimmer of the Week laurels for the first time in her career.
Tran also helped Army take gold in the 200-yard medley relay, teaming with freshman Meghan Buckley, senior Paige Brink and sophomore Grace Hamilton.
Sophomore Lara Stouffer was a double winner for the Black Knights versus UMass, sweeping the backstroke events.
Joining Tran and Stouffer in the winners' circle were Brink (200 fly) and Hamilton (100 free).
Both of Connecticut's teams have fared well in the early going as the Huskies turned in strong performances as the Husky Invitational (Oct. 22) and the BIG EAST Quad Meet (Oct. 28-29).
The Army men show a 6-6 all-time record versus Connecticut following last season's 153-147 setback to the Huskies. The Black Knight women, who dropped a 164-127 decision to the Huskies last season, are 4-9 all-time against UConn.
Following Saturday's meet, the Black Knights will hit the road for the next four weeks. The Army women are next in action on Friday, Nov. 18, when they travel to Brookville, N.Y., to face C.W. Post at 6 p.m. The Black Knight men get back in the pool on Saturday, Nov. 19, when they make the short trek to New York, N.Y., to tangle with Columbia at 12 p.m.