Black Knights Set For Busy Weekend

Head Coach Mickey Wender

Head Coach Mickey Wender

Nov. 15, 2012

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army swimming and diving teams will host their final competition of the fall slate on Saturday, Nov. 17, when the Black Knights entertain the Columbia men and the LIU Post women at Crandall Pool beginning at 5 p.m.

Army will also send a contingent of eight divers to the Frank Elm Invitational at Rutgers this weekend (Nov. 16-18). Vinny Franchino, Chris Nguyen, Josh Urnezis and Zachary Woods will represent the Black Knight men, while Maggie Churchill, Breawna Davis, Michelle Su and Danielle Ullman will dive for the Army women.

The Army-Columbia diving events will be contested at the Rutgers event as the Lions are also sending a group of divers to Piscataway, N.J. LIU Post does not sponsor a diving program.

The Army men carry a perfect 5-0 record into Saturday's matchup versus Columbia following last week's victory versus Buffalo. The Black Knight women, meanwhile, show a 3-3 mark after falling to the Bulls last weekend.

The Columbia men bring a 1-1 record into Saturday's action after splitting a pair of Ivy League meets versus Pennsylvania and Yale. The Lions opened the season by defeating the Quakers, but dropped a road decision to the Bulldogs last Saturday. Columbia will swim against Ivy League rival Harvard in Cambridge, Mass., on Friday night, before making the trek to West Point for Saturday's dual meet.

The LIU Post women boast a perfect 2-0 mark following home victories over Wagner and Kutztown. The Pioneers have won their first two dual meets by an average of 50 points.

Ayman Andrews took gold in both butterfly events, Chris Nguyen swept the diving disciplines and Chris Szekley won a pair of freestyle races to help the Army men defeat Buffalo last Saturday. The Black Knights won 10 of the 16 events contested en route to the victory.

Nat Beale swept the 100 and 200-yard backstroke events, and finished runner-up in the 200-yard individual medley to lead the Army women against Buffalo.

The Army men, who fell at Columbia last season, boast a 57-22 all-time record versus the Lions. The Black Knight women, who suffered their first-ever setback to LIU Post last year, are 2-1 all-time versus the Pioneers.

Following this weekend's action, the Black Knights will take Thanksgiving Weekend off before traveling to Providence, R.I., to compete at the Brown Big Bear Open. The three-day event will run from Nov. 30-Dec. 2.

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