Dec. 3, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -
After helping the Black Knights shatter 12 Academy records and 10 plebe standards at last weekend's Brown Big Bear Open, three members of the Army swimming and diving teams were lauded with Patriot League weekly awards in Monday's announcement by the conference office.
Freshman Natalie Beale, who had a hand in establishing six Academy records and four plebe marks, was named the Patriot League Female Swimmer of the Week for the second time this season. Senior Ayman Andrews was tabbed the conference's Male Swimmer of the Week for the second time this year after shattering school records in both butterfly events. Senior Chris Nguyen, meanwhile, was selected the Patriot League Male Diver of the Week for the fifth time this season after winning the one-meter competition and placing runner-up off the three-meter board.
Beale broke individual school standards in the 100-yard backstroke (56.51) and 200-yard backstroke (2:00.40). The Baltimore, Md., native also shattered the Army freshman marks in the backstroke events as well as the 200-yard individual medley (2:05.31) and 400 IM (4:30.17).
Beale was a member of four Army relay teams that established Academy records as well. She swam the leadoff leg on the Black Knights' 200-yard medley, 400-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relays. The first-year standout also swam on Army's 800-yard freestyle relay.
Andrews placed runner-up in the 100 fly (48.00) and 200 fly (1:47.59), meeting the NCAA "B" cut in both events. Andrews broke his own school record in the 100 fly during the preliminaries when he touched the wall in 47.76. His clocking in the 200 fly shattered the Academy standard as well.
Andrews, who also turned in a seventh-place showing in the 200 IM (1:53.13), swam on Army's 400-yard medley relay team that broke the school record with a clocking of 3:18.67.
Nguyen, who has won the Patriot League Male Diver of the Week award 15 times over the course of his remarkable career, took gold off the one-meter board with a score of 335.65 points. He finished more than 20 markers in front of the second-place finisher. Nguyen then placed runner-up off the three-meter board with a score of 357.95 points.
The Army swimming and diving teams return to action on Thursday, Dec. 6, when the Black Knights travel to Philadelphia, Pa., to face Navy. The annual "Star" meet is set to get under way from the Kroc Center at 6 p.m.