Army Set To Host Navy On Thursday

Alyssa Tran

Alyssa Tran

Dec. 6, 2011

WEST POINT, N.Y. - After faring well at the Zippy Invitational and Big Al Invitational last weekend, the Army men's and women's swimming and diving teams return to action on Thursday, Dec. 8, when the Black Knights host Navy in the annual Star Meet. The first swimming events are set to get under way at West Point's Crandall Pool beginning at 6 p.m.

ITT Exelis Knight Vision will cover the Army-Navy meet with Rick Johnston (play by play) and Ray Bosse (color analysis) calling the action.

Navy thoroughly dominated last season's Star Meet, which was held in Philadelphia, Pa. The Midshipmen swept both competitions with the Navy men posting a 246-54 win and the Navy women earning a 240.5-59.5 victory.

Army and Navy will be squaring off at West Point for the first time since the 2008-09 Star Meet was held at Crandall Pool on Dec. 4, 2008.

Thursday's meet will serve as the Patriot League opener for both of Army's teams. Both of Navy's teams boast perfect 3-0 marks against conference foes following home sweeps of American, Bucknell and Lafayette (Nov. 5).

The Army men, who show a 5-1 mark through the early portion of its dual meet schedule, won the Zippy Invitational last weekend in the Black Knights' final tune-up prior to Thursday's Star Meet. Junior Ayman Andrews (100 fly), sophomore Kenny Yacynych (100 back) and freshman Will Viana (200 back) each broke an Academy record to lead Army to the team title.

Another Army record fell in the final event at the Zippy Invitational as the freshman foursome of Michael Dustin, Viana, Tyler Sowell and Casey Woudenberg combined their talents to shatter the school standard in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

The Black Knight women (2-5) placed fifth out of 14 teams at last weekend's the Zippy Invitational. Sophomore Keeli McNeary swam the second-fastest times in Academy history in both the 100 back and 200 back to pace Army at the event. Junior Alyssa Tran, meanwhile, broke her own school record in the 50 free.

Army's divers competed at the Big Al Invitational in Princeton, N.J., last weekend. Junior Chris Nguyen led the Black Knight men, placing fourth off the one-meter board and fifth in the three-meter event. Sophomore Danielle Ullman finished within the top 35 off the one-meter, three-meter and platform to pace the Army women.

Navy has been idle since competing at the Nike Cup in Chapel Hill, N.C., over the weekend of Nov. 17-19. The Navy men, who carry an undefeated 7-0 record into Thursday's dual meet, placed second at the event. The Navy women (5-2) were fifth at the Nike Cup.

Army and Navy have met 73 times previously on the men's side with the Midshipmen owning a 44-29 advantage in the all-time series. The Black Knight men, who have dropped 20 straight decisions to their arch rivals, last defeated Navy during the 1990-91 campaign (130-113).

Navy has dominated Army in the women's series since its inception, having taken 26 of the 30 previous encounters. The Black Knights' most recent victory over the Navy women came during the 1988-89 season (168-130). Army has lost 22 consecutive meetings versus the Mids. Three of the Black Knights' four wins over Navy occurred at West Point.

Following Thursday's meet, the Army swimming and diving teams will be idle until Tuesday, Jan. 3, when the Black Knights travel to San Juan, Puerto Rico, for the San Juan Invitational. Army will then continue its Patriot League slate by hosting Lehigh (Jan. 13) and Bucknell (Jan. 14) at Crandall Pool.

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