Army Faces Navy In Annapolis On Thursday

Senior Co-Captain Grace Hamilton

Senior Co-Captain Grace Hamilton

Dec. 11, 2013

WEST POINT, N.Y.  - After breaking four plebe records and one academy record, three weeks ago at the Frank Elm Invite which was held at Rutgers University, Army will bring a great deal of momentum as it travels to Annapolis, Md., for Thursday's annual `Star' meet versus Navy.

Thursday's meet will be contested at Leujene Hall, as Navy will host the Black Knights for its second home meet of the season. A live video streamed broadcast of Thursday's event will be available by logging onto Navy's official athletics website (www.navysports.com). The meet will also be streamed live through the Patriot League Network's free campus insider website.

The Midshipmen swept last season's "Star" meet with the Navy men securing a 190-109 decision and the Navy women cruising to a 207-93 victory at West Point. Thursday's meet will serve as the Patriot League opener for both teams as Navy's previous meet versus Loyola was canceled.

The Army men are coming off a first-place finish at the Frank Elm Invite as the Black Knights went up against six other teams.

The win included a 200-yard medley relay plebe record performance consisting of teammates Brian Panaccione, Dan Mo, Nick Bergstein and Sean Regan. The Army B squad posted a fourth-place finish and the plebe record as it crossed the line three seconds after the Army A team. The team's performance of 3:26.17, topped the previous plebe record time of 3:26.41 set in 2009.

The Army women who competed with nine teams, collected a third-place finish in addition to breaking three plebe records and an academy record by sophomore Natalie Beale.

Beale, already an Army record-holder, broke her own academy record in the 200-back by 20 milliseconds claiming a runner-up finish, after touching the wall at 1:59.20. The sophomore also finished third overall in the 100-yard back with clocking in at 56.53.

First to make it onto the plebe record list was the 400-yard medley team of Kelly Hamilton, Jessica Burkett, Ariana Bullard and Megan Grier. Finishing fourth, the plebe teammates swam for a time of 3:54.91 shattering the 2004 record of 4:02.88. Following their victory, the same group went on to shatter another academy record in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:48.88.

Competing in the final day of the Frank Elm Invite, the Black Knight freshmen went on to collect their third plebe record of the meet in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Bullard, Hamilton, Grier and classmate Rachel Kim swam for a record time of 3:31.55, breaking the 2011 record by more than two seconds.

For those traveling to Thursday's meet, there will be a shuttle bus from the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium football stadium while those who plan on driving into The Yard must have a DoD card. In addition, the shuttle bus which runs from 5-9:30 p.m., will be free while parking will be $5 per vehicle.

A full recap and complete results will be posted on goARMYsports.com following the meet.

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