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 ( 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 following the meet.

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