March 1, 2015
PITTSBURGH – The Army men’s swimming and diving team finished second at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships after a first-place finish in the final relay event. Following three days of competition, the Black Knights accumulated 428.5 points.
“Today’s performance was a ending to the meet,” said head coach Mickey Wender. “It was great to see the men rally to finish second. We will not be satisfied until we win, but to finish second was an accomplishment after being in fourth after the first two days. The men win the last event in the 400 free relay was great. It was a developmental meet for the team and we learned a lot. This meet allowed different members of our team to contribute to the team and score big points for us to get us to the second-place position.”
The 400 free relay team finished the meet on a high-note when they won. They touched the wall in 2:59.80 to ensure Army’s second-place finish at the championships.
In the 1650 free, Matt Kane won the B Final to cap-off his career. He touched the wall in 16:02.71, which was 25 seconds quicker than his previous career-best. Garrett Simon also showed dramatic improvement after recording a career-best 16:05.77 during exhibition.
Michael Stanchi had a career-best in the 200 back where he placed sixth. He clocked a 1:49.65 during the preliminaries which placed him in the No. 5 position on Army’s All-Time Top 10 times list. Alex Dempsey (11th) and Brian Panaccione (23rd) also competed for the Black Kngihts.
Chris Szekely won the 100 free with a time of 44.53. Evin Rude and Devil McCall followed in fourth and eighth, both with career-best times. Nick Treiberg and Dion Hart finished in 29th and 40th, respectively. Mark Curley, Austin Kong and Ander Thompson all had career-best times during the exhibition races.
In the 200 breast, Joon Chung capped-off his career with an 11th place finish. He touched the wall in 2:03.74 as Army’s top finisher. Grayson Whitten (2:05.31), Pat Wall (2:05.53) and Clay Harmon (2:09.64) all had career-bests in the event.
Zack Blankenbeker placed third in the 200 fly with a time of 1:50.26. Richard Xue also competed in the event and placed sixth after touching the wall in 1:51.48.
The ECAC Championships conclude the Black Knights’ season. Josh Urnezis will represent Army at the NCAA Zone Diving Championships from March 8-11.
1. U.S. Naval Academy 661.5 2. Army Swim & Dive 428.5
3. Columbia University 418 4. Binghamton, State University o 400
5. Marist College Swimming/Diving 346 6. Pittsburgh, University of 295
7. University of Pennsylvania 264 8. Bucknell University 259
9. Rider University 195 10. Maine, University of, Orono 128
11. Umbc Swimming & Diving 87 12. Regis College 60
13. Saint Peter's University 54 14. Marymount University 42
15. Loyola University 22