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Swim and Dive Set for Home Opener

Nov. 6, 2014

WEST POINT, N.Y.  The Army men’s swimming and diving team will host its first home meet of the season Friday, Nov. 7 when the Black Knights take the blocks against Iona and Columbia at Crandall Pool.

“Our team is always very excited to race at home,” said head coach Mickey Wender. “The cadets have traditionally been tremendous at Crandall Pool over the years and I would expect nothing less than staying true to form this weekend. It has been a long fall, but the team is excited for another opportunity to race and especially to race at home.”

Columbia and Army have an all-time record of 57-23, in favor of the Black Knights, with the Lions winning the last five meetings. Last season Columbia defeated Army 182.5-115.5.

Iona is 1-1 after defeating St. Francis Brooklyn and losing to Bryant earlier this season. This is the first time the Black Knights and Gaels will face each other in program history.

“This will be the first time we swim against Iona, we are just looking to race hard, learn, grow, develop as a team and to continue to improve,” Wender explained. “Columbia has a very talented, well coached team that we know well. They will give us as much as we can handle so we are excited for the challenge. Especially at home, Columbia seems to bring out the best in us so I know the guys are excited for another opportunity to race them.”

Last weekend the Black Knights competed in the first tri-meet of the season and split with Buffalo and Michigan State. Cow Chris Szekely earned Patriot League Swimmer of the Week honors after he finished first in a pair of individual events and swam the fastest legs in the first-place team relays. In the 50 free, Szekely beat the second place finisher by 0:00.42 seconds and by 0:00.30 in the 100 free.

Friday’s meet is set to start at 7 p.m.

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