Jan. 17, 2015
WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Army men’s swim and dive team handily defeated Colgate, 195-95, and Lafayette, 193-97, Saturday afternoon at Crandall Pool. The Black Knights improve to 7-3 overall this season and 4-1 in Patriot League dual-meets.
“I thought today went really well,” stated head coach Mickey Wender. “The way we came out collectively was much better than we have been in terms of team presence and execution, which was much improved from a week ago. I thought everybody had a better sense of their race plan today and overall were more focused. I like where we are at, we have not backed off one iota in terms of focusing on the championship meet, which is our main focus.”
The highlight of the meet was arguably the very last event when the Army relay teams were split by class.
“The team loves to race and one thing about cadets is that they love to compete against each other,” said Wender. “Sometimes, when the meet is already decided, we get a little better effort out of the team when the class pride is on the line.”
The cow team comprised of Austin Kong, Adam Sjoholm, Samuel Mo and Chris Szekely earned bragging rights after touching the wall in 1:24.35. They beat out the firsties who clocked a 1:34.91 and the yearlings who recorded a time of 1:26.68.
Garrett Simon placed first in the 1000 free and clocked a 9:46.61. In the 200 free, Szekely claimed the top spot with a time of 1:43.08. Evin Rude touched the wall in 51.81 in the 100 back to finish first.
Sjoholm finished first in the 50 free (21.51) and in the 100 free (47.28) for the Black Knights.
Firstie Josh Urnezis had a career-best performance off the 1-meter, just missing the Academy record. He swept the competition after tallying a 333.30 in the 1-meter and a 316.50 off the 3-meter. Seth Nordell earned second place in the 3-meter with a score of 207.60 and was followed by Jake Davies who was awarded 172.60 points.
Off the 1-meter, Joe Frullaney came in second with 223.50 points, while Nordell finished third with 215.20 points.
The Black Knights are back home Saturday, Jan. 24 when they host George Mason, American and Boston U at Crandall Pool for senior day at 12 p.m.