Nov. 1, 2014
BUFFALO – The Army women’s swim and dive team defeated Michigan State in the tri-meet at Buffalo. The decision came down to the last event, the 400 free relay. To defeat MSU the Black Knights had to touch the wall first and third, but they ended up with 1-and-2 finishes and clinched the victory.
“This was a great investment and event for our team across the board,” said head coach Mickey Wender. “We got a lot out of coming to this wonderful facility and had two great teams to race against. We came together as a team, learned about ourselves and to saw our potential as a program this season.”
Army’s firstie captains Keeli McNeary and Kristen Barta were anchors for the two 400 free relay teams that ensured the victory over Michigan State. The first relay team was made up of Shannon Rogers, Danielle Nuszkowski, Ana Bistrow and McNeary and recorded a time of 3:33.33. Kelly Hamilton, Rachel Kim, Megan Grier and Barta comprised the second team who touched the wall in 3:33.51.
Individually, Molly Mucciarone clocked a 56.92 for a first place finish in the 100 back. Hamilton finished second in the 200 back (1:52.63), while Kim touched the wall second in the 100 free (53.01). In the 500 free Army had second through fourth place finishes. Sabrina Mortell claimed second (5:04.59) and was followed by Nuszkowski (5:06.60) and Bistrow (5:06.83). Collin Kessinger clocked a time of 2:23.55 in the 200 breast for a third place finish, while Burkett followed shortly behind with a 2:25.57.
The Black Knights split on the weekend defeating Michigan State and losing to host Buffalo. The win over MSU was the first over a Big 10 opponent in program history. Army hosts its first home meet of the year on Friday, Nov. 7 when it faces Iona at 6 p.m.