By Army West Point Athletics, Office of Athletic CommunicationsJanuary 11, 2016
WEST POINT, N.Y. (Jan. 11, 2015) - The U.S. Military Academy at West Point men's swimming and diving team defeated Bucknell, 174-117 Jan. 9, to complete a 2-0 sweep on the weekend. The Black Knights earned the top three spots in seven events over the Bisons on senior day.
"I'm so proud of the entire program today," said head coach Mickey Wender. "The swimmers and divers and men and women have been growing and developing into the best team that I've seen here in my ten years. It was a great way to send out our firstie class. They have been a cornerstone of the program and have built a culture where everybody has the opportunity to grow to their full potential. I think our men's and women's relationship has grown and it showed today. The seniors over the four years have contributed so much.
"It's fun to have these milestone wins. Bucknell is a talented team that is well coached so it makes it that much more meaningful to beat them head-to-head coming off a challenging night against Lehigh."
The Black Knights kicked-off the meet with a sweep in the 200 medley relay. The team of Cadets Josh Sembrano, Joseph Daniels, Austin Kong and Chris Szekely were first after finishing in 1:32.31. Cadets Matt McPheters, Colin Kanzari, Sean Regan and Brandon McCredie (1:33.63) were second, while Cadets Pierre Archambeau, Nick Treiberg, Sam Mo and Adam Sjoholm were third (1:33.67).
In the 1,000 free, Cadet Tom Ottman earned a first-place finish with a time of 9:27.10. Cadet Clay Harmon was third in 9:46.01.
Cadets Evin Rude and Devin McCall went one-two in the 200 free with times of 1:40.21 and 1:43.34.
Sembrano claimed first in the 100 back (49.51) and was followed by McPheters (51.13). Kanzari, Daniels and S. Mo went one-two-three in the 100 breast. Kanzari had a time of 57.42, while Daniels recorded a 57.55 and Mo had a 58.33.
Army swept in the 200 fly. Cadet Jay Yang (1:51.25) was first, Blankenbeker was second (1:54.41) and Regan took third (1:56.04).
The Black Knights tallied a top-three finish in the 50 free. Szekely (20.74) earned the first-place spot and was followed by McCredie (21.33) and Kong (21.58).
Army turned around and swept in the 100 free. Szekely (45.22), Rude (45.88) and Sjoholm (47.32) took the top spots for the Black Knights.
Sembrano (1:49.31) and Yang (1:49.77) were Army's top finishers in the 200 back and Ottman took second in the 500 free with a time of 4:40.14.
The Black Knights tallied a sweep in the 200 breast with Mo (2:05.47), Kanzari (2:08.52) and Daniels (2:10.85) going one-two-three.
Kong placed first in the 100 fly after touching the wall in 50.25, while Mo, McCredie and Regan followed directly behind with times of 50.40 and 51.57.
During the diving portion of the meet, Cadet Joe Frullaney placed second off the 1-meter for Army with a score of 263.85. Cadet Edward Emery was fourth with 179.02 points. Off the 3-meter, Emery was third with marks of 199.80.
"We purposefully set up these meets to swim tired and sore and perform the next day," explained Wender. "We did a great job, but this is one step along the way. We have bigger fish to fry and we are on our way to a great conference meet."
The Black Knights improve to 6-1 on the season and return to action Jan. 16, when they face Colgate and Lafayette in Hamilton, N.Y.