Marist, Syracuse vs. Army

WEST POINT, New York, October 15. THE Army men's and women's swimming & diving teams competed in a non-scoring meet versus Marist and Syracuse Friday evening at Crandall Pool. The Black Knights turned in a strong showing as they combined to win 14 events on the night.

Sophomore Bill McCarty had a hand in four wins to set the pace for the Army men, while sophomore Alyssa Tran took gold in three events to lead the women.

McCarty dominated the freestyle events, winning the 100 free (47.91), 200 free (1:44.56) and 500 free (4:49.25). Then, in the final event of the night, he teamed with junior Byron Plapp, sophomore Dan Foky and freshman Kenny Yacynych to win the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:12.41).

Junior Brody Blickle, sophomore Alex Ford and Foky each had a hand in three wins for the Black Knights. Blickle bested the field in both the 100-yard backstroke (52.23) and 200-yard individual medley (1:56.71), while also teaming with senior Matt Leegan, Ford and Foky to take gold in the 200-yard medley relay (1:37.25).

Ford swept the butterfly events, winning both the 100-yard discipline (51.43) and the 200-yard event (1:55.55). Foky, meanwhile, outswam the competition in the 50 free (21.93).

Sophomore Chris Nguyen rounded out Army's list of winners on the men's side, taking first in the three-meter diving event with a score of 283.27.

For the second straight week, Tran won three individual races to pace the Black Knight women. She touched the wall first in the 50-yard freestyle (24.27), 100-yard breaststroke (1:08.89) and 100-yard butterfly (57.61). Tran also teamed with senior Cortney Heaps, sophomore Juliana Lynch and freshman Anna Lan to place third in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:53.63.

Senior Corri Payne had a hand in a pair of runner-up finishes in the pool for Army. Individually, Payne placed second in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 5:14.66. Then, in the final women's event of the meet, Payne teamed with Heaps, Lan and sophomore Megan Metts to place second in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:46.48).

"It was a solid day, and I'm pleased with the way we performed amidst a week of heavy training," said Army head coach Mickey Wender. "I thought Alex Ford had a great day for us. Bill McCarty and Brody Blickle swam really well for us as well. On the women's side, Alyssa Tran just continues to get better and better. I am very pleased with how she's progressing. As far as the diving goes, I was impressed with Chris Nguyen today. He did a nice job in winning the three-meter competition, and he continues to develop and progress. We showed some of our depth today as some of our second and third round people were able to produce for us."

Army returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 23, when the Black Knights travel to Amherst, Mass., to face UMass in a dual meet. The first events are slated to begin at 2 p.m.

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