Army vs. Bucknell

LEWISBURG, Pennsylvania, January 15. THE Army men's swimming and diving team capped a stellar weekend on Saturday afternoon by defeating Bucknell, 156-142, in a Patriot League dual meet at Kinney Natatorium. The Black Knight women, meanwhile, suffered a 201-98 setback to the Bison.

The Army men, who defeated Lehigh last night, improve to 6-4 on the season. The Black Knights won just seven of the 16 events versus Bucknell, but the team's depth proved to be the difference in the meet. The Army women won five events versus the Bison this afternoon as they slip to 3-7.

Sophomore Ayman Andrews and freshman Kenny Yacynych both had a hand in a pair of wins in the pool for the Army men, while sophomore Chris Nguyen swept the diving events.

Yacynych and Andrews began the meet by teaming with senior Matt Leegan and sophomore Dan Foky to win the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1 minute, 33.81 seconds.

Andrews went on to take gold in the 100-yard butterfly (50.63), while Yacynych won the 100-yard backstroke (51.59).

Nguyen, who has established himself as one of the top divers in the Patriot League, won both the one-meter event (302.40 points) and three-meter discipline (313.35).

Freshman Michael Drives, who was a triple winner in yesterday's victory at Lehigh, posted his fourth victory of the weekend by besting the field in the 500-yard freestyle (4:37.60).

Elsewhere, junior Cody Reeb (9:44.29) and freshman Brock Redondo (9:44.38) placed first and second, respectively, in the 1000-yard freestyle.

Sophomore Alyssa Tran and freshman Lara Stouffer both authored two wins apiece in the pool to pace the Black Knight women.

Tran was victorious in both the 50-yard freestyle (24.18) and 100-yard butterfly (58.32), while Stouffer touched first in the 100-yard backstroke (1:00.53) and 200-yard backstroke (2:09.78).

Senior Katie Woodhams accounted for the Black Knights' fifth individual victory of the day as the team captain won the one-meter diving event with a personal-best score of 239.40 points.

"For our men to beat Bucknell at their pool is huge," said Army head coach Mickey Wender. "It was a total team effort, and I could not be happier for the guys. That was as good as we have been all year, and it was a performance that we can all be proud of. Michael Drives showed guts and confidence this weekend, Ayman Andrews continues to come into his own and Kenny Yacynych exhibited a great deal of poise. I thought the divers did a tremendous job, as well, led by Chris Nguyen's sweep.

"It was a good weekend for our women too," added Wender. "I continue to be impressed by Alyssa Tran. She is a clutch performer who just continues to get better. I thought Lara Stouffer made some adjustments from yesterday and swam very well in sweeping the backstroke events. Finally, having Paige Brink back in the lineup will be a huge boost for us down the stretch."

The Army swimming and diving teams will be back in action on Friday, Jan. 21, when the Black Knights make the trek to Philadelphia, Pa., to face Drexel in a non-league dual meet. The first events are slated for noon.

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