Army West Point Tops UMass in Home Opener

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The Army West Point men continued their perfect streak Friday night with a win over UMass in their home pool. The Black Knights topped the Minutemen 187-120 on the men’s side.

Army Press Release:

The Army West Point men’s swimming and diving team downed UMass in its home opener at Crandall Pool Friday night 187-120.

The Black Knights remain a perfect 3-0 after tonight’s win. Army dominated after recording the top time in every swim event.

The meet featured a new event for both sides in the 100 IM. The Cadets set a pool and Academy record. Austin Kong captured both records with a standard of 51.89.

Army came out strong in the first event of the night with first and second place finishes. The “A” team of Josh SembranoColin Kanzari, Kong and Chris Szekely touched the wall first in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:31.92. Army’s “B” team comprised of Evin RudeSam MoJason Rodriguez and Brandon McCredie followed closely behind with a time of 1:34.72.

In the 1000 free, the Black Knights also went one-two with Clay Harmon first to the wall in 9:43.75 then Tom Ottman who recorded a time of 9:49.36.

Army earned the top three spots in the 100 IM and 200 free. Kong led the way in the 100 IM over Sam Mo (51.94) and Dan Mo (53.15), while Rude (1:41.94), Devin McCall (1:42.88) and Adam Sjoholm (1:44.59) went first through third in the 200 free.

Sembrano clocked a first-place time of 50.48 in the in the 100 back. In the 100 breast, the Black Knights placed first through third. Colin Kanzari touched the wall first in 58.32 and was followed by Kong (59.24) and Pat Wall (1:00.12).

Army swept the top-four spots in the 200 fly. Jay Yang recorded a first place time of 1:51.60, and Jason Rodriguez (1:54.30), Zach Blankenbecker (1:54.50) and Sean Regan (1:55.76) followed closely behind.

Szekely touched the wall first in the 50 free with a time of 20.68 and the 100 free in 44.59. Yang won the 200 back after clocking a 1:49.60 and was followed by Sembrano who had a time of 1:50.54.

In the diving portion, Joe Frullaney and Edward Emery placed fourth and fifth on the 1-meter with 135.75 points and 131.18, respectively. Emery also competed for the Black Knights off the 3-meter at earned 163.20 points.

The Black Knights next face Columbia on Nov. 6 in New York, N.Y.

UMass Press Release:

Army picked up 10 event wins on the women’s side and nine on the men’s side as the Black Knights swept the UMass swimming and diving teams on Friday night at Crandall Pool at the United States Military Academy.

Both UMass swimming and diving programs will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Boston University for a 1 p.m., dual meet with the Terriers.

For the Minutewomen (0-1), Jocelyn Yuen led the swimmers with a pair of second place finishes in the 100 individual medley (1:00.31) and in the 200 fly (2:08.96). Steph Campo also posted a second place finish in the 1,000 free with a time of 10 minutes, 33.40 seconds.

On the boards, Emma Roush once again swept the 1-meter and 3-meter events with first place finishes on both. Julia Jagannath took second on the 1-meter and third in the 3-meter flip-flopping finishes with Katie Polk in the events.

The men were led in the pool by Owen Wright who placed second in both the 50 free and 100 free events and fourth in the 100 individual medley (53.52 seconds). Wright swam 20.94 seconds in the 50 free – just 0.26 seconds behind Army’s winner Chris Szekely. In the 100 free, Wright tied for second as he and Army’s Brandon McCredie each touched the wall at 46.81 seconds.

Oliver Wyeth took second int he 100 back (51.83 seconds), while Kyle Vieria placed third in the 1,000 free (9:57.30) out-touching teammate Alessandro Bomprezzi by just 0.02 seconds.

On the boards for the men, Trent Kindvall placed first in the 1-meter event, while Nolan Burns won the 3-meter event. Kindvall placed second on the 3-meter board, while Burns took second in the 1-meter dive.

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