Army Men Move To 2-0 With Win Over UNCW, Seahawk Women Top Black Knights

by SwimSwam 1

September 26th, 2022 College, News, Previews & Recaps

Army vs UNCW

  • Saturday, September 24, 2022
  • Wilmington, N.C.
  • SCY (25 yards)
  • Full Results (PDF)
  • Final Scores
    • Women: UNCW 163, Army 137
    • Men: Army 160, UNCW 138

Courtesy: Army Athletics

Wilmington, NC. – Army West Point men’s swim and dive team dominated UNCW to remain undefeated, now 2-0 in the season.  Jack Pogue finished first in the 200 butterfly. Army West Point women’s swim and dive fell to UNCW 137-163.  Minh Donnell finished first in the 1 Meter dive with a score of 235.15.

How it Happened
Men’s Meet 

Army came out strong against UNCW.  In many events the Black Knights placed in the top three spots.  Sam Wesley finished first the 200 IM with a time of 1:49.71, first in the 200 Back with a time of 1:47.24, and Evan Yoo also finished first in the 200 breast with a time of 1:59.72.

Kohen Rankin also had a successful meet.  He finished first in the 100 Breast with a time of 55.28.  There were also instances where Army took the top two spots.  In the 1000 Free, both Brice Barrieault and Ian Tansill finished first and second respectively.  In diving, Isaac Newman came in first in the 1 Meter dive and finished third in the 3 Meter dive.  Also, Wes Tate and Tanner Falls finished second and third respectfully in the 200 Free.

With today’s victory over UNCW, the Black Knights are now 2-0.

First Place finishes

Women’s Meet
The Black Knights fell to a strong UNCW team, finishing 137 to 163.  Though falling to the Seahawks, the Black Knights had success in several events.

Diver, Minh Donnell finished first in the 1 Meter dive with a score of 235.15, as well as finishing first in the 3 Meter with a score of 250.15, respectfully. Freshman, Molly Webber also saw success today finishing in the top five in her events.  She finished first in the 500 free with a time of 4:57.21.  Black Knights Meghan Cole and Catriona Gilmore held the top two spots in the 200 IM.  Layne Peterson had a successful night finishing second in the 200 Back with a time of 2:04.15, as well as finishing third in the 100 Back with a time of 58.29.

Although, falling to the Seahawks there were several Black Knights that won their respective event.

First place finishers:

For a full list of results, click HERE.

Coach’s Corner
Brandt Nigro on today’s meet: “Gritty is the word that best describes our team today. Coming off a great meet yesterday afternoon vs South Carolina followed by some late travel and an early morning meet – our team really needed to refocus, reset, and get it going quickly this morning. UNCW is always a tough place to race/dive and their team really gets up to compete against us! Their team, like ours, brings passion and energy, and their stands are always packed! The pool set up is much different than what we are used to so there were many factors that our team needed to adjust to at this meet. Our women had a great day both in the pool and on boards. Minh dominated the boards and Abby Gibbs provided a strong 1-2 punch to help our team today.

Molly Webber and Meghan Cole swam a VERY tough line-up today to make sure our team could compete and have a chance to win! As a group, I’m so proud of the resilience and no-quit attitude they bring each day. UNCW had more than twice the number of swimmers we brought today, but it didn’t matter to our ladies. They knew their job and where they needed to attack, and they fought to the end. For the men, we had a weird start to the meet when our 200 Medley relay finished 3rd due to a block malfunction. It cost us a lot of points and momentum, but they fought back and didn’t hang their heads.

As the meet went on, we chipped away at the hole we were in and got better throughout. Sam Wesley was a difference maker today (and all weekend) and continued to step up for the team. Isaac was our lone male diver today and stepped big getting a big win for us on 3 Meter. Jack Pogue got his first college win of his career today with a gusty swim in the 2 fly, essentially going a life time best in September. Yesterday was about performing when we were on, today was about finding a way to win when the going gets tough. It’s a special group of guys and I’m proud of the way they fight and take each other’s backs! It’s now time to get back to work and continue to prepare for our big meets in the coming months.”

Cadet’s Corner 
Molly Webber’s take on this weekend:
“It was an awesome first collegiate meet experience. The team made it very fun, always standing on the sides of the pool being loud and starting chants and hyping everyone up. It was really cool to be part of such an enthusiastic and competitive group of young women. My teammates motivated me a lot this weekend. I am happy with how I raced – I wasn’t expecting to be so close to my best, but I think that the training has already made me stronger and fitter in just a few weeks.”

Jack Pogue’s thoughts on this weekend:
“Today’s meet was a tough challenge and we had to really fight for this win. Glad I could my part and pick up points for the team in the 2 Fly. Feels surreal to to get my first collegiate win, I owe it’s all to my team.

The upperclassmen have been working hard all summer/long course season and have been super excited to race as a team. Boosted by a super-engaged plebe class, everyone’s been getting ready to go to war together and race for each other. We can’t wait to keep working and show the swimming world what the Army team can do.”

Up Next: The men’s swim team returns to Crandall Pool to go up against Seton Hall on October 14 at 5 p.m.  The women will go back on the road to face Rutgers on October 7 at 11 a.m..

Courtesy: UNCW Athletics

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Freshman Maura Schoppa earned event wins in the 100 and 200 Freestyle events as UNCW edged Army West Point on the women’s side of a dual meet on Saturday at the David B. Allen Natatorium. Army gained a split of the meet with a win on the men’s side.

While it was the season-opener for UNCW, Army’s women’s program dropped to 0-2 to open the season while the Black Knights improved to 2-0 on the men’s side.
The Seahawks combined to win 14 events in the meet, including eight in the women’s meet.

UNCW swept the relays in both meets, winning the 200 Medley and 400 Free Relays.

Schoppa, whole was making her collegiate debut, posted winning times of 50.52 seconds in the 100 and 1:49.64 in the 200 Free. She also closed out the meet by swimming the leadoff leg of the first-place 400 Free Relay.

Also earning event wins for the women were Brooke Knisely (1000 Free), Quinn Bike (100 Back), Sara Olson (50 Free) and Mia Corrado (200 Back).

Delivering wins for the men were Jacob Duracinsky (200 Free), Will Goldey (100 Back) and Henderson Louviere (100 Fly).

Freshman Ethan Badrian captured the 3-meter board in his collegiate debut for UNCW, scoring 3220.20 points.

UNCW hosts Tennessee on Sept. 30 in a 4 p.m. start at the David B. Allen Natatorium.

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NC Fan
2 months ago

Braden Holloway Invitational? Great to see so many North Carolina names in the pool. Bobby’s racking up the in-state talent!