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Athletic Director’s Update, February 28

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The gymnastics team defeated the Mids at West Point on Sunday. The team won four of the six events, and Garrek Hojan-Clark (pommel horse), Chris Short (parallel bars), Jesse Glenn (floor exercise, all-around), and Kip Webber (still rings) earned individual victories.

Firstie diver Chris Nguyen captured both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events to earn his third straight Patriot League Diver of the Meet honor. The swimming & diving teams competed at the Patriot League Championships with the Black Knights earning four event titles. Firstie diver Chris Nguyen captured both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events to earn his third straight Patriot League Diver of the Meet honor. Chris became only the 10th Patriot League student-athlete to earn four first-team all-conference swimming & diving certificates.

As a team, the men finished second with its highest point total in six years.  On the women’s side, plebe Molly Mucciarone won the title in the 50 freestyle, Army’s first winner in that event since 2001. Molly also was part of the program’s first 200-freestyle relay championship team since 2001. She was named first-team All-Patriot League. As a team, the women posted their highest point total in 12 seasons. Molly was also selected as our Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week.

The rifle team qualified for its 10th straight NCAA Championship, which will be held March 8-9 in Columbus, Ohio. Individual qualifiers will be announced on Thursday. Several shooters were honored by the Great American Rifle Conference last week. Michael Matthews earned first-team honors in the smallbore discipline, honorable mention in air rifle and second-team in the combined scoring category. Richard Calvin was a second-team selection in air rifle, while Joseph Todaro earned honorable mention in smallbore.  Chris Malachoskey was named the GARC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Distance runner Lisa Junta, who won both the 3,000-meter and 5,000-meter run at the conference championship last week, was named the female Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Lisa was joined by Ricardo Galindo on the Patriot League Academic All-League teams as well.

Staying in the classroom, we are pleased to report that both cross country teams were named Division I All-Academic teams by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) by having held a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better and have started at least five runners at their respective NCAA regional championship.

Lacrosse goalkeeper Sam Somers also earned accolades this week. He was named the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week after his 18-save performance at Syracuse.

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