Coach John Westkott Records 150th Win

NEW LONDON, CONN.--(1/28/12)--Head Coach John Westkott picked up his 150th career win as both the men's and women's team beat Clark to celebrate Senior Day.

The men's team beat Clark 133-92 to improve to 9-2 on the season. Westkott has 102 wins with the men's program and 48 as head coach of the women's team.

The 400 freestyle relay team of freshman Christian Brindamour, senior Johnson Knox, senior Brian McGuiness and senior Dan Beshoar broke the pool record with a time of 3:08.92.

Senior Orlando Morel won both the one-meter board (241.10) and the three-meter board (218.10) to lead the Bears while junior Nick Poehler won the 1,000 freestyle (10:06.29), junior Kevin Smit won the 200 freestyle (1:46.97), senior Johnson Knox won the 50 freestyle (21.51), junior Tanner Armstrong won the 200 IM (2:01.33), senior Evin Moses won the 200 butterfly (2:04.66) while senior Dan Beshoar won the 100 freestyle (48.53).

The 200 medley relay team of Beshoar, Knox, senior Preston Stroebel and senior Brian McGuiness won with a time of 1:37.53.

11 members of the men's team competed in the final home meet of their careers, below is a little on each athlete.

Bryan Andrews from (Lambertville, MI) is a Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering major who has been a NEWMAC conference finalist all 3 years in freestyle and backstroke events and was our lead off leg of the "A" medley relays last season. He is currently the Echo Company travel department head. Bryan has earned 3 silver stars for military excellence and a gold star for academic excellence. He is also a member of the ski and golf clubs.

Dan Beshoar from (Kildeer, IL) is a Mechanical Engineering major who senior capstone project deals with autonomous vessel docking power. Dan has been a NEWMAC conference consolation and championship finalist each of his first three seasons, and an NCAA qualifier as well. Dan was All-NEWMAC last year in the 200 free relay. He has been on the Dean's List earning a gold star for academic excellence. This summer he served as Delta Company operations Officer.

Nicholas Cosenza from Portland, CT is a government major who has qualified for NCAA championships individually and has swam in the championship final in the 500 free, 1650 free, and 400 IM in each of his first three seasons at Coast Guard. Nick was the team's most improved athlete last season after returning from West Point on academy exchange. He served as regimental first lieutenant in the fall and Foxtrot Guidon last year. He has been on the Board of Trustees list for earning a blue, gold and silver star in the same semester. Nick aspires to be a Deck Watch Officer on a Law Enforcement Cutter.

Brett Gayman from San Rafael, CA is a three year consolation finalist in 100 and 200 breaststroke. A government major, Brett has been named to the Commandant of Cadet's list multiple times earning silver stars as well as earning a bronze star for improvement in academics. Brett is currently Charlie Company commander and thus oversees Charlie's critical role as the honor company. Brett has spent summer on board Eagle, a buoy tender, a patrol boat and at an air station.

TJ Kennedy is a Marine and Environmental Science major from VA. Every year at NEWMAC championships, TJ has dropped tremendous amounts of time and moved up from his seeding to score points in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. TJ has been the Alpha Company Master at Arms and is currently the regimental support officer. TJ has earned a gold star 4 times due to academic excellence and a silver star 3 times due to military excellence.

Johnson Knox from Starkville, MS is a Mechanical Engineering major who has been selected to attend Navy Dive School. Johnson has been a championship finalist in every event he has swum over his first three seasons. He has been an All-NEWMAC conference selectee in individual events as well as relays and has qualified for Division III NCAA championships individually and on relays in each of his first three seasons. Johnson is a member of the school record holding 200 medley relay and holds multiple pool records as well. He has also been an Academic All-America. Johnson has earned gold and blue stars for academic and physical fitness excellence.

Brian McGuiness from MI is an Operations Research major who is one of our senior captains. Brian has earned a blue star many times for excellence on the Physical Fitness Evaluation and was one of two perfect scores this semester in the entire corps of cadets, 2/c Erin Talbot is the other to earn this (she is a swimmer as well). Brian has been a 3 year championship finalist in freestyle events from the 50 free to the 1650 at NEWMAC championships. He has been a conference champion on relays and runner up in the 200 freestyle. Brian is a member of the 800 free relay that holds the CGA school record, as well as Roland Pool records. Brian has been the Master at Arms for Bravo company and was department head for training in the fall.

Jeff Mistrick from State College, PA is a captain and a mechanical engineering major. Jeff was the Bravo company commander for the Fall 2011 semester and has been a member of Windjammers. Jeff has earned the gold star for academic excellence in every semester since his arrival, and the silver star for military excellence 6 times. He was selected for Academy exchange last fall and attended the Naval Academy that semester. Jeff has been a NEWMAC conference consolation finalist and championship finalist in both 1 and 3 meter diving events, and this is remarkable considering he had never been a diver prior to arrival at the Academy.

Orlando Morel is a Mechanical Engineering major from Baltimore, MD. Orlando has been selected as the Team Most Improved athlete in the past and has developed into a conference championships finalist on both 1 meter and 3 meter boards. He was the regimental support officer in the fall of 2011 and has been selected to receive gold and silver stars for academic and military excellence. Orlando is currently the President of the Genesis Council and Secretary of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He has been a peer tutor in calculus, statistic and engineering design and physics. Orlando also teaches Creole to cadets at the Academy.

Evin Moses is a Marine and Environment Science major from Round Rock, TX. Evin has been one of the more versatile swimmers in the class of 2012, he has scored in the consolation final heat in different events in each of his first three seasons. Evin has scored in the 100 and 200 butterfly events as well as Individual medley events and distance freestyle. This summer Evin was the Foxtrot company commander in charge of that company during Swab Summer training. He has earned multiple gold and silver stars for excellence in academics and military performance respectively.

Preston Strobel is a senior Management major from North Little Rock, AR. He has steadily improved in each of his first three seasons in sprint freestyle events and 100 butterfly. Preston has scored in the consolation final heats in these events and has been a part of sprint relays. Preston is enjoying is best season this year with continued dramatic improvement in his events. He has earned a Dean's list gold star twice, and the blue star for athletic excellence. Preston was the creator of the Sports Information Division which offers insight to cadet-athletes. He is also a former member of the Screen Actor's Guild and has a feature film to his acting credits, Cookie's Fortune.

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