BUFFALO, N.Y. – The UConn men’s and women’s diving team competed in the University of Buffalo Diving Invitational this weekend. Monica Marcello highlighted the event with a victory in the 1-meter competition.
The Huskies swept the podium in the women’s 1m event. Marcello (Middletown, Conn.) scored a 277.10 in the 1m dive taking the top spot over teammate Ali Butera. Butera led the event after preliminaries but settled for second with a total of 270.70. Senior Amanda Craig (Woodbridge, Conn.) followed Butera with a third place finish.
The trio continued their success with a solid finish in the 3m dive. Butera led the way for the Huskies with a second place ranking (308.55). The battle for third place was between Marcello and Craig with Marcello squeaking by with a score of 273.35 beating Craig’s score of 272.35.
On the men’s side, Dan Kinney was the top UConn finisher, placing second in the 3m (327.30) and third in the 1m (291.35). Spencer Beaulieu and Kyle Kennedy both secured season bests in the 3m dive. Beaulieu nabbed fifth place with a 278.10 and Kennedy logged a 260.85 to take sixth.
In the 1m competition, Beaulieu grabbed a fourth place standing with a 252.50. Kennedy’s total was 236.55, ranking seventh in the event.
“We had some pretty good performances out of our divers this weekend,” said head diving coach John Bransfield. “We dominated the women’s events and the men were able to hold their own.”
For the first time this season both teams participated in the platform event. Kinney (231.10) and Kennedy (133.75) snagged spots in the final and finished fifth and sixth respectively. The women held down three spots in the platform final. Craig (172.45), Butera (170.70) and Michelle Kapulski (132.90) reached the final and placed fifth, sixth and seventh overall.
“The platform is truly a challenge in light of not having a platform at UConn, said Bransfield. “But, I have to admit, they did some really good stuff the past week in Fort Lauderdale in preparation for the platform event and we need to carry that forward in four weeks at the Conference Championships.”
The Huskies celebrate Senior Weekend next Friday and Sunday against Southern Connecticut St. on Jan. 20 and Seton Hall on Jan. 22 at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium.
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