STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut junior diver John Brice (Bala Cynwood, Pa.) and junior swimmer Jeff Magin (Brookfield, Conn.) each won two individual events to lead the Huskies to a 159-141 win over Boston College on Saturday at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium. UConn improved to 3-1 in dual meets on the season with the victory.
Brice had a sensational day on the boards, winning the 1 and 3-meter events. His first win of the day came in the 1-meter, which he won with a final score of 364.43, and he finished the day in style in the 3-meter, capturing first place after totaling 323.12 points. Freshman Daniel Kinney (Middletown, Conn.) tallied third-place finishes in both diving events, scoring a 263.55 in the 3-meter and a 295.95 in the 1-meter.
Magin swept the backstroke events for the Huskies starting in the 100-yard backstroke. The UConn standout won the race in 51.27, and he topped all swimmers in the 200-yard backstroke after swimming it in 1:53.51. He was also part of the Connecticut relay team that won 200-yard freestyle (1:24.41) to clinch the win for UConn, and he teamed up with juniors Ryan Walsh (Monroe, N.Y.) and Greg Baliko (Fanwood, N.J.) and senior Felix Samuels (London, England) to finish second in the 200-yard medley relay (1:33.28).
Walsh continued his strong day in the 200-yard butterfly, which he won with a final time of 1:54.20. Chris Girg (Burbach, Germany) finished second in the race (1:55.24), and the sophomore followed that performance up with a first-place time of 4:41.04 in the 500-yard freestyle.
The other UConn individual winner on Saturday was junior Mike Lennon (Williston Park, N.Y.), who won the 1000-yard freestyle after completing it in 9:45.45. Senior Sawyer Franz (Pine, Colo.) finished second (9:48.69), while freshman Patrick Kavanaugh (Frederick, Md.) was fourth in the event with a time of 9:55.26.
"We were really pleased with today's swims after coming off a hard week of training," UConn swimming coach Bob Goldberg said. "The meet was extremely competitive, and our guys worked hard to pull off the win. It's always exciting when a meet comes down to the last relay, and we were fortunate to win."
The Huskies hosted a Pink Out throughout Saturday's meet, as swimmers, divers and coaches all wore pink in support of breast cancer research. Friends and families at the meet were encouraged to donate to the cause, and UConn will continue to collect money for donations throughout the next two weeks. Connecticut returns to action tomorrow at 12 p.m. for Senior Day against Seton Hall. A total of 10 senior swimmers will be honored prior to the meet against the Pirates.
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