STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut men’s swimming and diving team sent its five seniors out on a high note after besting Dartmouth, 174-126, on Saturday in Wolff-Zackin Natatorium. The women’s team was also successful in defeating the Big Green, making it the perfect Senior Day for the Huskies. With the win, UConn finished its dual meet schedule with a record of 3-1 on the year.
The Huskies totaled 28 finishes in the top-three. Senior John Brice (Bala Cynwood, Pa.) swept the diving events, starting with 306.44 points on the one-meter platform and finishing with 361.20 points in the three-meter. Sophomore Daniel Kinney (Middletown, Conn.) checked in third on the one-meter behind 282.75 points. He came in second on the three-meter on 323.56 points, which qualified him for the NCAA Zone Meet.
On the swimming side, junior James Donlevy (Lake Grove, N.Y.) and senior Mike Lennon (Williston Park, N.Y.) each won a team-best two individual races. Donlevy topped the competition in two freestyle events, taking first in the 50 in a time of 21.14 and followed up by swimming the 100 in 46.57. Lennon won the 500-freestyle after he touched the wall in 4:38.87. He also led all swimmers in the 1650-freestyle (9:31.79).
UConn swept the 200-butterfly behind a 1:52.71 swim from senior Ryan Walsh (Monroe, N.Y.). Lennon was right behind him in a time of 1:53.73 followed by junior Chris Girg (Burbach, Germany), who touched the wall in 1:55.06. Other individual winners on Saturday were seniors Greg Baliko (Fanwood, N.J.) and Jeff Magin (Brookfield, Conn.). Baliko checked in first in the 100-breaststroke in 58.33, while Magin swam to a win in the 100-backstroke (50.53). Freshman Mark Hunter (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa) posted a time of 2:07.69 in the 200-breaststroke and also came in second in the 100-breaststroke (58.63).
Donlevy, Magin, Baliko and Walsh banded together for a first place finish in the 200-medley relay in a time of 1:32.37. Donlevy and Magin were a part of the 400-freestyle relay with freshman Luke Martin (Richmond, Va.) and sophomore Daniel Krentsa (Brookfield, Conn.) that came in second (3:07.78).
The Huskies return to action on Feb. 6 when they host the Husky Open, set for 10 a.m. at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium. Admission is free for the event that will be Connecticut’s final home meet of the season.
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