Feb. 2, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut men's swimming and diving team defeated Colgate 176-90 Sunday at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium to end the regular season with a perfect 6-0 record in dual meets.
The impressive season continued for the Huskies Sunday, who defeated three teams (Army, Pennsylvania and Dartmouth) this season that had beaten them last year.
UConn was led once again by freshman swimmer Chris Girg (Burbach, Germany), who won multiple races throughout the meet. He captured first place in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:33.38 and finished first in the 200-yard medley relay along with fellow freshmen James Donlevy (Lake Grove, N.Y.) and Keon Songui-Samuel (Dorchester, Mass.) and junior Felix Samuels (London, England.) The 4-swimmer team completed the event in 1:37.20 to just edge out the UConn team of Keith Piper (Naperville, Ill.), Asher Garcia (Pinecrest, Fla.), Zach Coleman (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) and Sean Battle (Allison Park, Pa.), which finished with a time of 1:37.39.
Sophomore Jeff Magin (Brookfield, Conn.) also had a strong day for the Huskies, winning the 200-yard freestyle (1:43.95) and finishing second in the 50-yard freestyle after swimming it in 21.61. Magin's third solid result of the day came in the 100-yard butterfly, which he completed in 51.52.
"It was big to have an undefeated season for the men and to have them beat three teams that had defeated us last season," UConn swimming coach Bob Goldberg said. "Girg was very good once again and Magin also had a good day of swimming for us."
Other notable results from Sunday came from Samuels, who earned first place honors in the 50-yard freestyle (21.45) and seniors Piper and Battle. Piper won the 100-yard backstroke, swimming it in 53.26, while Battle topped everyone in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 47.28.
On the diving side, senior Anthony Cortright (Wallingford, Conn.) had an outstanding day in his final dual home meet of his collegiate career. He set a new pool record in the 1-meter with a score of 326.62 and he then won the 3-meter after accumulating 325.80 points. UConn sophomore John Brice (Bala Cynwood, Pa.), also had a strong day on the boards, finishing second in both the 1-meter (285.30) and 3-meter (314.78).
Overall it was a great weekend for the UConn men divers, who swept all four events in the meets against Dartmouth and Colgate and played a crucial role in the Huskies' 152.5-147.5 victory Dartmouth Saturday.
"I couldn't be more pleased with the way our divers finished up their dual meet season over the weekend," UConn diving coach John Bransfield said. "There were personal bests for the year achieved and we are in a good place heading towards the postseason with the American Athletic Conference Championship two weeks away and the NCAA Zone Champinship further down the road."
Eight UConn seniors were recognized before the meet Sunday as part of Senior Weekend for the Huskies, including men's swimmers Piper, Battle, Coleman, Cortight, Garcia and Ben Yacano (Glen Allen, Va.). In addition to being acknowledged, each senior was awarded a commemorative blanket that was presented by Goldberg before the competition.