STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut men’s swimming team concluded the 2015-16 regular season after hosting four schools at the Husky Open, which was held Saturday morning at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium.
The annual event, which follows a time-trial format, allowed swimmers from each school to participate in a variety of races, as some of the schools used the meet to determine who they would be sending to their conference championships.
The Huskies landed among the top three finishers 21 times, including nine first-place finishes. Senior captain Chris Girg (Burbach, Germany) swam the 200-butterfly in 1:49.74 to win the race and set a new pool record. He also won the 50-butterly in a time of 23.25, with sophomore Kyle Kimura (Tampa, Fla.) and junior James Donlevy (Lake Grove, N.Y.) completing the race with only one hundredth of a second separating the two to sweep for the Huskies.
UConn had another sweep on its hands when sophomore Walker Hill (Jacksonville, Fla.) took first in the 50-backstroke in a time of 25.96. Freshman Mark Hunter (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa) completed the race in 26.15 to edge out fellow rookie Luke Martin (Richmond, Va.), who recorded a time of 26.33.
Senior Jeff Magin (Brookfield, Conn.) had a strong day for the Huskies, winning the 50-freestyle with a time of 21.24, and fellow captain Greg Baliko (Fanwood, N.J.) went on to finish first in the 100-IM, swimming it in 52.46. Magin was behind him in 52.74, followed by Kimura (53.90).
Sophmore Patrick Kavanaugh (Frederick, Md.) claimed first in the 400-IM in 4:10.42 before Donlevy won the 50-breaststroke in 26.66. In his last time swimming at home, senior Ryan Walsh touched the wall in 52.79 to finish first in the 100-backstroke. Hunter rounded out the victories for the Huskies by winning the 200-breaststroke (2:06.89).
The Huskies now focus their attention on the American Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships, which is set to take place on Feb. 17-20 at the CRWC Natatorium at the University of Houston. The conference meet features six women’s programs and four on the men’s side. Fans interested in attending the championship can purchase tickets HERE, and all four days of competition will be covered live on the American Digital Network.