HOUSTON – After day one of competition at The American Championships, the UConn men’s swimming and diving team sits in second place with 105 points.Impressively, the team set two new schools records in the 800 freestyle relay and Will Kearsey's time in the 200-yard relay.
The Huskies took first place in the men’s 3M diving competition, accumulating 41 points in the event. Junior Dan Kinney placed third with a score of 316.70 and racked up 16 points. Spencer Beaulieu and Kyle Kennedy finished sixth and seventh helping the Huskies squeak past East Carolina (40 points).
"Our men did a good job today. While it was a small field, they all performed a solid list of dives to make the finals," said head diving coach John Bransfield. "Dan Kinney getting his first Conference medal with a 3rd place finish was great."
The Huskies competed in the 800-yard freestyle relay with Will Kearsey, James Donlevy, Kyle Kimura and Chris Girg placing second with a time of 6.29.74. The time set a new school record for the Huskies improving on the 6:33.73 that was set in 2013-2014..
The 200-yard medley relay ended the night of competition with the Huskies placing fourth, claiming 30 points towards their team score. Kearsey, Mark Hunter, Kimura and Donlevy raced to a 1:29.32. Kearsey set a school record with his first leg on the 200, swimming to the tune of 21.62.
Tomorrow, the Huskies will compete in the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 200 free relay and 1M diving event. The preliminaries kick off at 11 a.m. ET and the finals will commence at 7 p.m. ET. The night session can be viewed on The American Digital Network.