GREENSBORO, N.C. – The University of Connecticut men’s swimming and diving team wrapped up day one of the 2015 American Athletic Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center on Wednesday. The Huskies currently stand in third place with 105 points behind SMU (134) and ECU (116).
Junior diver John Brice (Bala Cynwood, Pa.) and the UConn 200-yard medley relay team provided the highlghts for the Huskies in the first day of competition.
Brice continued his sensational junior campaign for the Huskies, as he earned second place in the finals of the 3-meter with a score of 341.45. The two-time American Athletic Male Swimmer of the Week finished behind SMU’s Devin Burnett (390.05), while UConn’s Daniel Kinney (Middletown, Conn.) and Spencer Beaulieu (Portland, Conn.) also placed in the A-Final. Kinney was fifth with a score of 289.35, and Beaulieu totaled 280.60 points to finish seventh.
On the swimming side, the Huskies set a school record in the 200-yard medley relay with a completed time of 1:28.75. Juniors Jeff Magin (Brookfield, Conn.) and Ryan Walsh (Monroe, N.Y.) swam the race along with seniors Lachezar Shumkov (Sofia, Bulgaria) and Felix Samuels (London, England), earning the Huskies 32 points with their finish. East Carolina recorded a time of 1:27.19 to win its second race of the night, while SMU finished third with a time of 1:27.65.
In the first swim final of the night, the 800-yard freestyle relay, sophomores Chris Girg (Burbach, Germany) and Kevin Konarski (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) teamed up with freshman Kyle Kimura (Tampa, Fla.) and junior Mike Lennon (Williston Park, N.Y.) to earn a fourth-place finish with a time of 6:40.44. East Carolina won the event after swimming it in 6:30.55, and SMU (6:33.11) and Cincinnati (6:36.51) rounded out the top three.
UConn resumes action in the conference meet tomorrow with the swimming preliminaries at 10 a.m. The diving preliminaries are set for 12:30 p.m., and the finals will once again take place at 6 p.m.