Feb. 19, 2012
PITTSBURGH - The University of Connecticut men's swimming and diving team concluded action at the BIG EAST Championships on Saturday with a fifth place finish of 10 teams and the women's team sixth of 11 teams.
Husky swimmers set 20 school records during the meet and 92 personal-best times.
Notre Dame won the men's championship followed by Louisville, Pittsburgh and West Virginia followed by the Huskies. Louisville won the women's championship followed by Notre Dame, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Villanova and Connecticut.
On Saturday, UConn freshman Sawyer Franz (Pine, Colo.) was eighth in the 1,650-yard freestyle in a school-record time of 15:38.38. Husky freshman Lachezar Shumkov (Sofia, Bulgaria) was eighth in the 200-yard breaststroke in a time of 2:00.14. He set a school record in the preliminaries of that event with a time of 1:59.69.
On the women's side, senior Erin DeVinney (Avondale, Ariz.) won the consolation finals of the 200-yard butterfly in a school-record time of 2:01.45. She broke the record that was previously held by her sister Katie. UConn junior Jordan Bowen (Lake Elmo, Minn.) was sixth in the 1,650-yard freestyle in a time of 16:40.96 and Mary deMarrais was seventh in 16:47.27.
Husky senior Caitlin Gallagher (Lawrence, Kansas) set a school record in the 200-yard breaststroke in a school-record time of 2:12.65. That was also good for a fourth-place finish in the event. Freshman Charlene Pigot (Miami, Fla.) set a school-record in the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 50.79 seconds as she finished second in the consolation finals.
The UConn 400-yard freestyle relay team had a school-record time of 3:25.37 and finished seventh in the event.
The Husky swimming and diving teams return to action on March 9-11 at the NCAA Diving Regionals in Buffalo, N.Y.