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Huskies Conclude Day Two Of Conference Meet

Felix Samuels finished second (20.32) in the 50-yard freestyle on day two of the conference meet.
Feb. 19, 2015

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– The University of Connecticut men’s swimming and diving team saw two second-place finishes and a school record from junior Greg Baliko (Fanwood, N.J.) during the finals of the second day of the American Athletic Championships on Thursday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. The Huskies stand in third place halfway through the conference meet with 286 total points. SMU leads all schools with a score of 347, and East Carolina is in second place with 340 points through two days.

Baliko's record came in the 200-yard IM, which he swam in 1:48.14. The junior finished fourth in the event, while freshman Brandon Cole (Trumbull, Conn.) grabbed 14th place overall after completing the event in 1:52.82.

Connecticut had a great showing in the 500-yard freestyle final, tallying two of the top four spots. Sophomore Chris Girg (Burbach, Germany) placed second (4:24.56), as he finished behind SMU’s Christian Scherubl, who won with a time of 4:18.23. UConn junior swimmer Mike Lennon (Williston Park, N.Y.) was fourth (4:27.00), while senior Sawyer Franz (Pine, Colo.) recorded the top time in the B-Final after swimming it in 4:28.94.

Senior Felix Samuels (London, England) became the second Husky to earn a top-two finish on Wednesday following his performance in the 50-yard freestyle. He swam the race in 20.32 seconds, as he finished just behind East Carolina’s Nikola Simic (19.87).



Two other UConn swimmers placed in the top-eight in the 50-yard freestyle, starting with sophomore James Donlevy (Lake Grove, N.Y.), who was seventh with a time of 20.70. Junior Jeff Magin (Brookfield, Conn.) rounded out the top eight after swimming the race in 20.83.

Donlevy, Magin, Samuels and teamed up with sophomore Kevin Konarski (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) in the final event of the night, the 200-yard freestyle relay. The Huskies finished fourth with a time of 1:23.30, while ECU captured first place, swimming it in 1:19.77.

Junior standout John Brice (Bala Cynwood, Pa.), who was second in Wednesday’s 3-meter final, earned second-place honors in the 1-meter on Thursday with a score of 310.45. Freshman Daniel Kinney (Middletown, Conn.) finished fourth after totaling 288.70 points, while sophomore Spencer Beaulieu (Portland, Conn.) recorded the top score (260.75) in the B-Final of the event.  

Day three of the American Athletic Championships resumes Friday morning at 10 a.m. with another round of swimming preliminaries. The diving preliminaries are at 12:30 p.m., and the finals will once again take place at 6 p.m.