HOUSTON – The University of Connecticut men’s swimming and diving team wrapped up the third day of the American Athletic Conference Championships on Friday at the CRWC Natatorium in Houston. The Huskies remain in fourth place with 416 points heading into the final day of competition. East Carolina leads all schools with 612.50 points.
The UConn divers got out on the right foot as senior John Brice (Bala Cynwood, Pa.) earned a silver medal on the three-meter with a score of 354.25 points, behind SMU’s Bryce Klein’s 394.80 points. Sophomore Daniel Kinney (Middletown, Conn.) delivered a great performance as well, finishing fourth with 315.90 points, just five-tenths of a point from the podium.
Four Husky swimmers, senior Greg Baliko (Fanwood, N.J.), junior Chris Girg (Burbach, Germany), senior Jeff Magin (Brookfield, Conn.) and freshman Mark Hunter (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa) earned top-five finishes in Friday’s finals. Baliko was fifth in the 100-butterfly with a time of 48.50 while Girg placed fourth in the 200-freestyle after swimming the race in 1:37.99. Magin touched the wall in 48.60 to come in fourth in the 100-backstroke and Hunter swam to fifth in the 100-breaststroke (55.25).
In the 400-IM, sophomore Brandon Cole (Trumbull, Conn.) finished eighth with a completed time of 4:00.82.
The Huskies finished the day with the 400-medley relay. Magin, Hunter, Baliko and junior James Donlevy (Lake Grove, N.Y.) teamed up to swim the relay in 3:15.34 for third place.
The final day of competition is set to resume tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. ET with the swimming preliminaries. The diving preliminaries are set for 1:30 p.m. and the last round of finals will once again take place at 7 p.m.