HOUSTON – The UConn men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams ended The American Championships with a splash, grabbing a few more schools records, as well as, crowning champions in multiple events.
Junior Emma Smith continued her stellar championships with a first-place finish in the 1650-yard freestyle. Her time of 16.19.90 set a new school record and was a record in the conference meet. Smith’s time demolished the previous UConn record of 16:35.68 recorded by Jordan Bowen. The previous record for the conference was 16:30.28 in 2016. Smith ended The Championships with the third-highest point total on the women’s side with 53 points.
Freshman Karl Bishop also broke an old Husky record in the 1650-yard freestyle. Mike Lennon's record of 15:25.38 has held up until Bishop’s 15:02.00 eclipsed the mark in a runner-up finish in the event.
Freshman Will Kearsey continues to wreak havoc on the record books, marking a new school record in the 200-yard backstroke. Kearsey’s time of 1:43.99 crushed the old record of 1:45.41 set by Jeff Magin. The race also met the NCAA B Standards for the NCAA Championships. Kearsey completed The Championships as the fourth highest scorer on the men’s side and third highest swimmer, compiling a total of 56 points.
James Donlevy broke the school record in the 100-yard freestyle, registering a time of 44.15, which broke the previous record of 44.45 recorded by Dan Freddino. Donlevy’s time was good enough to reach an NCAA B qualifying mark.
Christine Pedersen (200-yard backstroke) and Mark Hunter also recorded NCAA B qualifying times in their respective events.
Spencer Beaulieu took home the top spot on the Platform, an event that the Huskies rarely have a chance to practice. Beaulieu scored the upset over Bryce Klein of SMU with a total of 246.45
The Huskies ended The Championships ranking fifth in the standings on the women’s side with 460 points. The men’s team placed fourth accumulating a score of 634.5.