GREENSBORO, N.C. – The University of Connecticut men’s swimming team set three school records on the third day of the American Athletic Championships on Friday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in North Carolina. The Huskies remain in third place with 498 points, as they head into the final day of competition trailing East Carolina (609) and SMU (576).
Two of the school records were initially broken in the preliminary rounds today, starting in the 100-yard breaststroke. Senior Lachezar Shumkov (Sofia, Bulgaria) recorded a program-best time of 54.64 seconds to finish third in the race behind East Carolina’s Rokas Cepulis (53.21) and Ziga Cerkovnik (52.29).
Cepulis would go on to win the final of the event with a time of 53.21, while Shumkov finished third after swimming it in 54.65 seconds. Sophomore James Donlevy (Lake Grove, N.Y.) and senior Wyatt Boliek (Greenville, S.C.) also placed in the A-Final of the event.
Junior swimmer Jeff Magin (Brookfield, Conn.) marked the second Husky to take down a school record on Friday. He made history in the preliminaries of the 100-yard backstroke, swimming it in 48.67 seconds to finish fourth in the heat. In the finals, Magin broke his own record after he completed the race in 48.59 seconds, and junior Ryan Walsh (Monroe, N.Y.) was eighth in the A-Final with a time of 50.97.
The final school record set on Friday came in the 400-yard medley relay. Magin and Shumkov teamed up with junior Greg Baliko (Fanwood, N.J.) and senior Felix Samuels (London, England) to swim the race in 3:15.86. That time was good enough for the third-best mark behind SMU (3:10.89) and East Carolina (3:11.73).
Two UConn swimmers, senior Sawyer Franz (Pine, Colo.) and sophomore Chris Girg (Burbach, Germany) earned top-three finishes in Friday’s finals. Franz was second in the 400-yard IM, as he totaled a time of 3:49.36 to finish behind Cincinnati’s Ryan Depietro (3:49.08). Freshman Brandon Cole (Trumbull, Conn.) was seventh in the event with a time of 3:59.49.
Girg earned third-place honors in the 200-yard freestyle after swimming it in 1:39.07. SMU’s Chris Scherrubl won the race with a time of 1:34.89, while Samuels finished sixth after completing it in 1:39.50.
In the 100-yard butterfly, Baliko finished sixth with a completed time of 48.84. Walsh and freshman Kyle Kimura (Tampa, Fla.) both placed in the B-Final of the race as well.
The final day of competition is set to resume tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. with the swimming preliminaries. The diving preliminaries are set for 12:30 p.m., and the last round of finals will once again take place at 6 p.m.