GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UConn men’s swimming and diving team earned third place overall in the American Athletic Championships after concluding the final day of action on Saturday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. The Huskies totaled 723 points through four days, while East Carolina won the event with a final score of 892.5.
Three UConn swimmers saw second-place finishes in the finals on Saturday, starting with Mike Lennon (Williston Park, N.Y.). The Connecticut junior completed the event in 15:29.33 to finish behind Cincinnati’s Christopher Bready, who won the race with a time of 15:21.84. Freshman Patrick Kavanaugh (Frederick, Md.) earned seventh place with a time of 15:54.42, while Walker Hill (Jacksonville, Fla.) was 13th (16:42.85).
In the 200-yard backstroke final, the Huskies claimed two of the top-three spots. Senior Sawyer Franz (Pine, Colo.) finished second (1:46.28) just ahead of junior Jeff Magin (Brookfield, Conn.), who was third after swimming the race in 1:46.59. SMU’s Samuel Straughan won the event with a time of 1:44.72.
The Huskies also produced two of the top-three times in the 200-yard breaststroke final. UConn senior swimmer Lachezar Shumkov (Sofia, Bulgaria), who set a school record in a breaststroke event on Friday, placed second in the race with a time of 1:58.34. Junior Greg Baliko (Fanwood, N.J.) finished third (1:59.26). Baliko also set a school record for UConn earlier this week.
On the diving side, junior John Brice, who tallied two second-place finishes earlier this week, placed sixth in the platform event with a total score of 244.00. Two other UConn divers, sophomore Spencer Beaulieu (Portland, Conn.) and freshman Daniel Kinney (Middletown, Conn.) were also in action in Saturday’s preliminaries. Kinney posted the 10th-best score (182.95), while Beaulieu was 15th after totaling 165.80 points in the afternoon.
In the final event of the conference meet, the 400-yard freestyle relay, Magin teamed up with sophomores James Donlevy (Lake Grove, N.Y.) and Kevin Konarski (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) and senior Felix Samuels (London, England) to earn a fourth-place finish with a time of 2:59.71. East Carolina won the event after swimming it in 2:56.79, and SMU (2:56.80) and Cincinnati (2:59.12) rounded out the top three.
Sophomore Chris Girg (Burbach, Germany) continued his strong week for the Huskies, as he finished fifth in the 200-yard butterfly final with a completed time of 1:48.35. In the 100-yard freestyle final, Samuels earned sixth-place honors after completing the event in 44.84 seconds. Donlevy and Konarski both placed in the B-Final of the event.
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