Feb. 22, 2014
LOUISVILLE, K.Y. - The University of Connecticut men's swimming and diving team finished in third place at the inaugural American Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships, which wrapped up Saturday at the Ralph Wright Natatorium. The Huskies totaled 683.5 points in the four days of the conference meet to end the week behind Louisville (1,072.5) and Southern Methodist (768).
UConn sophomore swimmer Mike Lennon (Williston Park, N.Y.) had a great swim in the 1650-yard freestyle, completing the even in 15:25.38 to earn a second-place finish. Two Huskies placed in the 200-yard backstroke final, as junior Sawyer Franz (Pine, Colo.) finished with a time of 1:47.98 to take home sixth place, while sophomore Jeff Magin (Brookfield, Conn.) touched the wall just after Franz at 1:48.40 to earn a seventh-place finish.
In the 400-yard freestyle relay, the final event of the championships, the Huskies went on to place third, as the UConn team of seniors Keith Piper (Naperville, Ill.) and Sean Battle (Allison Park, Pa.), junior Felix Samuels (London, England) and freshman James Donlevy (Lake George, N.Y.) completed the race in 2:58.40 to earn Connecticut 32 points.
Freshman Chris Girg (Burbach, Germany), who finished first in the 500-yard freestyle final Thursday, was fifth (1:48.46) in the 200-yard butterfly, and sophomore Ryan Walsh (Monroe, N.Y.) finished just behind him, swimming the race in 1:50.44 to earn sixth place. In the 200-yard breaststroke final, junior Lachezar Shumkov (Sofia, Bulgaria) posted a time of 1:58.77, as he finished fifth, and sophomore Greg Baliko (Fanwood, N.J.) managed sixth place after he completed the race in 2:01.45.
On the diving side, sophomore John Brice (Bala Cynwood, Pa.) concluded his strong week on the boards, placing sixth in the platform event with a score of 251.95. Senior Anthony Cortright (Wallingford, Conn.) also placed in the event, finishing with a score of 236.15 to take home eighth place.
Up next for the Huskies are the NCAA Zone Diving Championships, which will run from March 14-15.