PHILADELPHIA - University of Connecticut sophomores Chris Girg (Burbach, Germany) and James Donlevy (Lake Grove, N.Y.) and junior Jeff Magin (Brookfield, Conn.) each won two individual races, as UConn defeated Villanova, 171.5-85.5, in the Huskies’ regular season opener on the road Friday afternoon.
Girg earned first place honors in both freestyle events against the Wildcats, winning the 1000-yard freestyle in 9:46.87 and finishing first in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:43.83. Donlevy topped all swimmers in the 50-yard freestyle (21.63) and the 100-yard freestyle (47.37), while Magin swept both backstroke events. The Connecticut junior completed the 100-yard backstroke in 51.99 and finished the 200-yard backstroke in 1:53.91 to earn nine points for the Huskies.
Magin saw another first place finish Friday as he teamed up with seniors Lachezar Shumkov (Sofia, Bulgaria) and Felix Samuels (London, England) and junior Greg Baliko (Fanwood, N.J.) to finish first in the 200-yard medley relay, which the Huskies finished with a time of 1:34.03.
Other UConn swimmers to tally individual first place finishes were Shumkov, junior Ryan Walsh (Monroe, N.Y.), senior Wyatt Boliek (Greenville, S.C.), freshman Kyle Kimura (Tampa, Fla.) and junior Greg Baliko (Fanwood, N.J.).
Shumkov won the 100-yard breaststroke (58.63), while Walsh took home first place in the 200-yard butterfly after finishing the event in 1:56.45. Boliek touched the wall first in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:12.51) and Kimura won his first ever event for UConn, as he completed the 500-yard freestyle in 4:45.50 to earn first place honors. Baliko beat all swimmers in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 50.70.
The Huskies return to action tomorrow when they continue their road trip against Fordham. The meet is slated for a 1 p.m. start.