STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut men's swimming and diving team swept four races and tallied nine first-place finishes for a 171-108 victory over Villanova at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium in the Huskies' regular season opener on Saturday afternoon.
Senior captain Jeff Magin (Brookfield, Conn.) led the pack with two individual first-place honors, winning the 100-yard backstroke in 50.74 and the 100-yard freestyle in 47.32. Magin joined classmate and co-captain Greg Baliko (Fanwood, N.J.), junior James Donlevy (Lake Grove, N.Y.) and senior Ryan Walsh for a first-place finish in the 400-yard medley relay (3:27.33).
UConn claimed the top-three spots in four different races, starting with the 200-yard freestyle that featured sophomore Kyle Kimura (Tampa, Fla.) (1:42.09), freshman Matthew Dagenais (Middletown, Conn.) (1:45.70) and sophomore Daniel Krentsa (Brookfield, Conn.) (1:45.95). In the 100-yard breaststroke, Baliko swam to first in 58.40 while freshmen Mark Hunter (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa) and Alan Li (Jackson Heights, N.Y.) took second and third in times of 59.30 and 1:01.06, respectively.
Junior Chris Girg (Burbach, Germany) saw a top finish when he swam the 200-yard butterfly in 1:52.98. Walsh clocked in at 1:57.47 for second and sophomore Brandon Cole (Trumbull, Conn.) touched the wall at 2:00.18 for third. Sophomore Greg Dziopa (Rocky Hill, Conn.) swam the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:14.24 for a first-place honor. Dagenais and sophomore Vincent Camin (Andover, Mass.) rounded out the trio in times of 2:14.69 and 2:15.06, respectively.
Donlevy also finished first in the 50-yard freestyle (21.06) while freshman Jeffrey Tung (Reno, Nev.) swam past the competition in a time of 1:57.11 to win the 200-yard backstroke.
The Huskies are back in action on Saturday, Oct. 31 when they head to Providence, R.I. to face Brown.