BRONX, N.Y. – Three University of Connecticut men’s swimmers earned multiple first place finishes on Saturday, as the UConn men’s swimming and diving team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 182.5-106.5 win over Fordham on the road Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore James Donlevy (Lake George, N.Y.), junior Jeff Magin (Brookfield, Conn.) and senior captain Lachezar Shumkov (Sofia, Bulgaria) all won two races in the victory over the Rams. Donlevy topped all swimmers in the 50-yard freestyle (21.45) and the 100-yard freestyle (46.94), while Magin saw wins in both the 200-yard backstroke (1:53.60) and the 100-yard backstroke (51.70.). Shumkov swept the breaststroke events, winning the 100-yard breaststroke in 57.74 before capturing first place in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:07.24).
In the 200-yard medley relay, Shumkov and Magin teamed up with junior Greg Baliko (Fanwood, N.J.) and senior Felix Samuels (London, England) to win the race after swimming it in 1:34.07. Other UConn swimmers to place first in individual events on Saturday were Baliko and sophomore Chris Girg (Burbach, Germany). Baliko touched the wall first in the 100-yard butterfly (51.13), and Girg won the 500-yard freestyle, completing it in 4:36.56.
"It was a really nice effort by our team on back-to-back days against quality opponenets, " UConn swimming coach Bob Goldberg said. "I am happy with how this weekend went."
Junior diver John Brice (Bala Cynwood, Pa.) had a sensational day on the boards, winning both the 1 and 3-meter events. The UConn standout recorded 316.57 points in the 1-meter event, and he earned his second individual event of the day in the 3-meter when he posted a score of 335.53. Sophomore Spencer Beaulieu (Portland, Conn.) saw two second place finishes as well, as he racked up 249 points in the 1-meter and scored a 233.48 in the 3-meter.
UConn is back in action next weekend for the team’s Homecoming Alumni Meet. The meet, which will take place at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium, is slated for a 12 p.m. start.