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Connecticut Defeats Army 197-107 In Season Opener

Freshman swimmer Chris Girg broke a 20-year-old pool record in the 500-yard freestyle Saturday.

Oct. 26, 2013


STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut freshman swimmer Chris Girg broke a 20-year-old pool record, as the UConn Men’s Swimming and Diving team won its season opener against Army Saturday afternoon at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium, defeating the Knights 197-107.

Girg’s record breaking performance came in the 500-yard freestyle, as he swam the event in a time of 4:32.85. He followed that up with another strong effort in the 200-yard butterfly, which he won with a time of 1:51.45.

“The most outstanding swim of the day has to go to Chris Girg,” Connecticut swim coach Bob Goldberg said. “It was a very remarkable early season swim.”

In the 400-yard freestyle, the Huskies took home first place, as the team of seniors Keith Piper and Sean Battle, freshman James Donlevy and junior Felix Samuels posted a solid time of 3:04.72.

Other notable performances from Saturday’s meet came from sophomore Jeff Magin, who won the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:33.07 and the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 51.34, and Samuels, who won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 46.07.



On the diving side, senior Anthony Cortright won the 3-meter event with a score of 294.30, while in the 1-meter he finished second, posting a score of 250.20.

Freshman Spencer Beaulieu earned third place honors in both diving events, scoring a 198.22 in the 1-meter event and a 215.85 in the 3-meter.

The Huskies return to the pool next Saturday when they face Villanova at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium for Parents’ Day. The meet is set to start at 1 p.m.