Nov. 2, 2013
STORRS, Conn. – Connecticut senior Keith Piper and sophomore Mike Lennon each won two races, as the UConn men’s swimming and diving team improved to 2-0 on the season, defeating Villanova 228-66 Saturday at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium.
Piper, who was named a captain by Connecticut head coach Bob Goldberg before the season, had an excellent swim in the 200-yard freestyle, as he finished first with a time of 1:43.41. In the 200-yard backstroke, UConn swimmers took the top two spots, with freshman Jerry Burton finishing second with a time of 1:57.82, while Piper won the event, swimming it in 1:53.48.
In the team relays, Piper was just as good. He swam the first leg in 23.84 for the UConn 200-yard medley relay team, which won, and he later helped Connecticut earn third place honors in the 400-yard freestyle relay by swimming his leg in 46.56.
Lennon’s first win of the day came in the 200-yard butterfly, when he completed the event with a time of 1:56.81. Connecticut senior Ben Yacano finished second, swimming it in 1:58.31. In the 500-yard freestyle, Lennon posted another solid time and captured his second victory of the day, as he swam the event in 4:37.90.
“The strength of our men’s team showed today,” Goldberg said. “We were able to swim our men’s swim team in several secondary events, which will be very beneficial as the year moves on.”
On the diving side, UConn senior Anthony Cortright swept both events, winning the 1-meter with a score of 279.52 and the 3-meter with a score of 328.50.
Freshman Spencer Beaulieu also had a good day on the boards, as he earned second place honors in both events. He totaled 216.97 points in the 1-meter, while in the 3-meter he scored a 230.55.
The Huskies will look to extend their winning streak next Saturday when they return to the pool to face the University of Pennsylvania. The meet is at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium, and is set to start at 1 p.m.