Storrs, Conn. – The UConn men’s swimming and diving team challenged the SMU Mustangs in a dual meet on Friday night at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium. The Huskies lost the meet 179-117 but competed well against one of the conference’s best.
SMU is an outstanding team and will be a threat in the conference meet”, said head coach Bob Goldberg. “We hope to be able to compete with them at the end of the year.”
“We got an outstanding performance, once again, from Chris Girg today. Will Kearsey also put forth a strong effort swimming in a relay, IM and backstroke events. It was also great to see Kyle Kimura return to competition for the first time this year and compete in four events,” said Goldberg.
Senior Chris Girg (Burbach, Germany) coming off a stellar outing against Brown topped his conference-best time in the 1000-yard freestyle. Girg eclipsed his previous best time, 9:24.64, by swimming the event in 9:22.78 and placing first in the event. Girg also raced to a first-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle (4:40.35).
Freshmen Will Kearsey (Wheathampstead, England) notched a pair of first-place finishes on Friday in the 200-yard backstroke (1:49.41) and the 200-yard IM (1:53.58). Kearsey picked up second-place finishes in the 100-yard backstroke and led off the 200-yard medley relay team.
Junior Kyle Kimura (Tampa, Fla.) returned to the pool for the first time this season and competed in four events. Kimura impressed, placing second in all four competitions which included the 200-yard free, 100-yard buttefly and a couple relays (400-yard free & 200-yard medley).
In diving, the team fared well in the one-meter and three-meter events. In the one-meter, Daniel Kinney (Middletown, Conn.) took the top spot amongst the Huskies, finishing second overall with a score of 279.30. Spencer Beaulieu took second and tops amongst UConn divers in the three-meter racking up a score of 287.47, just ahead of Kinney who scored a 287.40.
The Huskies head out on the road for the first time this season when they travel to Princeton, N.J. for the Princeton Invite, a two-day event held on Friday Nov. 11 and Saturday Nov. 12.