Nov. 9, 2013
STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut men’s swimming 200-yard freestyle relay team broke a pool record Saturday afternoon at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium, as the Huskies improved to 3-0 on the season, edging Pennsylvania 153-147.
The record was broken in one of the final events of the meet when freshman James Donlevy, seniors Keith Piper and Sean Battle and junior Felix Samuels completed the race in 1:22.92, finishing just ahead of the a Pennsylvania relay team that also broke the old pool record with a time of 1:23.08.
“It was a very exciting meet that came down to the last relay,” Connecticut swim coach Bob Goldberg said.
UConn sophomore Mike Lennon had a very solid day in the pool for the Huskies, winning the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:25.64. Lennon also had a strong swim in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing the event in second in 4:37.82.
Three Connecticut swimmers won two races each Saturday, as junior Sawyer Franz finished first in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:51.28 and then won the 400-yard IM, swimming the event in 4:02.27, while freshman Chris Girg won the 200-yard fly in 1:51.46 and the 500-yard freestyle in 4:33.91. Junior Lachezar Shumkov won two breaststroke events, winning the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 57.08 and the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:03.66.
On the diving side, Anthony was superb, finishing first in the 3-meter event with a score of 281.70, while in the 1-meter he earned second place honors behind Penn’s Jack Stein, scoring 257.32 points. Freshman Spencer Beaulieu finished fifth in the 1-meter, posting a score of 202.05, and in the 3-meter he was fourth with a score of 210.67
The Huskies return to the pool in 12 days, when they travel to Blacksburg, Va. to participate in the Virginia Tech Invitational. The meet will take place from November 21-23 with races happening all throughout each day.