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Tremendous Start for Huskies at House of Champions

Nov. 17, 2017


-- The UConn men and women's swimming teams are off to great start at the 2017 House of Champions with both teams ranked at the top of the 14-team standings after day one of competition. The men earned 560 points while the women secured 444.50 points after the conclusion of 10 events.

"It was a great day for our team, said head swimming coach Chris Maiello. "We can clearly see the work has been put in by our student athletes. It was a lot of fun tonight watching our team race."

"We had several highlights including a school record, multiple event and relay victories and several NCAA "B"  standard times," said Maiello.



The 200 Free Relay team started the meet off with a bang by swimming a school-record time of 1:32.82 in the finals to take first place in the relay. Eliza Manning, Maddy Blair, Jennie Novak and Brazil Rule eclipsed the previous mark of 1:33.26 during the 2013-14 season.

The Huskies put forth a strong performance in the 200 IM with three Huskies finishing in the top-four of the event finals. Sophomore Eliza Manning (Frederick, Md. took first place in the event with a near NCAA B Standard time of 2:01.78 (Qualifying time, 2:01.59). Katie Breault (Ottawa, Ont.) and Novak finished second and fourth, respectively.

Emma Smith (Nepean, Ont.) captured an individual win in the 500 Free (4:50.91).

Sophomore Karl Bishop (Cheshire, Conn.) and freshman Joshua Wroblewski (Farmington, Conn.) turned in NCAA B Standard qualifying times of 3:23.23 and 4:24.01 to finish first and second in the 500 Free.

Sophomore Will Kearsey also earned an NCAA B Standard qualifying time for the Huskies by turning in a 1:48.96 in the 200 IM.

The Huskies closed out the night with a victory in the 400 Medley Relay. Kearsey, Mark Hunter, Kyle Kimura and Kyle Dunlap swam a time of 3:15.24.

Meanwhile in New Brunswick, N.J. the UConn diving team competed in a few events on day one of the Frank Elm Invitational. Elizabeth Drab reached the B-Final in the women's 1M Dive and placed 14th with a score of 240.65. On the men's side, Torrington Wagner and Kyle Kennedy each competed in the B-Final, landing in 10th and 13th place, respectively.

"I am very pleased with our performances today and tonight. As this team has shown throughout the season, we get better as the meet goes on, we are looking forward to the next two days of racing, said Maiello."

The Huskies return to action tomorrow for day two of the House of Champions and the Frank Elm Invitational.