LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Connecticut men’s swimming and diving team completed the first set of races of the Louisville Invitational on Friday, earning 311 points to finish the day in second place behind the No. 5 Cardinals. The Huskies, who currently stand ahead of Missouri State (296.50), Southern Illinois (278.50) and Western Kentucky (217), resume competition at the Ralph Wright Natatorium Saturday at 10 a.m.
Senior sprinter Felix Samuels (London, England) posted a solid time in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing it in 20.87 to give UConn 16 points in the event. Sophomore swimmer James Donlevy (Lake Grove, N.Y.) wasn’t far behind, as he completed the race in 20.95, while junior Jeff Magin (Brookfield, Conn.) had the top time in the C final after recording a time of 20.93.
Two UConn divers finished in the top five in the 1-meter final, including junior John Brice (Bala Cynwood, Pa.), who tallied a score of 297.15 in the finals to secure a fourth-place finish. Sophomore Spencer Beaulieu (Portland, Conn.) was fifth in the event, posting a score of 277.50, and freshman Jeffrey Aselin (Riverside, Conn.) recorded an eighth-place finish with a mark of 241.75 to give the Huskies 22 points.
Donlevy, Samuels and Magin were in action in the 200-yard freestyle, as they teamed up with sophomore Kevin Konarski (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) to earn fifth-place honors with a time of 1:22.60. The Cardinals won the race in 1:19.25, notching 64 points in the victory. Magin and Samuels later joined senior Lachezar Shumkov (Sofia, Bulgaria) and junior Greg Baliko (Fanwood, N.J.) to take home fourth place in the 400-yard medley relay after touching the wall with a time of 3:20.94.
Connecticut junior swimmer Mike Lennon (Williston Park, N.Y.) also had a productive night, finishing with a time of 4:31.88 in the A Final of the 500-yard freestyle. Click HERE to track live results of the final two days of the Louisville Invitational.