COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Nov. 22, 2008) – The University of Connecticut men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are coming off a very successful weekend at the Terrapin Cup at the University of Maryland. The men’s team finished in third place while the women’s team finished four as the Huskies participated in the even for the sixth-straight year.
Many performers had outstanding weekends with quality swims and wins in several events, several NCAA “B” cuts and a rare school record in a mid-season meet. The weekend also marked the return of some injured swimmers and the debut of some impressive freshman.
Freshman Caitlin Gallagher (Lawrence, Kan.) was most impressive by winning three events and finishing second in another one event plus swimming on four relays -- all in career best times. She won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:03.42, the 400-yard individual medley in 4:20.71 and the 200 breaststroke in 2:16.45. Gallagher was second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:03.83 to her teammate, senior Kristalynn Kempton (Glen Head, N.Y.), who won in 1:03.82.
Kempton was third in the 200-yard breaststroke in a career best 2:18.10 and turned in a 5:00.35 for the 500-yard freestyle. Senior Lisa Shelps (Quakertown, Pa.) is recovering from a summer injury to swim well with team best 23.88 in the 50-yard freestyle, 52.70 in the 100-yard freestyle while finishing the 200-yard backstroke in 2:01.9 and the 100-yard back in 56.84.
Freshman Marta Kot (Ostroleka, Poland) was outstanding swimming a 4:59.12 in the 500-yard freestyle, 56.67 in the 100-yard butterfly, 2:02.39 in the 200-yard butterfly and a 1:51.96 split on the 800-yard freestyle relay.
Senior backstrokers Cassie Peterson (White Fish Bay, Wisc.) and Audrey Prior (Lutz, Fla.) were strong with times of 2:04.07 and 2:04 39, respectively, and Peterson joining with Shelps and senior Erin McLaughlin (Woodbridge, Conn.) in the 100-yard backstroke with a 57.20 for Peterson and 57.24 for McLaughlin. McLaughlin's time qualifies her for her first Short Course National Championships on Dec. 5-6 in Atlanta.
Senior Danielle Sanders (Mississauga, Ont.) continues her remarkable return to form with a 5:00.71 in the 500-yard freestyle followed by a remarkable 17:03.73 swim in the 1650-ayrd freestyle for a third place finish. UConn divers also had a good weekend as senior Liza Marianni (Cherry Hill, N.J.) finished third on the one-meter and fifth on the three-meter while sophomore Jes Hovancik (Valatie, N.Y.) finished sixth in both events.
The men were led by senior team captain Adrian Astiz (Rockville, Md.), who won the 200-yard butterfly, breaking his own UConn school record with a 1:46.57, and also won the 100-yard butterfly with a 49.01.
UConn was strong in the butterfly events posting Astiz's 49.01, followed by fellow senior captain JH Dasinger (Madison, Miss.) in 49.09 and junior John Hogan (Walkersville, Md.) in 49.70 for a 1-3-4 showing in the event. Hogan and Dasinger were also outstanding in the 200-yard butterfly with 1:51.77 and 1:52.62, respectively.
Sophomore Tomasz Sobek (Siemianowice Slaskie, Poland) dominated the breaststroke events for the men by winning the 100-yard in 56.08 and the 200-yard in 2:01.92. Senior Jules Alexandre (Wallingford, Conn.) and junior Jon Wong (Toronto, Ont.) were outstanding for the sprint group with both posting best for Alexandre in the 50-yard at 20.91, the 100 at 46.37 and the 100-yard butterfly in 50.84.
Wong produced a 21.1 in the 50-yard, a team best 46.16 in the 100-yard and a 1:41.92 in the 200-yard.
Sophomore Alex Davidson (Pointe-Claire, Quebec) continues to impress with a 50.85 and a 1:48.50 in the 200-yard backstroke followed by a very good 4:34.93 in the 500-yard freestyle. The men divers fared well with sophomore Adam Genuario (Norwalk, Conn.) finishing third in the three-meter and seventh in the one-meter, freshman Brad Schott (Wilton, Conn.) in fifth and fourth and junior Steve Ferreira (Madison, Conn.) sixth and second in the same events.
Both teams are off for Thanksgiving break week and then many will head to the United States Short Course National Championships in Atlanta before heading into final exam week at Connecticut.
At the midway point in the season head coach Bob Goldberg feels the team is well on its way to an outstanding conference championships meet.
"On only two days rest and a very hard fall of training, I thought we were outstanding throughout the weekend at the Terrapin Cup and I am impressed with the quality of this team,” says Goldberg. “With a great training trip and successful taper in February, we can meet our goals and be a very good team this year in the BIG EAST Conference Championship."