STORRS, Conn. – The UConn men’s swimming and diving team split its double-dual meet against Boston University and Yale on Saturday at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium. The men defeated BU by a score of 164.0-136.0 and lost on the score sheet to Yale 200.0-100.0.
The Huskies received impressive performances from senior co-captain James Donlevy (Lake Grove, N.Y.) and freshman Will Kearsey (Wheathampstead, England). Donlevy, who missed time earlier in the season, has hit his stride the last couple of meets. Donlevy won the 50-yard freestyle on Saturday, completing the event in 20.92. The senior sprinter almost notched another victory in the 100-yard freestyle but missed first by .02, Donlevy settled for second in 46.32.
Kearsey followed suit with a first and second-place ranking in his backstroke events. In the 100-yard backstroke, the freshman touched the wall at 50.48, sealing the top spot in the competition. Kearsey took second in the 200-yard back, in 1:50.15.
“Great effort from both teams today, despite injuries and sickness we had some great efforts,” said head coach Bob Goldberg. “Senior James Donlevy led the way for us. We will now get back to hard core training for the finals week and Christmas holiday.”
Junior diver Dan Kinney (Middletown, Conn.) had a fabulous day on the boards, winning both the 1-meter and 3-meter events on Saturday. Kinney was impressive, scoring a 330.05 in the 1-meter, outscoring his teammate Spencer Beaulieu (250.20) who finished second. Kinney won the 3-meter with a mark of 342.20.
The relay teams continued to be solid on Saturday, winning the 200-yard medley relay (1:34.24) and placing second in the 400-yard free (3:08.09). The 200-yard relay team consisted of Kearsey, Donlevy, Kyle Kimura and Mark Hunter. Donlevy, Kevin Konarski, Daniel Krentsa and Luke Martin swam the 400 relay.
The swim team now hits a month-long hiatus until resuming competition on Jan. 5, when the team competes in the Copa Coqui in San Juan, P.R. The diving team won’t resume until Jan. 7 in Miami, Fla. in a meet with two diving powerhouses, the University of Miami and University of Florida.