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Swimming Relay Teams Enjoy Success On First Day Of U.S. Short Course Championship

ATLANTA, Ga. (December 4, 2008) --- Relay teams from the University of Connecticut men’s and women’s swimming teams enjoyed success on Thursday at the first day of the United States Short Course Championship.

UConn’s best swim of the day was recorded by the men’s 400-yard medley relay team with a 3:20.85 – just 1.1 seconds off the school record, which dates back to 1998. Sophomore Alex Davidson (Pointe-Claire, Quebec) had a lead-off backstroke leg of 49.63 seconds, a personal-best for him and just 0.1 seconds off the school record of P.G. Schrader from 1997. Sophomore Tomasz Sobek (Siemianowice Slaskie, Poland) swam his leg in 55.49 while senior John Henry Dasinger (Madison, Miss.) came in at 49.17 and junior Steve Kustra (North Huntington, Pa.) was in 46.56.

The men’s 200-yard free relay team posted a time of 1:25.52 for a 15th-place finish in the evening finals. That team was composed of Dasinger in 21.1, Kustra in 21.77, Sobek in 21.21 and Davidson in 21.42.

The women’s 400-yard medley relay finished in 3:52.22 for a 22nd –place in the evening finals. That team was senior Erin McLaughlin (Woodbridge, Conn.) in 58.03, senior Kristalynn Kempton (Glen Head, N.Y.) in 1:03.65, senior Kate DeVinney (Avondale, Ariz.) in 57.86 and freshman Anna Drinka (San Antonio, Texas) in 52.64.

The event continues on Friday and Saturday.