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Swimming Completes Competition At U.S. Short Course Championship

ATLANTA (Dec. 7, 2008) --- The University of Connecticut men’s and women’s swimming teams ended the United States Short Course National Championships with some impressive results as the event concluded on Saturday.

Sophomore Alex Davidson (Pointe, Claire, Que.) twice lowered his school record in the 200-yard backstroke. In the morning preliminaries, he swam a 1:48.09 and came back in the night finals with a 1:47.11 time.

"Considering that Alex has swam at the Terrapin Cup, Canada Cup and now the U.S. Nationals for three consecutive weeks on very little rest, he is on track to make a run at a NCAA cut this winter at the BIG EAST Conference Championship,” says UConn head coach Bob Goldberg.

Sophomore Tomasz Sobek (Siemianowice Slaskie, Poland) made the night finals and posted a 2:03.33 in the 200-yard breaststroke. Joining him in the 200 breaststroke was junior Steve Kustra (North Huntington, Pa.) with a 2:06.13.

The men's 400-yard freestyle relay posted a 3:09.55 in the finals.

The women were also represented well in the 200-yard breaststroke as senior Kristalynn Kempton (Glen Head, N.Y.) made finals and posted 2:18.32 right on her best time. Sophomore Kate Baust (Reistertown, Md.) also swam the 200-yard breaststroke with a 2:20.88 and senior Katie DeVinney (Avondale, Ariz.) posted a solid 2:04.82 in her 200-yard butterfly and senior Audrey Prior (Ltuz, Fla.) swam a 2:03.62 for her 200-yard backstroke.

"The 10 swimmers that we sent to the 2008 Short Course National Championships performed remarkably well coming off a great meet at the Terrapin Cup and Thanksgiving break,” says Goldberg. “These swims and times give our team a lot of confidence as we head into he second half of the season and our BIG EAST Championship" say Goldberg.

The team will be entering UConn's finals week followed by their training trip to Puerto Rico before the start of the second semester.