STORRS, Conn. – The UConn swimming and diving team celebrates its Senior Weekend with dual meets against Southern Connecticut State on Friday, Jan. 20 at 5 p.m. and Seton Hall on Sunday, Jan. 22. at 1 p.m. at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium.
The Huskies will honor 12 seniors off their women’s team and four from the men’s side. The women’s team consists of Jamie Lynn Brookover, Alexandra Butera, Emily Caplis, Amanda Craig Madeleine Hoopes, Darrah Jampo, Michelle Kapulski, Margot Manning, Sophie Nothnagle, Samantha Park, Deanna Parsons, Christine Pedersen. The men’s team includes Spencer Beaulieu, James Donlevy, Christopher Girg and Kevin Konarski.
The weekend also will be a celebration of 29th year head coach Bob Goldberg, who will retire at the conclusion of the 2016-2017 season. Goldberg has molded his players both in competition and in everyday life through his extensive time at UConn.
"Throughout my career I have remembered one quote from a college coaching class that for me has withstood the test of time," says Goldberg. "`You coach people who participate in your sport; you don't simply coach a sport.' Win or lose in the pool, being fortunate to deal with quality people during my time has proven to be the most rewarding experience. I really think my perspective allows me to view the value of how we are doing at a specific time beyond a stop watch or place in a race, and in the context of how the experience relates to student athlete’s personal growth and development."
Goldberg’s teams have consistently performed at a very high level in a competitive environment. UConn has always contended at the conference level under Goldberg and has finished each of his 28 seasons with a winning record in dual meet competition.
He has had swimmers compete at the highest levels in both the United States and abroad. UConn swimmers have participated at the U.S. Olympic Trials, Olympic Games, Senior National Championships, U.S. Opens and Regional Championships. International swimmers at UConn have competed nationally in Canada, Israel, Bulgaria, Ireland, England, Suriname, Jamaica, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Poland as well as at the European and World Championships.
The Huskies swim team is back into the swing of competition after a long layoff for the holidays and competed in the 2017 Copa Coqui during their training trip in Puerto Rico on Jan. 4.
The diving team is coming off a couple solid performances at the Buffalo Invitational Jan 13-15 and in a meet against the University of Miami and University of Florida in Miami, Fla on Jan 7.