PHILADELPHIA – The UConn swimming and diving team split their dual meet at Villanova on Friday afternoon at the Pavilion Pool. The men’s team captured a 178-116 victory while the women’s team suffered its first dual meet loss of the season, 196-103.
“ It was a challenging night of racing for our team tonight. We are in a period of heavy training and it showed as we were a bit heavy in the water tonight,” said head coach Chris Maiello. “We will keep working towards our goals for our conference championships next month. We are also looking forward to honoring our SR. class next week at home vs Dartmouth, our team always gets up for SR. day and I would expect our performances to improve.”
The men’s team secured nine first place finishes on the day with sophomore Will Kearsey leading the way with three victories on the afternoon. Kearsey logged wins in the 100 Back (50.09), 200 Back (1:50.67) and 50 Free (21.35).
Mark Hunter swept the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke events with a 57.61 time in the 100 and 2:04.79 in the 200 race.
Freshman David May and senior Patrick Kavanaugh grabbed 13 points for the Huskies with their 1-2 placement in the 200-yard butterfly. The men closed out the meet in the 200 IM with a first place finish for Matthew Dagenais (1:53.47).
Sophomore Kiley Stotler capped the night with a victory in the 200 Breast (2:20.92)
On the boards, Junior Dan Kinney notched victories in the 1M and 3M dives with a posted score of 271.72 on the 1M board and 292.27 on the 3M board. On the women’s end, freshman Erin Clifford captured a win in the 3M dive (255.07) and placed second (229.05) during the 1M competition
The Huskies celebrate Senior Day at their final home dual-meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. against Dartmouth. The seniors will be honored prior to the meet beginning at 12:40 p.m. Please plan to arrive earlier than usual due to the women’s basketball game that afternoon at Gampel Pavilion.
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