STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut men's and women's swimming and diving teams are set to swim two dual meets this weekend, as they host their Pink Out Meet on Saturday against Boston College at 2 p.m. before squaring off against Seton Hall on Sunday (12 p.m.) on Senior Day. Both meets will take place at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium on the Storrs campus.
Saturday vs. the Eagles
Saturday's Pink Out marks the second time the team has held the charity event in the last few seasons. Swimmers, divers and coaches will be wearing pink t-shirts and swim caps this weekend, and fans and families will have the opportunity to donate to breast cancer research through the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Foundation. The Huskies will also be raising money for the cause during the next two weeks prior to the UConn Open, Connecticut's final home event of the season.
"Every year we look for some way to give back," UConn swimming coach Bob Goldberg said. "We've done a Pink Out event before and we had some success."
This weekend will mark the first meeting between the Huskies and Eagles since the two competed against one another annually in the Big East. Boston College's men's swimming and diving team comes into Sunday's meet with wins over Maine, Bryant, Bridgewater State and Vermont this season. The women's team notched victories over Bryant and Bridgewater State before falling to Maine and Vermont back in November, and both teams will swim against Fairfield on Friday.
Sunday vs. the Pirates
Five UConn women senior swimmers (Chinyere Pigot, Holly Gallagher, Tessa Pena, Katy Munzenmaier and Hannah Perna) and five seniors (Sawyer Franz, Felix Samuels, Lachezar Shumkov, Wyatt Boliek and Luke Zalewski) from the men's team will be honored in a ceremony prior to Sunday's meet against Boston College. This year's senior class, which helped UConn finish with a winning season in each of its four years in Storrs, features multiple international standouts. Samuels (England) and Shumkov (Bulgaria) both arrived in Connecticut from Europe, while Pigot was born in Suriname.
The Pirates and Huskies have met in each of the last three seasons, with UConn combining for a perfect 6-0 mark against Seton Hall. Last season, the Connecticut men's team moved past the Pirates, 175-116, on the road in New Jersey. Four Huskies won multiple events, including Felix Samuels (London, England), who captured first-place honors in the 50-yard freestyle (21.41) and the 100-yard freestyle (47.72). In the diving portion, John Brice (Bala Cynwood, Pa.) finished second in the 1-meter with a final score of 300.75.
The UConn women's team downed Seton Hall by a score of 174.5-116.5 last spring behind great swims from Christine Pedersen (Vinterbro, Norway) and Tara O'Prey (Ridley Park, Pa.) and a great day on the boards by Taryn Urbanus (Quincy, Mass.). Pedersen won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 58.14, while O'Prey tallied two individual wins, finishing first in the 50-yard freestyle (24.87) and the 100-yard butterfly (58.71). Urbanus totaled the top score in the 3-meter (267.38), and she earned a third-place finish in the 1-meter with a score of 284.40.
After Sunday's meet against Boston College, the Huskies will travel to New Hampshire to face Dartmouth on the road on Jan. 31 at 12 p.m. Last year in Storrs, UConn split against the Big Green, as the men's team defeated the Big Green to earn its fifth dual meet win of the season, while the women's fell just short, losing by just five points (152.5-147.5).