HANOVER, N.H. – The UConn men’s swimming and diving team enters its final dual meet of the season against Dartmouth on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Karl Michael Pool.
The Huskies carry momentum into Saturday’s meet after winning two dual meets last weekend in Storrs. UConn defeated Southern Connecticut State (175-111) on Friday evening and backed it up with a victory against Seton Hall (181-119) on Senior Day on Sunday.
Junior diver Dan Kinney (Middletown, Conn.) was named American Conference Diver of the Week for the second time this season after posting a season-best 363.68 on the 3M boards against Seton Hall. Teammate Spencer Beaulieu also scored a season-high on the 3M (326.40) on Friday night against Southern Connecticut.
“Our Diving events versus Dartmouth should be good contests," said head diving coach John Bransfield. “The fact that it is an away meet is valuable in that our Conference and Zone Championships are also on the road, and it is a final opportunity to treat unfamiliar conditions in a way to find center outside of what is familiar. Their Men’s program should give us a run as they have both talent and some depth. I like our chances though, as our Guys have really turned a corner in what they’re doing since our training trip.”
The Huskies had a number of standout performances from the past weekend. Senior co-captain James Donlevy recorded a season-best in the 50-yard freestyle (20.87) that ranks seventh best in The American.
Freshman Will Kearsey (Wheathampstead, England) racked up a pair of victories in the 100 and 200-yard backstroke events on Sunday. Kearsey continues to hold down the top American conference times in backstroke (50, 100 and 200).
Sophomore Mark Hunter scored first-place finishes in the 100 (57.27) and 200-yard (2:04.85) breaststroke events on Sunday. Hunter’s 2:01:41 in the 200 Breaststroke at the Virginia Tech Invitational is third-best in the conference.
“We always enjoy swimming against Dartmouth," said head coach Bob Goldberg. “As an Ivy league university they are traditionally strong in swimming and this year is no exception. This meet will be a real challenge to both our men’s and women’s programs.”