STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut swimming program will host its annual UConn Open this Saturday at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium on the Storrs campus. Admission to the event is free, and the action is set to begin at 11 a.m.
This year’s meet includes six teams, as the Huskies, Boston College, Bryant, Connecticut College, Northeastern and URI will all swim tomorrow. It will once again feature a time trial format that will give swimmers the chance to compete in a variety of the 16 total races.
"This is a chance for our team to race in some of their favorite events outside of a dual meet format," UConn swimming coach Bob Goldberg said. "That often leads to some outstanding swims."
Saturday will mark the last day of competitive swimming for UConn before the American Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships later this month. Connecticut finished its dual meet season strong, tallying a combined record of 5-1 between the men’s and the women’s team.
Four Huskies have been honored by the conference in the last two weeks, as divers Taryn Urbanus (Quincy, Mass.) and Alexandra Butera (Havertown, Pa.) both earned Diver of the Week honors, while junior swimmer Jeff Magin (Brookfield, Conn.) was tabbed as the Male Swimmer of the Week back on Jan. 27. Junior diver John Brice (Bala Cynwood, Pa.), who has totaled the top score in his last six events, tallied his second straight Male Diver of the Week accolades on Tuesday.
At last year’s UConn Open, the Huskies received great swims from Magin and senior Lachezar Shumkov (Sofia, Bulgaria). Magin won the 100-yard freestyle (46.91), while Shumkov topped all swimmers in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 58.13. Senior Sawyer Franz (Pine, Colo.) was also an individual winner, as he captured first place in the 400-yard IM after completing it in 3:59.50.
On the women’s side, junior Laura Ruttan (Stittsville, Ontario) won the 200-yard IM with a completed time of 2:12.41. Margot Manning (Frederick, Md.) and Deanna Parsons (Ellicott City, Md.) both notched second-place finishes on the day, while sophomore Sophie Nothnagle (Victor, N.Y.) grabbed third-place honors in the 200-yuard freestyle with a time of 1:57.54.
Following this weekend, the Huskies will head down to Greensboro, N.C. for the conference meet, set for Feb. 18-21. Tickets for the event can be purchased HERE, and all four days of competition will be covered live the American Digital Network.