GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UConn men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are set to compete in the 2015 American Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships, which take place this week (Feb. 18-21) at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in North Carolina.
The championships feature six American Athletic schools, as Cincinnati, ECU, Houston, SMU, UConn and Tulane will all be in action starting on Wednesday. The Cougars and Tulane will send just women’s teams, while the remaining four will field both men’s women’s squads. There will be 42 total events throughout the four-day stretch, with the preliminary rounds taking place in the morning (10 a.m. ET) before the finals kick off each night at 6 p.m.
Tickets for the event can be purchased HERE, and all four days of the championships will be covered live by the American Digital Network (ADN). The network will provide live coverage of all 42 finals and feature interviews with coaches and swimmers. All-session tickets ($33) will be available up until the action gets underway on Wednesday, and college students, senior citizens and those 18 or younger can go purchase their ticket for just $18 each.
Both UConn squads finished their dual meet season strong, ending with a combined record of 5-1 in the school’s final three meets against Boston College (Jan. 24), Seton Hall (Jan. 25) and Dartmouth (Jan.31). Multiple Huskies garnered weekly conference awards during that stretch, including junior standout John Brice. The Bala Cynwood, Pa. native, who has posted the top score in each of his last six events, was tabbed as the Conference Male Swimmer of the Week in each of the final two weeks of the season.
UConn divers, junior Taryn Urbanus (Quincy, Mass.) and sophomore Alexandra Butera (Havertown, Pa.), have also earned Female Diver of the Week honors over the last month, while junior swimmer Jeff Magin (Brookfield, Conn.) was named the Male Swimmer of the Week on Jan. 27.
Earlier this month (Feb. 7), the Huskies held their annual UConn Open at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium, as they hosted five teams throughout the area. The meet featured a time trial format and mirrored a similar atmosphere to what the Huskies will see this week.
“The meet met all of our expectations,” UConn swimming coach Bob Goldberg said. “It was a great tune-up for the kids heading to our conference meet, and we are really looking forward to this week’s competition.”
Last year, the Connecticut men’s team finished third at the inaugural conference championships, while the women’s squad earned fourth-place honors. Four Huskies won individual finals last year in Louisville, including Urbanus, who captured first place in the 3-meter with a score of 313.55.
Connecticut swimmer Chinyere Pigot (Miami, Fla.) topped all swimmers in the 50-yard freestyle with a school record time of 22.81, while sophomore Chris Girg (Burbach, Germany) and junior Sawyer Franz (Pine, Colo.) paced the men’s team in the water. Girg won the 500-yard freestyle after swimming it in 4:19.24 (school record), and Franz swam to a first-place finish in the 400-yard IM with a time of 3:47.88. A total of 12 UConn swimmers earned All-Conference honors following their performances at the inaugural meet in 2014.