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Swimming And Diving Set For Conference Championships

Junior swimmer Sawyer Franz is expected to contend in both the 400-yard IM and 200-yard backstroke at this week's conference championships.

Feb. 18, 2014

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LOUISVILLE, K.Y. – The University of Connecticut men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are set to compete in the inaugural American Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships, which take place Feb. 19-22 at the University of Louisville.

UConn wrapped up regular season action in early February with meets against Dartmouth and Colgate, and held its annual Husky Open on Feb. 8. The men’s swimming and diving team finished this season with a perfect 7-0 record, while the women’s swimming and diving team ended the year at 4-2 after downing Colgate in its last dual meet. This week the Huskies will face several unfamiliar opponents and plenty of talent in the pool.

“We don’t know a lot about the other teams since we don’t swim them on a regular basis but we’re looking forward to it,” UConn swimming coach Bob Goldberg said. “All the teams that will be there have quality swimmers and it will be a highly contested meet.”

UConn, which left for the championships yesterday, anticipates great swims from junior Chinyere Pigot (Miami, Fla.) in the freestyle events, junior Lachezar Shumkov (Sofia, Bulgaria) in the 1500-yard breaststroke, junior Sawyer Franz (Pine, Colo.) in the 400-yard IM and 200-yard backstroke and junior Felix Samuels (London, England) in the 50-yard freestyle.

“We definitely have some people who can really make a mark if they taper well and swim well,” Goldberg said.

With this week’s competition being the first American Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championship, there will be even more at stake for the Huskies as they return to the pool on Wednesday.

“The exciting thing is that the winner of every event will be a new conference record,” Goldberg said.  “If you’re good enough to have a shot at winning an event you could be a conference record holder.”

Tickets for the championships, which will feature four men’s teams and six women’s programs, are still available and can be purchased online HERE.

“The University of Louisville is thrilled to host the 2014 American Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championships,” said Christine Simatacolos, Louisville Associate Athletic Director and Co-Championship Director. “It is a great opportunity to watch some of the top swimmers and divers in the country compete right here in Louisville.”

All-session tickets can be purchased up until Feb. 19 and are $33 for adults. College students, those 18 and under and senior citizens can buy an all-session ticket for $18 and passes can also be purchased by calling the Louisville ticket office at 502-852-5151.

Swimming preliminaries will be held each day at 10 a.m. and the finals will take place in the evening at 6 p.m. Diving preliminaries are set to start at 12 p.m. every day and the finals will be at the same time as the swimming finals at night.

Those following the action from home can go the CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL PAGE on the