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Huskies Set Two School Records In Opening Day Of Conference Championships

Senior swimmer Keith Piper helped the UConn 800-yard freestyle relay team set a school record Wednesday.

Feb. 19, 2014


LOUISVILLE, K.Y. – The University of Connecticut men’s swimming and diving team set two school records in day one of the American Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships, which were held all day Wednesday at the Ralph Wright Natatorium. The Huskies (105 points) currently sit in second place behind host Louisville, who has 131 points.

The UConn relay team of freshman Chris Girg (Burbach, Germany), junior Felix Samuels (London, England) and seniors Sean Battle (Allison Park, Pa.) and Keith Piper (Naperville, Ill.) finished second in the 800-yard freestyle with a time of 6:33.73 minutes, beating the previous Connecticut record by over four seconds. Louisville earned first-place honors after swimming the event in 6:19.25 minutes.

The Huskies broke another school record in the 200-yard medley relay, which sophomore Jeff Magin (Brookfield, Conn.), junior Lachezar Shumkov (Sofia, Bulgaria), freshman James Donlevy (Lake Grove, N.Y.) and senior Asher Garcia (Pinecrest, Fla.) teamed up to swim in 1:29.89 minutes. That time was good enough for a third-place finish, as Louisville and SMU finished first and second, respectively. Both relay finishes were also good enough to earn the Huskies All-Conference honors in the inaugural Swimming and Diving Championships for the American Athletic Conference.

On the diving side, sophomore John Brice (Bala Cynwood, Pa.) took home fourth place honors in the 1-meter with a score of 297.60, while senior Anthony Cortright (Wallingford, Conn.) finished sixth after scoring 285.35 points. Freshman Spencer Beaulieu (Portland, Conn.) was the other Husky to place in the event, scoring 225.65 points to finish eighth.

UConn returns to the pool tomorrow, as the swimming preliminaries start at 10 p.m., while the diving preliminaries get underway at 12 p.m. Both the swimming and diving finals will begin tomorrow night at 6 p.m.