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Girg Wins 500-Yard Freestyle Final; UConn Sets Two More School Records At Conference Championships

Feb. 20, 2014


LOUISVILLE, K.Y. - University of Connecticut freshman swimmer Chris Girg (Burbach, Germany) won the 500-yard freestyle final and UConn set two more school records as the Huskies wrapped up day two of the American Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday at the Ralph Wright Natatorium.

Girg finished the 500-yard freestyle in 4:19.24, edging out Louisville's Trevor Carroll, who completed the event in 4:19.52. His time broke a Connecticut school record and earned 20 points for the Huskies, who are now in third place with 245 points behind SMU (277) and Louisville (345) at the halfway mark of the championships.

UConn broke another school record in the 200-yard freestyle relay, as freshman James Donlevy (Lake Grove, N.Y.), sophomore Jeff Magin (Brookfield, Conn.) junior Felix Samuels (London, England) and senior Sean Battle (Allison Park, Pa.) teamed up to finish third in the event with a time of 1:20.96. The results in the 200-yard freestyle gave Connecticut its fourth school record through the first two days of the conference meet.

"This is one of the best starts UConn has ever had in a conference championship competition," UConn swimming coach Bob Goldberg said. "Our team is rising to the challenge of a new conference."

Samuels also placed in the 50-yard freestyle, swimming it in 20.39 to earn seventh-place honors. The Huskies return to the pool tomorrow morning, as the swimming preliminaries are set for 10 a.m., while the diving preliminaries will begin at 12 p.m. The finals for both swimming and diving start at 6 p.m. tomorrow night.