Feb. 21, 2014
LOUISVILLE, K.Y. - University of Connecticut junior swimmer Sawyer Franz (Pine, Colo.) won the 400-yard IM final and the Huskies remained in third place after day three of the American Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships Friday.
Franz edged out two Louisville swimmers in his victory, swimming the event in 3:47.88 to beat out Cardinal swimmers Nolan Tesone (3:48.39) and Jake Schultz (3:54.53). His win earned the Huskies 20 points, and he became the second conference champion for the men’s team this week.
In the 400-yard medley relay, UConn received a great time from the team of sophomore Jeff Magin (Brookfield, Conn.), juniors Felix Samuels (London, England) and Lachezar Shumkov (Sofia, Bulgaria) and senior Asher Garcia (Pinecrest, Fla.), as the four Huskies completed the event in 3:17.21 to finish second. The Louisville team of Grigory Tarasevich, Aaron Young, Thomas Dahlia and Joao De Lucca won the race with a time of 3:10.94. Magin also placed in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing the race in 49.26 to earn a seventh place finish.
Freshman swimmer Chris Girg (Burbach, Germany), who won the 500-yard freestyle final Thursday, finished fifth in the 200-yard freestyle Friday with a time of 1:38.63, while two Huskies placed in the 100-yard breaststroke. Shumkov completed the race in 54.56 to earn fifth place honors and sophomore Greg Baliko (Fanwood, N.J.) finished sixth after finishing with a time of 56.03.
On the diving side, sophomore John Brice (Bala Cynwood, Pa.) finished fourth in the 3-meter with a score of 331.80, while senior Anthony Cortright (Wallingford, Conn.) took home sixth place honors after scoring a 309.45. Freshman Spencer Beaulieu (Portland, Conn.) accumulated 265.60 points to earn a ninth-place finish.
The Huskies (475.5) head into the final day of the conference trailing Louisville (718.5) and Southern Methodist (503) and return to the pool tomorrow morning. The swimming preliminaries take place at 10 a.m. tomorrow, while the diving preliminaries begin at 12:30 p.m. Both the swimming and diving finals will start at 6 p.m. tomorrow night.
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