Feb. 26, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Ten members of the University of Connecticut men's swimming and diving team have been named to the American Athletic All-Conference Team, as announced by the league Wednesday morning.
Two UConn swimmers won individual events in last week's inaugural American Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships, starting in the 500-yard freestyle where freshman swimmer Chris Girg (Burbach, Germany) captured first place honors and broke a school record with a time of 4:19.24. Junior Sawyer Franz (Pine, Colo.) was the other individual champion, as he finished first in the 400-yard IM final after swimming it in 3:47.88 to beat out Louisville swimmers Nolan Tesone (3:48.39) and Jake Schultz (3:54.53).
Others Huskies that earned All-Conference honors were freshman James Donlevy (Lake Grove, N.Y.), sophomore Jeff Magin (Brookfield, Conn.), junior Lachezar Shumkov (Sofia, Bulgaria) and senior Asher Garcia (Pinecrest, Fla.). They teamed up in the 200-yard medley relay, swimming the race in 1:29.89 to take home third place honors and set a school record. Garcia and Shumkov also took part in the 400-yard medley relay, finishing second in the final, while Magin and Donlevy helped the Huskies finish third in the 200-yard freestyle and second in the 400-yard medley relay.
"The transition to the new conference has brought together six elite swimming and diving teams, and to be part of the All-Conference team is a great measure of our successful season," UConn swimming coach Bob Goldberg said. "Our staff is proud of what these athletes have accomplished throughout the season."
Junior Felix Samuels (London, England) was also an All-Conference selection along with seniors Sean Battle (Allison Park, Pa.) and Keith Piper (Naperville, Ill.). The three Huskies and Girg finished second (6:33.73) in the 800-yard freestyle relay behind the Louisville team. Samuels was also part of UConn relay teams that finished second in both the 800-yard freestyle and 400-yard medley relay, while Battle and Piper were on the Husky team that earned third place in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Sophomore swimmer Mike Lennon (Williston Park, N.Y.) was the other member of the All-Conference team following his performance at the conference meet. He had a great final day for the Huskies, finishing second in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 15:25.38. UConn ended the championships in third place out of four teams.