PROVIDENCE, R.I. – 11 student-athletes from the University of Connecticut men’s swimming and diving team have earned All-American Athletic Conference honors, as announced by the league on Friday. The Huskies concluded competition at the conference championship on Saturday, finishing fourth out of four teams.
Senior John Brice (Bala Cynwood, Pa.) was named to the All-Conference Team after placing second in the three-meter with a score of 354.25 and fourth on the one-meter platform behind 287.30 points at the conference championships.
Greg Baliko (Fanwood, N.J.), Mike Lennon (Williston Park, N.Y.), Jeff Magin (Brookfield, Conn.) and Ryan Walsh (Monroe, N.Y.) represented the four UConn senior swimmers to be tabbed for the list. Baliko, Magin and Walsh were a part of the 200-medley relay team with junior James Donlevy (Lake Grove, N.Y.) that came in third in 1:28.91. Magin, Baliko and Donlevy were also together for the 400-medley relay, which also finished third (3:15.34), with freshman Mark Hunter (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa).
Baliko captured second-place honors in the 200-IM with a time of 1:48.64. Lennon was sensational in the 1,650-freestyle, placing third after he touched the wall in 15:28.78, while Walsh impressed in the 200-butterfly to take third (1:48.56).
The UConn junior class earned three All-Conference selections, starting with Donlevy, who checked in third in the 50-freestyle (20.19). He also third in the 100-freestyle in a time of 44.61. Chris Girg (Burbach, Germany) claimed second place by swimming the 200-butterfly in 1:47.03. Kevin Konarski (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) and Donlevy joined Magin and sophomore Daniel Krentsa (Brookfield, Conn.) to take fourth in the 400-freestyle relay (2:59.84). Krentsa is the only sophomore for UConn to receive All-Conference recognition.
Rookies Matthew Dagenais (Middletown, Conn.) and Hunter claimed their first All-Conference honors after Dagenais earned a bronze medal in the 200-IM in a time of 1:49.73 and Hunter swam the 200-breaststroke in 1:57.92 for a silver medal.
UConn returns to action with the NCAA Zone Diving Championships on Mar. 7-9. The NCAA Swimming Championships will be held on Mar. 24-26.