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Men's and Women's Swimming And Diving Have High Scores In BIG EAST Mid-Season Times

STORRS, Conn. (December 15, 2008) – The University of Connecticut men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are well represented in the newest BIG EAST Conference “top times” listing, which were released on Friday.

The Huskies are led by two outstanding underclassmen in sophomore Alex Davidson (Pointe-Claire, Qub.) from the men’s program and freshman Caitlin Gallagher (Lawrence, Kansas) from the women’s side.

Gallagher is the top-ranked performer in the BIG EAST in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:20.71, nearly two full seconds ahead on second place. She is also ranked second in the 200-yard individual medley, fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke and fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke.

There are also several other UConn women found ranked in the top times list including freshman Marta Kot (Ostroleka, Poland) in second in the 200-yard butterfly and senior Katie DeVinney (Avondale, Ariz.) at fourth in the same event.

Senior Kristalynn Kempton (Glen Head, N.Y.) holds fifth place in the 200-yard breaststroke and a strong fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke as it is a very powerful event for the Huskies.

In addition to Kempton and Gallagher, sophomore Kate Baust (Reistertown, Md.) is ninth in both the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke while freshman Anna Drinka (San Antonio, Texas) is 15th in the 200 and eighth in the 100.

Senior Lisa Shelps (Quakertown, Pa.) has produced team-best times in the backstroke events and is ranked 10th in the 100 and ninth in the 200.  Senior Danielle Sanders (Mississauga, Ont.) is a strong eighth at mid-season in the 1,650 with a 17:03.73 as she continues to recover from last season's surgery.

In the diving events, senior Liza Marianni (Cherry Hill, N.J.) ranks sixth with a score of 268 points in the one-meter and seventh in the three-meter with a score of 280.05.

The men are led by Davidson's first place time of 1:47.11, a school record, in the 200 backstroke and third in the 100 back at 49.50 with times from the U.S. Short Course National Championship.

Also outstanding for the Huskies is senior captain Adrian Astiz (Rockville, Md.) with a fourth place in the 100-yard butterfly at 49.01, second in the 200-yard butterfly at a school record 1:46.57, fourth in the 200-yard IM at 1:51.76 and fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke at 56.68.

Junior John Hogan (Walkersville, Md.) is a strong eighth in the 500-yard freestyle at 4:32.70, ninth in the 100-yard butterfly at 49.70 and 15th in the 200-yard butterfly at 1:51.70.

Joining his teammates in the fly is senior captain JH Dasinger (Madison, Miss.) ranked fifth in the 100-yard at 49.09 and 11th in the 200-yard at 1:51.12. The breaststroke is also represented well for the Huskies by sophomore Tomasz Sobek (Siemianowice Slaskie, Poland), who is fourth in the 100-yard and fifth the in the 200-yard while junior Steve Kustra (North Huntington, Pa.) is seventh in the 200 as well as 11th in the 200-yard  IM.

Junior Steve Ferreira (Madison, Conn.) looks strong in the diving events ranked third on the one-meter and fourth on the three-meter.

The team finished its final exam period and will take a short break for the holidays. UConn will then travel to Puerto Rico for its annual training trip before returning home for second semester and continuing preparation for the BIG EAST Conference Championship in February and NCAA Championship in March.