April 30, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – Two seniors have been named as team captains for the 2014-15 UConn men’s swimming and diving team as announced by Connecticut swimming coach Bob Goldberg this week.
Sawyer Franz (Pine, Colo.) and Lachezar Shumkov (Sofia, Bulgaria) were both chosen to lead a Connecticut squad that finished last season with a perfect 6-0 record in dual meets. Franz, who competes in IM, backstroke and distance freestyle events, finished strong in his junior year, winning the 400-yard IM Final at the inaugural American Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships, which took place at the University of Louisville back in February.
Franz and Shumkov were named to the All-Conference Team following their performances at the event. Shumkov, who won four events at the Bulgarian National Championships last summer, teamed up with freshman James Donlevy (Lake Grove, N.Y.), sophomore Jeff Magin (Brookfield, Conn.) and senior Asher Garcia (Pinecrest, Fla.) to take home third place honors in the 200-yard medley relay at the conference meet.
“Franz has blossomed into a well-rounded swimmer who is effective in a number of events,” Goldberg said. “Shumkov came to UConn with some very good times in the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke, and he has exceeded those expectations and now holds school records in both events.”
Both of next season’s captains were named UConn’s Freshmen of the Year following their first year in Storrs and each swimmer has grown into a leader during their time at Connecticut.
“All of the captains for next year represent what UConn is about,” Goldberg said. “They are top flight students and they are active as leaders in the team study groups and as part of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council. They have all excelled greatly so far in their career.”
Connecticut’s schedule for next season is set to be released later this spring as the Huskies enter year two in the American Athletic Conference.