Storrs, Conn. – The UConn men’s swimming and diving team prepares for a dual meet with the SMU Mustangs on Friday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium.
The Huskies are coming off a home-meet against Brown last weekend that was unscored due to Ivy League rules. Despite this, times were recorded and factored into NCAA qualifying and records.
One of the standout performers for UConn was senior Christopher Girg (Burbach, Germany), who competed in three events during Saturday’s meet vs. Brown. Girg performed extremely well, finishing first in the 500-yard (4:36.18) and 1000-yard freestyle (9:24.64). His time in the 1000-yard freestyle is currently the fastest time in the conference, and 47th nationally.
Girg also swam in the 200-yard butterfly and nearly pulled out the sweep but was inched out by 0.16 seconds (1:54.82). Girg’s effort earned the senior CollegeSwimming.com Conference Swimmer of the Week for the AAC.
Freshmen Will Kearsey (Wheathampstead, England) continued the marvelous start to his UConn career, swimming a pool record, 1:38.74, in the 200-yard backstroke, in route to a first place finish.
Kearsey also competed in the 100-yard backstroke and took the top spot with a time of 49.50. Both times for Kearsey are tops among swimmers in The American. Nationally, Kearsey stacks up 48th nationally in the 200-yard back and 53rd in the country in the 100 back.
Heading into the meet head coach Bob Goldberg wants the team to carry momentum from last week’s competition.
“We are a little bit banged up as we go against one of the best teams in the conference,” said Goldberg. So we may be shorthanded but I’m really confident in our freestyle and backstroke events. We know the quality of SMU’s team but the team is ready to go out on Friday and win.
On the diving end, senior Spencer Beaulieu (Portland, Conn.) record a 272.48 in the 1-meter diving event. His score bested his performance two weeks ago when Beaulieu registered a score of 258.22, taking first-place in the event.
Head diving coach John Bransfield wants the team to continue to build in the early stages of the year.
“We have to stay with what we have done and made us successful to this point,” said Bransfield. This will be a great litmus test for the guys as they go up against an NCAA qualifier and one of the best diver in the country in Bryce Klein. I can’t wait to see how our guys stack up against great competition.”