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Swimming and Diving Travel to Virginia Tech for Invite

Nov. 16, 2016

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The UConn men’s swimming and diving team travels to Virginia Tech to compete in the Virginia Tech Invite at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center. Events will take place from Thursday, Nov. 17 until Saturday, Nov. 19 and include a deep field of teams.

On the men’s side, the Invite includes Virginia Tech, Purdue (no divers), William & Mary, Villanova, Old Dominion, Yale (no divers) and Navy.

“This will be a real test for the guys,” said head coach Bob Goldberg. “The meet has so much depth with the quality of swim teams we are competing against, it will be a great challenge for us. We typically put our toughest meet in the middle of our season and this might be the toughest that we have had over the course of the past few seasons. This meet has the potential to be faster than what we swim in the conference meet.”

The Huskies have been led this season by senior Christopher Girg (Burbach, Germany) and freshmen Will Kearsey (Wheathampstead, England). Girg has produced times in the conference’s top three for the 500-yard freestyle (4:35.25) and 1000-yard free (9:22.78). In the 200-yard butterfly Girg’s 1:53.15 ranks fifth in The American.

Kearsey has been most dominant in his backstroke events, posting the best conference time in the 50 (23.05) and 200-yard (1:48.74). In the 100-yard back, Kearsey is second in the conference (49.50) to SMU’s, Bartosz Krzyzaniak’s 49.49 time.

Sophomore Mark Hunter (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa) has impressed in his breaststroke events, earning top-10 times within the conference. Hunter is fourth in the 200-yard Breast (2:03.83) and eighth in the 100-yard event, with a time of 57.50.



Both Hunter and Kearsey see their names near the top in the 200-yard IM as well, Kearsey is second in The American swimming a 1:53.58, while Hunter is just behind in fourth (1:54.89)

Freshman Karl Bishop, currently holds down the top spot in the 1650-yard freestyle event with his time of 16:15.84.

Junior diver Dan Kinney (Middletown, Conn.), coming off qualifying for NCAA Zones in the last meet, looks to continue his hot stretch this week.

“Dan is like a pistol,” said head diving coach John Bransfield. “When he is hot, he is really hot.”

Kinney, Spencer Beaulieu and Kyle Kennedy will look to get their bearings in a venue that will be home to the NCAA Zones March 6-8.

“Familiarity is key for a diver,” said Bransfield. “The more time you spend at a venue, the more comfortable you become and that will only help our guys as they move forward.”