LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Connecticut men's and women's swimming and diving teams return to action this weekend at the Louisville Invitational. The three-day event kicks off on Friday and marks UConn's first trip back to the Ralph Wright Natatorium, the site of the 2014 American Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championship.
Both Connecticut squads, which suffered their first losses of the season on Nov. 9 against Penn, are set to compete in one of UConn's most competitive meets of the year. Louisville, the host for this weekend, features a men's and women's that are both ranked in the Top 25 of the CSCAA Poll. The No. 5 Louisville men's swimming and diving team picked up wins over No. 11 Auburn and No. 14 Tennessee last week, while the women's team fell to the Volunteers and Tigers. Other schools that will face UConn this weekend include Western Kentucky, Missouri State and Southern Illinois.
"This meet will be the most competitive and highest quality meet we will see before our championship meets at the end of the year," UConn swimming coach Bob Goldberg said. "We are excited to swim fast and compete hard."
Several Connecticut divers tallied high scores against the Quakers earlier this month in the loss to Penn. Juniors Taryn Urbanus (Quincy, Mass.) and John Brice (Bala Cynwood, Pa.) both swept the diving events, notching victories in the 1 and 3-meter competitions. Sophomore diver Michelle Kalupski (Chicago, Ill.) collected two second-place finishes on the day, while freshman Jeffrey Aselin (Riverside, Conn.) boasted two third-place honors.
On the swimming side, sophomores James Donlevy (Lake Grove, N.Y.) Chris Girg (Burbach, Germany) and Christine Pedersen (Vinterbro, Norway) and senior sprinter Chinyere Pigot (Miami, Fla.) all recorded individual victories for the Huskies against Penn. Donlevy won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.37, and Girg continued his strong start to the season, earning a first-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle (4:32.73).
Pedersen and Pigot tallied two wins each, as Pedersen won the 100-yard backstroke (57.00) and 200-yard backstroke (2:03.61), while Pigot swept the freestyle events. Both Connecticut teams currently sit at 2-1 on the season.