STORRS, Conn. (November 28, 2008) – The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) has released its top 100 college individual swim rankings for the season and the University of Connecticut is well represented.
"With our mid-season times showing up so well in the national rankings, while swimming on very little rest, we are increasingly excited about our BIG EAST Conference Championship and our goals of sending as many swimmers as possible the the Division I NCAA Championships this spring,” says head coach Bob Goldberg.
Leading the way as expected is senior co-captain Adrian Astiz (Rockville, Md.) and his record setting 200-yard butterfly time of 1:46.57 for an eighth place national ranking. Following that is his 100-yard fly of 49.01 for 38th, 56.68 in the 100-yard breaststroke for 58th and 1:51.76 in the 200-yard individual medley for 51st.
Joining Astiz are fellow senior captain JH Dasinger (Madison, Miss.) and junior John Hogan (Walkersville, Md.) in the 100-yard butterfly at 49.09 and 49.70 for 42nd and 73rd place. Hogan is also 78th in the 500-yard free at 4:32.70. Other members of the men's team represented in the top 100 are freshman Mitch Dansky (Wincherdon, Mass.) in the 1650-yard freestyle (93rd), sophomore Alex Davidson (Pointe-Claire, Que.) in the 100-yard (93rd) and 200-yard (41st) backstroke, sophomore Tomasz Sobek (Siemianowice Slaskie, Poland) at 40th in the 100 and 33 in the 200 and junior Steve Kustra (North Huntington, Pa.), who is 58th in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke.
The UConn women are also well represented as freshman Caitlin Gallaher's (Lawrence, Kansas) remarkable fall semester has but her in the college elite. She is currently 27th in the 200-yard breaststroke at 2:16.45, 48th in the 100-yard breaststroke at 1:03.83, 41st in the 200-yard IM at 2:03.42 and 39th in the 400-yard IM at 4:20.71.
Joining her in both breaststroke events is senior Kristalynn Kempton (Glen Head, N.Y.), who has made remarkable progress recovering from her back injury to be ranked 46th in the 100 at 1:03.82 and 48th in the 200 at 2:18.10.
The women 200 butterflyers are well represented by freshman Marta Kot (Ostroleka, Poland) at 64th with a 2:02.39 and senior captain Katie DeVinney (Avondale, Ariz.) at 75th with a 2:02.82.
Two other swimmers who are progressing well in their rehabilitation from injuries include senior Lisa Shelps (Quakertown, Pa.) ranked 97th with a 2:02.30 in the 200-yard backstroke and redshirt junior Danielle Sanders (Mississauga, Ont.), ranked 63rd in the 1650-yard freestyle at 17:03.73.
Several UConn swimmers will be heading to the United States Short Course National Championships in December before beginning the team's winter training trip to Puerto Rico.