STORRS, Conn. – The Men’s swimming and diving team returns to competition after a week off over Thanksgiving break. The Huskies welcome Yale and Boston University to the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. The meet will be the last competition before the New Year.
The team’s latest meet came in Blacksburg, Va. against a competitive eight-team field in the Virginia Tech Invite. The Huskies completed the three-day event in sixth place.
Spencer Beaulieu (Portland, Conn.) and Dan Kinney notched top-10 performances at the Virginia Tech Invite. Beaulieu competed in the A-Final of the 3-meter, finishing in eighth overall, recording a score of 274.70. Kinney followed suit in the 1-meter, placing eighth in the competition.
“This is a tough time of year for us,” said head diving coach John Bransfield. “We put in 10 great weeks of work and then the academic calendar hurts us a bit with the week off. The kids weren’t entirely off, went back to their respective clubs but it isn’t quite the same focus and work that we put in here.Should be a nice challenge to end the fall semester”
Freshman Will Kearsey put forth another strong performance during the Invite, competing in nine events and swam in 13 races, including his preliminaries. Kearsey peaked in the 100-yard backstroke, taking home second overall with a time of 48.90, just missing an NCAA B qualifying time of 48.49.
Co-captain James Donlevy (Lake Grove, N.Y.) swam well during the three-day event. Donlevy qualified for the B-Final in two of his individual events. Placing ninth (45.67) in the 100-yard freestyle and 12th in the 50-yard freestyle in 20.98.
Sophomore Mark Hunter continued his success in the breaststroke events, finishing sixth overall in the 200-yard event and qualifying for the C-Final in the 100-yard competition, taking 18th overall.
The men’s relay teams swam well, collecting top-10 finishes in the 400-yard freestyle relay (fifth), 800-yard freestyle (sixth) and 200-yard medley (10th).
“This will be a very tough meet for us,” said head coach Bob Goldberg. “Last of five straight meets for us. We have been dealing with injuries and sickness, so hopefully the break will allow us to mend and recover.”
“James Donlevy is coming off a great meet at Virginia Tech and that makes us whole again because he is our top sprinter. But BU and Yale bring in good teams so it should be an outstanding contest,” said Goldberg.