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Men's and Women's Swimming Head To U.S. Short Course National Championship

STORRS, Connecticut (Dec. 3, 2008) --- The University of Connecticut men’s and women’s swimming teams will compete this Thursday-Saturday, December 4-6 at the United States Short Course National Championships in Atlanta on the campus of Georgia Tech.

Top American swimmers, including seven members of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Swim Team, will compete in the event. Among the swimmers expected to compete are U.S. Olympic gold medalists Ryan Lochte, Cullen Jones and Garrett Weber-Gale.

The UConn men will be represented by a number of performers, including sophomore Alex Davidson (Pointe-Claire, Que.), who is coming off the prestigious Canada Cup, where he finished eighth in the 200-yard backstroke. Davidson will compete in the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke in Atlanta.

Senior John Henry Davidson (Madison, Miss.) will swim in the 100-yard butterfly while sophomore Tomasz Sobek (Siemianowice Sloskie, Poland) in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke. Junior Steve Kustra (North Huntington, Pa.) will compete in the 200-yard breaststroke while UConn’s 200-yard, 400-yard and 800-yard free relay teams will swim along with its 200-yard and 400-yard medley relays.

On the women’s side, senior Kristalynn Kempton (Glen Head, N.Y.) will compete in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke while senior Audrey Prior (Lutz, Fla.) will swim in the 200-yard backstroke. Sophomore Kate Baust (Reistertown, Md.) will be in the 200-yard breaststroke while senior Katie DeVinney (Avondale, Ariz.) will be in the 200-yard butterfly. Freshman Anna Drinka (San Antonio, Texas) will be in the 100-yard breaststroke and senior Erin McLaughlin (Woodbridge, Conn.) will swim the 100-yard backstroke. The Huskies 200-yard and 400-yard medley relay teams will compete along with the 800-yard free relay.

Both Kempton and DeVinney have overcome injuries from last year to qualify for the event while McLaughlin is making her first national championship meet – a rare occurrence for a senior.

The meet will follow the traditional schedule of morning prelims and evening finals with the morning sessions starting each day at 9:30 a.m. Evening finals begin at 6 p.m. with the top 24 performers in each event.

All three nights of finals at Short Course Nationals will be available for viewing on-demand at . Footage will be posted beginning Friday morning. In addition, the website will provide preview and wrap-up stories each evening.

Following the event, the Huskies will break for final exams and then have their annual team training trip from January 2-19.