San Juan, P.R. – The UConn swimming team began their training trip to Puerto Rico by competing in the 2017 Copa Coqui. The competition included 13 teams and consisted of 10 events. The Huskies combined score of 26 points placed them in third for the event.
“Considering we left campus at 3:30 a.m. this morning to get here on time, the team put together decent swims,” said head coach Bob Goldberg. “We can now settle in and focus on our training until we leave on Jan. 14.”
The men’s squad finished second overall behind North Michigan University with 23 points accumulated. Freshman Will Kearsey (Wheathampstead, England) led the way with a first place finish in the 100-meter backstroke, swimming a time of 1:00.23.
Senior James Donlevy (Lake Grove, N.Y.) and sophomore Mark Hunter both swam to second place finishes in their respective events. Donlevy competed in the 100-meter freestyle (53.71), while Mark Hunter finished the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:07.87.
Kyle Kimura was the top UConn finisher in the 100-meter butterfly taking sixth place. Other notables consisted of Alan Li swimming fourth in the breaststroke and Matthew DeGenais (Middletown, Conn.) taking fifth in the backstroke (1:02.11).
The women’s side wrapped up the day in fourth place with a total of 13 points. Julie Hu (Wilton, N.C.) was the top finisher for the Huskies recording a near first place finish in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:16.97), missing out by .03 of Illinois State’s Jensen Keck.
The Huskies fared well in the 100-meter backstroke with a pair of swimmers ranking in the top-five. Christine Pedersen (third) and Samantha Park (fifth) both earned points for the Huskies with their impressive swims.
The 100-yard butterfly was statistically the Huskies best event with three swimmers positioning themselves inside the top-10. Senior co-captain Sophie Nothnagle (1:08.73), freshman Brazil Rule (1:09.12) and Dani Bordes (1:09.81) placed third, fourth and eighth, respectively.
Margot Manning (Frederick, Md.) was the top Husky finisher in the 100-meter freestyle (ninth).
UConn returns to action on Senior Weekend when the Huskies host Southern Connecticut at 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20 and Seton Hall on Sunday, Jan. 22 at 1 p.m. at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium.