Miami, Fla. – The UConn diving team traveled to the University of Miami to participate against two of the best dive programs in the country, Miami and the University of Florida. The Huskies held their own with solid performances from both sides.
“All around, I was very pleased with our team,” said head diving coach John Bransfield. “We were in deep water with these traditional powers and our kids stepped up, battled and for that I’m proud of their efforts. No disrespect to the other schools but this meet was not a primary focal point for us. This meet was truly a part of our training, and in light of such, was a day to make advancement en route to our championship journey.”
The women’s team placed two divers inside the top-five in both the one-meter and three-meter events. Monica Marcello (Middletown, Conn.) scored a 271.55 to take third place and lead the Huskies in the one-meter. Alli Butera followed with a fourth place ranking after compiling a 269.05.
In the three-meter competition Butera led the way for UConn with a third place finish. Close behind was teammate Amanda Craig (Woodbridge, Conn.), the senior scored 271.25 to snag fourth. Michelle Kapulski landed in eighth place in both events.
The men’s squad was led by Dan Kinney who secured fifth in both the one-meter and three-meter. Prior to the sixth and final dive in the three-meter competition Spencer Beaulieu (Portland, Conn.) was positioned in third place before being leapfrogged. Beaulieu ended up landing in sixth place. Freshman Kyle Kennedy finished eighth in the standings for both dives.
The Huskies resume next weekend at the University of Buffalo Diving Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 14 in Buffalo, N.Y.