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Huskies Cruise Past Seton Hall, 161-116, On Senior Day

Christine Pedersen was one of three UConn swimmers to win two individual events on Sunday.
Jan. 25, 2015


STORRS, Conn. - Three University of Connecticut women's swimmers won multiple individual events, while junior Taryn Urbanus (Quincy, Mass.) swept the diving events for the second straight day to lead UConn to a 161-116 win over Seton Hall on Sunday at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium. Connecticut improved to 4-1 in dual meets this season with the victory over the Pirates.

It was senior day on Sunday, as five female senior swimmers were honored in a ceremony prior to the meet. They went out in style for a Connecticut team that outscored its two opponents (Boston College, Seton Hall) by a combined score of 322-238 this weekend.

Urbanus brought her win total to four this weekend with first-place finishes in the 1 and 3-meter events. She won the 1-meter with a score of 286.05, leading the charge ahead of freshman Monica Marcelo (Middletown, Conn.) and sophomore Alexandra Butera (Havertown, Pa.), who rounded out the top three in the event. Marcelo totaled 269.77 points and Butera finished with a score of 264.15, while sophomores Amanda Craig (Woodbridge, Conn.) and Michelle Kalupski (Chicago, Ill.) both finished in the top five.

In the 3-meter, Urbanus won with a final score of 305.25, to finish ahead of Butera, who earned second-place honors after totaling 276.08 points. Marcelo finished third (265.50) and Craig was fourth (247.20) in the final diving event of the afternoon.

"The kids are doing very well right now," UConn diving coach John Bransfield said. "They dominated both diving events against Boston College and Seton Hall."



Senior Chinyere Pigot (Miami, Fla.), junior Laura Hyland (Southport, England) and sophomore Christine Pedersen (Vinterbro, Norway) all tallied two individual wins on Sunday to pace the Husky swim team. Pigot, who was one of the 10 seniors recognized prior to the meet, swept the freestyle events, winning the 50-yard free in 23.87 before topping all racers in the 100-yard free with a time of 53.04.

Hyland dominated the breaststroke events, capturing first-place honors in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:07.45) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:24.65). Pedersen took control of the backstroke events, as she swam to first place in the 100-yard back (57.80) and earned her second individual victory of the day in the 200-yard back (2:06.77). Pigot, Hyland and Pedersen teamed up with sophomore Tara O'Prey (Ridley Park, Pa.) to win the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:56.76 in the first event of the day.

"I was happy with our swims today with us fighting through some general fatigue," UConn swimming coach Bob Goldberg said. "We need to continue to get healthy and get ready for our championship season."

Other individual winners on Sunday were sophomore Michelle Faykes (Cherry Hill, N.J.) and seniors Katy Munzenamier (Lake George, N.Y.) and Holly Gallagher (Haddon Township, N.J.). Faykes won the 1650-yard freestyle (17:55.11), while Munzenmaier captured first-place honors in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:51.90. In the 200-yard butterfly, Gallagher topped all swimmers after completing the race in 2:09.96.

UConn continues its dual meet schedule next weekend on Jan. 31 on the road against Dartmouth. The meet is slated for a 12 p.m. start.