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UConn Swimming and Diving Defeats Seton Hall, 174.5-116.5

Freshman swimmer Tara O'Prey won two individual races for UConn in Sunday's meet against Seton Hall.

Jan. 26, 2014


SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – The University of Connecticut women’s swimming and diving team improved to 3-1 on the season Sunday, defeating Seton Hall 174.5-116.5.

The Huskies started out strong against the Pirates, winning the 200-yard medley relay in the first event of the day, as the team of freshmen Christine Pedersen, Jordan Drake and Tara O’Prey and junior Chinyere Pigot finished the event in 1:48.44 to capture first place honors.

O’Prey continued to swim well throughout the meet, winning the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.87. She won her third race of the day in the 100-yard butterfly, as she finished with a time of 58.71.

Pedersen, who has performed well all season for the Huskies, was also a multiple-winner Sunday along with Pigot. Pedersen finished first in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 58.14 and Pigot won the 100-yard freestyle after she completed the race in 53.50.

Other notable results from Sunday came from freshman Sophie Nothnagle, who won the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:10.36, and junior Tessa Pena, who was victorious in the 500-yard freestyle, beating everyone with a time of 5:10.23.

UConn also swam against Princeton this week, participating in a non-scoring scrimmage against the Tigers on Saturday.

“We are very pleased that we were able to get back to competition this weekend,” UConn swimming coach Bob Goldberg said. “It was a very good win against Seton Hall and we are looking forward to senior weekend next week against Colgate and Dartmouth.”

On the diving side, sophomore Taryn Urbanus paced the Huskies in the 3-meter event, winning it after she scored a 267.38. Freshman Alexandra Butera finished second in the 3-meter, scoring 244.72 points, and in the 1-meter even Urbanus (284.40) and Butera (264.97) earned third and fourth place respectively.

UConn swims Dartmouth this Saturday and faces Colgate the following day. Both meets start at 12 p.m. and will take place at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium in Storrs.