STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut women’s swimming and diving team sent its six seniors out on a high note after besting Dartmouth, 160-121, on Saturday in Wolff-Zackin Natatorium. The men’s team was also successful in defeating the Big Green, making it the perfect Senior Day for the Huskies. With the win, UConn finished its dual meet schedule with a record of 1-3 on the year.
The Huskies totaled 30 finishes in the top-three, which includes sweeping four different events. Sophomore Monica Marcello (Middletown, Conn.) kicked things off with an impressive diving performance as she took first on the one-meter platform with 307.64 points, which is a new pool record. Senior Taryn Urbanus (Quincy, Mass.) was second (280.20) and junior Alexandra Butera (Havertown, Pa.) was third (275.77). The trio also swept the three-meter competition in the same order with Marcello claiming the top spot behind 293.62 points.
On the swimming side, junior Christine Pedersen (Vinterbro, Norway) touched the wall in 58.19 to win the 100-backstroke with classmate Jaimie Lynn Brookover (Cherry Hill, N.J.) and freshman Annika Grewal (Oakville, Ontario) swimming the race in 58.41 and 58.46, respectively, for second and third. UConn also took the top-three places in the 200-IM, led by Grewal in a time of 2:10.96. Junior Margot Manning (Frederick, Md.) was close behind in 2:11.12, followed by senior Laura Ruttan (Stittsville, Ontario) in 2:12.66.
Grewal continued her impressive rookie campaign by also recording a win in the 200-backstroke after swimming it in 2:03.16. Pedersen claimed second in a time of 2:05.12. Other individual winners on Saturday were junior Sophie Nothnagle (Victor, N.Y.) and senior Laura Hyland (Southport, England). Nothnagle touched the wall in 2:04.32 to win the 200-butterfly, while Hyland earned first place in the 200-breaststroke after posting a time of 2:23.51.
Freshman Danielle Bordes (Alpharetta, Ga.) claimed the 100-butterfly after she swam the race in 58.38. Bordes and Pedersen joined freshmen Julie Hu (Wilton, Conn.) and Madeline Blair (Bethlehem, Pa.) for a first place finish in the 200-medley relay in a time of 1:48.39.
The Huskies return to action on Feb. 6 when they host the Husky Open, set for 10 a.m. at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium. Admission is free for the event that will be Connecticut’s final home meet of the season.
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