Feb. 2, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut women’s swimming and diving team downed Colgate 167-118 Sunday at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium to finish the regular season with a 4-2 record in dual meets.
UConn’s victory over Colgate avenged a Husky loss last season when Connecticut fell to the Raiders 177-120. Freshman standout Christine Pedersen (Vinterbro, Norway) paced the Huskies once again, winning the 100-yard backstroke in 58.17 and the 200-yard backstroke in 2:06.04. In the 200-yard medley relay, Pedersen teamed up with freshmen Tara O’Prey (Ridley Park, Pa.) and Madeleine Hoopes (Greensburg, Pa.) and junior Chinyere Pigot (Miami, Fla.) to win the race with a time of 1:47.93.
Pigot’s strong day continued Sunday, as she went on to win the 50-yard freestyle (23.78) and the 100-yard freestyle, which she completed in a time of 52.24. Sophomore Laura Hyland (Southport, England) performed well in both breaststroke events, winning the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:25.04 and in the 100-yard breaststroke she finished second after swimming it in 1:08.32.
“Pedersen was great, winning the two backstroke events and Pigot also had a very good day of swimming,” UConn swimming coach Bob Goldberg said.
Other Huskies that performed well Sunday were freshman Sophie Nothnagle (Victor, N.Y.), who won the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:07.63 and junior Hannah Perna (Hillsborough, N.J.), who earned first place honors in the 1000-yard freestyle, completing the race in 10:35.06.
The UConn women divers swept both events, going 1-2 in each for the second straight day, starting in the 1-meter, which freshman diver Alexandra Butera (Havertown, Pa.) won with a score of 290.25. In the 3-meter, sophomore diver Taryn Urbanus (Quincy, Mass.) finished first with a 317.41 and Butera earned second place honors after scoring a 280.35.
It was another solid weekend for the Huskies on the boards, especially Saturday as the 1-2 finishes of Butera and Urbanus along with two fourth place finishes by freshman diver Michelle Kalupski (Chicago, Ill.) kept UConn in the meet against Dartmouth, who eventually edged Connecticut 154-146.
"I couldn't be more pleased with the way our divers finished up their dual meet season over the weekend," UConn diving coach John Bransfield said. "There were personal bests for the year achieved and we are in a good place heading towards the postseason with the American Athletic Conference Championship two weeks away and the NCAA Zone Championship further down the road."
Eight UConn seniors were recognized before the meet Sunday as part of Senior Weekend for the Huskies, including women’s swimmers Catherine Chang (Savage, Minn.) and Kati Kyle (Lithia, Fla.). In addition to being acknowledged, each senior was awarded a commemorative blanket that was presented by Goldberg before the competition.