STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut women’s swimming team concluded the 2015-16 regular season after hosting four schools at the Husky Open, which was held Saturday morning at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium.
The annual event, which follows a time-trial format, allowed swimmers from each school to participate in a variety of races, as some of the schools used the meet to determine who they would be sending to their conference championships.
The Huskies landed among the top three finishers 18 times, including five first-place finishes. Senior Laura Ruttan (Stittsville, Ontario) got the meet started on a high note, after winning the 200-IM in 2:11.15. Sophomore Christina Cirillo (Kinnelon, N.J.) was second (2:11.50).
Freshman Julie Hu (Wilton, Conn.) swam to the top spot in the 400-IM (4:35.36), followed by sophomore Emily Parillo (Phillipston, Mass.) in 4:37.43. Classmate Emily Caplis (Chillicothe, Ill.) touched the wall in 2:26.57 to finish first in the 200-breaststroke. Sophomore Sophia King completed the 50-butterfly for the Huskies in 26.43 to win the race, as freshman Danielle Bordes (Alpharetta, Ga.) took third (26.54). Junior Rachel Mulligan (Raleigh, N.C.) went head-to-head with Northeastern’s Anila Mehta in the 1650-freestyle and came away with the victory in 17.39.18.
UConn had multiple second-place finishes, including swims from junior Sophie Nothnagle (Victor, N.Y.) in the 200-backstroke (2:08.99) and classmate Darrah Jampo (West Chester, Pa.) in the 100-freestyle (54.32). Caplis was the runner-up in the 100-breaststroke after swimming the race in 1:08.40 while Bordes also checked in second for the 50-breaststroke (31.02).
The Huskies now focus their attention on the American Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships, which is set to take place on Feb. 17-20 at the CRWC Natatorium at the University of Houston. The conference meet features six women’s programs and four on the men’s side. Fans interested in attending the championship can purchase tickets HERE, and all four days of competition will be covered live on the American Digital Network.