Feb. 8, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut women’s swimming team played host to five schools at the UConn 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 received good times from several swimmers, beginning with sophomore Laura Ruttan (Stittsville, Ontario), who won the 200-yard IM after swimming it in 2:12.41.
Two UConn swimmers, junior Margot Manning (Frederick, Md.) and freshman Deanna Parsons (Ellicott City, Md.), earned second-place finishes for UConn Saturday as well. Manning completed the 50-yard freestyle in 25.04 to finish behind Northeastern’s Anna Schegoleva (24.61), while Parsons was second (58.74) in the 100-yard butterfly, which was won by Northeastern’s Alexandra Yaeger (57.48).
UConn freshman swimmer Sophie Nothnagle (Victor, N.Y.) also had a strong day for the Huskies, as she finished third in the 200-yard freestyle (1:57.54) and posted an impressive time (2:10.60) in the 200-yard backstroke.
“It was a very productive day for our team,” UConn swimming coach Bob Goldberg said. “With over 200 swimmers in a time-trial format, there were a lot of good swims from swimmers from all the schools and it gave us some experience in a big meet format.”
The Huskies now focus their attention on the American Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championship, which is set to take place Feb. 19-22 at the Ralph Wright Natatorium in Louisville, Ky. The conference meet features four schools on the men’s side and six women’s programs, and fans interested in attending the championship can purchase tickets HERE.