HOUSTON - After day one of competition at The American Championships, the UConn women’s swimming and diving team sits atop the standings in first place with 118 points.
The Huskies took first place in the women’s 1M diving competition, with Alli Butera, Monica Marcello and Michelle Kalupski sweeping the podium. Butera scored a 282.50 to capture the victory, Marcello trailed with 280.85 total and Kalupski at 272.80. UConn placed all four divers in the top eight, topping the field with a team score of 64.
"What our women did today was extraordinary, said head diving coach John Bransfield. "Making Finals is great; getting on the podium is special; and winning a gold medal is wonderful. But to sweep the three spots and win all three medals is magnificent. Our women did all of that, and I couldn't be more proud."
"Alli Butera won the prelims, which puts a target on your back going into the finals at night. She did a great job winning the event, but it was her teammates that kept her honest. Monica Marcello battled a fever the past few days, and made a run to take silver right behind Alli. Michelle did a solid, and very steady list to win the bronze."
The Huskies competed in the 800-yard freestyle relay with Emma Smith, Maddie Blair, Sophie Nothnagle and Margot Manning placing fifth with a time of 7.17.70. The time set a new UConn school record beating the previous time of 7:18.97 recorded in 2012-2013 season.
The 200-yard medley relay ended the night of competition with the Huskies placing sixth, claiming 26 points towards their team score. Christine Pedersen, Julie Hu, Brazil Rule and Manning raced to a 1:43.12.
Tomorrow, the Huskies will compete in the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 200 free relay. The preliminaries kick off at 11 a.m. ET and the finals will commence at 7 p.m. ET. The night session can be viewed on The American Digital Network.