GREENSBORO, N.C. – University of Connecticut senior swimmer Katy Munzenmaier (Lake George, N.Y.) set a school record (1:46.37) in her lead-off of the 800-yard freestyle relay for UConn, which concluded day one of the 2015 American Athletic Championships on Wednesday night at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in North Carolina. The Huskies currently stand in second place behind just Houston (120 points) after totaling 108 points in the first day of competition.
Munzenmaier and the Huskies earned 30 points in the event after tallying a fourth-place finish with a time of 7:19.53. The UConn standout teamed up with sophomores Sophie Nothnagle (Victor, N.Y.), Margot Manning (Frederick, Md.) and Deanna Parsons (Ellicott City, Md.) to finish behind East Carolina (7:14.69), SMU (7:18.27) and Tulane (7:19.22).
Connecticut also earned fourth-place honors in the 200-yard medley relay after completing it in 1:41.89. Sophomores Christine Pedersen (Vinterbro, Norway) and Tara O’Prey (Ridley Park, Pa.) competed in the race along with junior Laura Ruttan (Stittsville, Ontario) and senior Chinyere Pigot (Miami, Fla.), as they earned UConn 30 points following their performance. SMU (1:37.32), East Carolina (1:41.13) and Tulane (1:41.30) grabbed the top three spots in the race.
Three UConn divers qualified for the A-final of the 1-meter event after their performances in the preliminary round on Wednesday afternoon. Freshman Monica Marcello (Middletown, Conn.) placed fifth in the finals, finishing with a total score of 248.30. Sophomore Michelle Kalupski (Chicago, Ill.) earned sixth-place honors after totaling 248 points, while Alexandra Butera (Havertown, Pa.) was seventh with a score of 245.75.
Junior Taryn Urbanus (Quincy, Mass.) recorded the top score (280.25) in the B-Final after posting a mark of 222.65 in the preliminary stage. Urbanus won the 3-meter final in last year’s conference meet.
UConn resumes action in the conference meet tomorrow with the swimming preliminaries at 10 a.m. The diving preliminaries are set for 12:30 p.m., and the finals will once again take place at 6 p.m.
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