HOUSTON - University of Connecticut senior diver Taryn Urbanus (Quincy, Mass.) placed second in the finals of the three-meter diving competition on day one of the 2016 American Athletic Conference Championship on Wednesday night at the CRWC Natatorium in Texas. The Huskies currently stand in first place with 116 points after the first day of action.
Four UConn divers qualified for the A-Final of the three-meter after their performances in the preliminary round, the most of any team. Urbanus took second after finishing with a total score of 326.20. Sophomore Monica Marcello (Middletown, Conn.) was just four points away from earning a medal, ultimately placing fourth with 316.80. Junior Alexandra Butera (Havertown, Pa.) earned fifth-place honors after totaling 283.75 points, while classmate Michelle Kalupski (Chicago, Ill.) was seventh with a score of 267.80.
The four Huskies brought in 58 points to help put UConn on top of the day’s standings.
Connecticut placed third in the 800-freestyle relay, completing the race in 7:19.32. The squad was comprised of juniors Margot Manning (Frederick, Md.) and Sophie Nothnagle (Victor, N.Y.) with freshmen Annika Grewal (Oakville, Ontario) and Jackie Van Lew (Tinton Falls, N.J.) to touch the wall behind SMU (7:12.78) and Cincinnati (7:14.14).
The Huskies’ 200-medley relay team took home sixth-place after swimming the event in 1:42.70. Junior Christine Pedersen (Vinterbro, Norway) and senior Laura Ruttan (Stittsville, Ontario) joined Manning and Grewal as they earned 26 points for UConn. SMU (1:38.40), Tulane (1:40.19) and East Carolina (1:40.21) claimed the top three spots in the race.
“We had solid swims all the way around,” head coach Bob Goldberg said. “It was a great way to start off the meet.”
UConn is back in action in the conference meet tomorrow with the swimming preliminaries at 11 a.m. ET. The diving preliminaries are set for 1:30 p.m. ET and the finals will once again take place at 7 p.m. ET.