HOUSTON – The University of Connecticut diving team led the charge on day two of the American Athletic Conference Championships, claiming two medals in the one-meter final on Thursday at the CRWC Natatorium. The Huskies currently sit in second place with 245 points, trailing SMU (263) and leading Tulane (226.50), Houston (226), Cincinnati (200) and East Carolina (182.50).
Once again, the UConn divers put forth an impressive effort in the A-Final, claiming three of the top four spots. It started with senior Taryn Urbanus (Quincy, Mass.), who took home her second silver medal of the meet with a score of 287.40 on the one-meter board behind Houston’s Danielle Shedd’s 302.00 points. Junior Alexandra Butera (Havertown, Pa.) earned a bronze medal on 287.30 points, while sophomore Monica Marcello (Middletown, Conn.) came in fourth (278.95). Junior Michelle Kalupski (Chicago, Ill.) rounded out the Huskies’ stellar performance in sixth with a score of 259.10 points.
For the swimmers, junior Sophie Nothnagle represented the Huskies in the A-Final of the 500-freestyle on Thursday, finishing seventh in a time of 4:55.96. Classmate Margot Manning (Frederick, Md.) completed the 200-IM in 2:03.87 for sixth place, while freshman Annika Grewal (Oakville, Ontario) checked in eighth (2:07.24). Rookie Jackie Van Lew placed 12th in the B-Final of the 50-freestyle in a time of 23.59.
Grewal, Manning and Van Lew teamed up with freshman Madeline Blair (Bethlehem, Pa.) to finish sixth in the final event of the night, the 200-medley relay, with a time of 1:34.75.
Day three of the American Athletic Conference Championships resumes on Friday morning at 11 a.m. ET with another round of swimming preliminaries. The diving preliminaries are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and the finals will once again take place at 7 p.m.