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Munzenmaier Leads The Way On Second Day Of Conference Championships

Chinyere Pigot finished third in the 50-yard freestyle on Thursday with a time of 22.89.
Feb. 19, 2015

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– University of Connecticut senior swimmer Katy Munzenmaier (Lake George, N.Y.) led the charge once again for UConn on day two of the American Athletic Championships, placing second in the 500-yard freestyle final Thursday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. The Huskies currently sit in second place with 108 points, as they trail Houston (120 points) and lead East Carolina (96), SMU (82), Tulane (72) and Cincinnati (57).

Munzenmaier was one of two Connecticut swimmers to earn top-four spots in the 500-yard freestyle, as she posted a time of 4:47.57 to finish behind Cincinnati’s Jacqueline Keire (4:42.68.) Sophomore Sophie Nothnagle (Victor, N.Y.) was fourth with a time of 4:50.58, and Michelle Faykes (Cherry Hill, N.J.) grabbed eighth place after swimming the race in 5:00.73. Junior Laura Hyland (Southport, England) and senior Holly Gallagher (Haddon Township, N.J.) both placed in the B-Final on Thursday as well.

UConn standout Chinyere Pigot (Miami, Fla.) had another solid showing in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing third with a time of 22.89. The Connecticut senior, who won the race with a school record time of 22.81 in last year’s conference meet, trailed SMU’s Isabella Arcila (22.25) and Nathalie Lindborg (22.39) on Thursday. Sophomore Tara O’Prey (Ridley Park, Pa.) was 12th in the race after swimming it in 23.71.



O’Prey and Pigot teamed up with sophomore Christine Pedersen (Vinterbro, Norway) and junior Laura Ruttan (Stittsville, Ontario) to finish fourth (1:41.89) in the final event of the night, the 200-yard medley relay. SMU won the race (1:37.32), while East Carolina (1:41.13) and Tulane (1:41.30 rounded out the top three.    

Two Huskies placed in the B-Final of the 200-yard IM, starting with sophomore Margot Manning (Frederick, Md.). She finished 11th overall with a time of 2:05.47, and fellow sophomore Caroline Finkle (Johns Creek, Ga.) was 13th in the event after finishing it in 2:06.28.

Day three of the American Athletic Championships resumes Friday morning at 10 a.m. with another round of swimming preliminaries. The diving preliminaries are at 12:30 p.m., and the finals will once again take place at 6 p.m.