HOUSTON – The University of Connecticut women’s swimming and diving team resumed competition in the American Athletic Conference Championships on day three of the event on Friday in the CRWC Natatorium. The Huskies head into the final day of the meet in sixth place after totaling 339 points. SMU leads all schools with 454 points.
Connecticut junior Jaimie Lynn Brookover (Cherry Hill, N.J.) provided the highlight for the Huskies in the finals on Friday night, as she placed second in the 100-backstroke with a time of 54.87. Junior Christine Pedersen (Vinterbro, Norway) earned seventh-place honors after swimming the event in 55.54.
Senior Laura Ruttan (Stittsville, Ontario) just missed the podium after she touched the wall in 4:22.55 to come in fifth in the 400-IM. Sophomore Sammi Bassman (Austin, Texas) and Ruttan finished 13th (1:04.27) and 14th (1:04.40), respectively, in the B-Final of the 100-breaststroke.
The Huskies had three swimmers in the B-Final of the 200-freestyle, starting with Margot Manning (Frederick, Md.), who placed 12th in a time of 1:50.64. Rookie Jackie Van Lew (Tinton Falls, N.J.) swam the race in 1:50.79 for 14th place and classmate Madeline Blair (Bethlehem, Pa.) was 16th in 1:51.53.
Junior Sophie Nothnagle (Victor, N.Y.) was the sole representative for UConn in the 100-butterfly, completing the race in 55.60 to come in 12th. The Huskies finished the day with the 400-medley relay. Brookover, Bassman, Nothnagle and Van Lew came together to swim the relay in 3:47.41 for sixth place.
The final day of competition is set to resume tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. ET with the swimming preliminaries. The diving preliminaries are set for 1:30 p.m. and the last round of finals will once again take place at 7 p.m.
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