GREENSBORO, N.C. - The University of Connecticut women's swimming and diving team resumed competition in the American Athletic Championships on day three of the event Friday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. The Huskies will go into the final day of the meet in second place after totaling 428 points through the first three days. SMU leads all schools with 550 points.
Connecticut sophomore standout Tara O'Prey (Ridley Park, Pa.) provided the highlight for the Huskies in the preliminaries on Friday morning, as she broke the school record in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 55.12 seconds. She finished fourth in the heat, and she placed sixth in the finals after swimming it in 55.58 seconds. Sophomore Sophie Nothnagle (Victor, N.Y.), who was fifth (55.35) in the preliminary stage, earned fourth-place honors in the finals with a time of 55.19 seconds.
UConn's second school record on Friday came in the last event of the night, the 400-yard medley relay final. Nothnagle teamed up with sophomore Jaimie Lynn Brookover (Cherry Hill, N.J.), freshman Sammi Bassman (Austin, Texas) and senior Katy Munzenmaier (Lake George, N.Y.) to make history after swimming the event in 3:43.77. That time was the fifth-best mark in the race.
On the diving side, junior Taryn Urbanus (Quincy, Mass.) nearly won her second straight American Athletic 3-meter final, as she placed third on Friday with a score of 314.20.Two Connecticut sophomores, Alexandra Butera (Havertown, Pa.) and Michelle Kalupski (Chicago, Ill.) also earned finishing spots in the A-Final. Butera was fifth with a score of 290.15, while Kalupski (278.30) was sixth. Freshman Monica Marcello (Middletown, Conn.) recorded the top score (288.35) in the B-Final.
Munzenmaier and Brookover's strong night continued, as they also tallied an individual second-place finish each. Munzenmaier was second in the 200-yard freestyle after swimming it in 1:46.71, while Brookover was the runner-up in the 100-yard backstroke final with a completed time of 54.78.
In the 400-yard IM final, junior Laura Ruttan (Stittsville, Ontario) swam to a seventh-place finish with a time of 4:25.90, and Bassman marked the other Husky to place in an individual A-Final on Friday. She earned seventh-place honors in the 100-yard breaststroke final after swimming it in 1:03.52.
The final day of competition is set to resume tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. with the swimming preliminaries. The diving preliminaries are set for 12:30 p.m., and the last round of finals will once again take place at 6 p.m.