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Huskies Take Home Second-Place Finish At American Athletic Championships

Sophie Nothnagle finished second (1:58.99) in the 200-yard butterfly final on Saturday.
Feb. 21, 2015

Complete Championship Results | Final Team Scores

- The University of Connecticut women's swimming and diving team earned second-place honors in the 2015 American Athletic Championships after wrapping up the final day of competition Saturday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. The Huskies finished with 619 total points, while SMU won the meet after accumulating 797 points. ECU (595.5), Tulane (494.5), Cincinnati (461) and Houston (449) rounded out the remaining spots.

Two Husky sophomore swimmers, Christine Pedersen (Vinterbro, Norway) and Sophie Nothnagle (Victor, N.Y.) earned top-three finishes on Saturday to pace the UConn swimming attack. Nothnagle was tremendous in the 200-yard butterfly, placing second with a time of 1:58.99. Senior Holly Gallagher (Haddon Township, N.J.) was sixth in the event after swimming it in 2:02.90, while sophomore Caroline Finkle (Johns Creek, Ga.) finished 11th (2:05.26).

Pedersen captured third-place honors in the 200-yard backstroke final, finishing with a time of 1:58.98. Sophomore Jaimie Lynn Brookover (Cherry Hill, N.J.) marked the other UConn swimmer to place in the A-Final, as she was fifth after swimming the race in just over two minutes (2:00.44).



In the 400-yard freestyle relay, the final event of the conference meet, the UConn team of Nothnagle, seniors Katy Munzenmaier (Lake George, N.Y.) and Chinyere Pigot (Miami, Fla.) and sophomore Margot Manning (Frederick, Md.) finished second with an impressive time of 3:23.20. SMU won the race after swimming it in 3:18.91.

On the diving side, sophomores Michelle Kalupski (Chicago, Ill.) and Alexandra Butera (Havertown, Pa.) and junior Taryn Urbanus (Quincy, Mass.) were all in action Saturday afternoon for the preliminaries of the platform diving event. Kalupski posted the 10th best score (136.15), while Butera (126.45) and Urbanus (118.35) rounded out the remaining qualifiers.

Pigot, who placed third in Thursday's 50-yard freestyle, posted a strong showing in the 100-yard freestyle final on Saturday. She finished fourth with a completed time of 49.71, while Cincinnati's Jacqueline Keire won the event after recording a time of 48.44. Munzenmaier totaled the top time (50.17) in the B-Final of the event.

In the first race of the night, the 1650-yard freestyle, UConn sophomore Michelle Faykes (Cherry Hill, N.J.) tallied the fourth-best time after she swam the race in 17:01.13. Freshman Sammi Bassman (Austin, Texas) continued her strong conference meet debut on Saturday, as she placed eighth in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:18.63.