Feb. 22, 2014
LOUISVILLE, K.Y. – The University of Connecticut women’s swimming and diving team finished in fourth place at the inaugural American Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships, which concluded Saturday at the Ralph Wright Natatorium. UConn ended the week with 459.5 points, as the Huskies fell to Louisville (977), Southern Methodist (624.5) and Rutgers (572).
Connecticut junior swimmer Chinyere Pigot (Miami, Fla.), who won the 50-yard freestyle final Thursday, had another solid day Saturday, earning a third-place finish along with Southern Methodist’s Nina Rangelova with a time of 49.43 in the 100-yard freestyle to give the Huskies 15.5 points.
In the 1650-yard freestyle, freshman swimmer Michelle Faykes (Cherry Hill, N.J.) took home fourth-place honors after swimming the event with a time of 16:49.04. Louisville’s Carly Munchel finished first, completing the race in 16:35.63. Fellow freshman Sophie Nothnagle (Victor, N.Y.) also had a good day for the Huskies, placing in the 200-yard butterfly. She finished fifth (2:02.51), while junior Holly Gallagher (Haddon Township, N.J.) and freshman Caroline Finkle (Johns Creek, Ga.) both earned seventh-place finishes, swimming the race in 2:04.17.
UConn diver Alexandra Butera (Havertown, Pa.) concluded her week on the boards Saturday in the platform diving event, which she finished with a score of 158.50 to finish 11th just ahead of fellow freshman Michelle Kalupski, who scored a 157.95.
In the final event of the championships, the 400-yard freestyle relay, Pigot teamed up with freshmen Tara O’Prey (Ridley Park, Pa.) and Jordan Drake (Marietta, Ga.) and junior Katy Munzenmaier (Lake George, N.Y.) to finish in fifth place with a time of 3:26.10.
Up next for the Huskies are the NCAA Zone Diving Championships, which will run from March 14-15.