PHILADELPHIA – Junior Laura Ruttan (Stittsville, Ontario) notched two individual victories to lead the UConn women’s swimming and diving team to a 134.5-127.5 victory over Villanova on the road in the team’s season opener Friday.
Ruttan finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:07.00, and she continued her impressive night in the 200-yard breaststroke, earning a first place finish after completing the event in 2:23.19.
UConn senior Chinyere Pigot (Miami Fla.), who broke a school record in last season’s conference meet, also had a productive meet for the Huskies on Friday, finishing first in the 100-yard freestyle (51.89) and earning a second place finish in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.10. The Connecticut speedster also teamed up with sophomores Christine Pedersen (Vinterbro, Norway) and Tara O’Prey (Ridley Park, Pa.) and Ruttan to win the 200-yard medley relay in 1:46.00.
Pedersen also had a good night for UConn, as the backstroke specialist saw a first place finish in the 100-yard backstroke (57.22) before taking second place in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:03.19. Villanova’s Gabrielle Daigneault just edged Pedersen, winning the race in 2:03.16.
“Today was an extraordinary swim meet with Villanova and a great win for our women’s team,” UConn swimming coach Bob Goldberg said. “Katy Munzenmaier and Sophie Nothnagle were especially great, and we were able to win the meet, which came down to the last relay.”
Other UConn swimmers to swim to a first place finish on Friday were senior captain Katy Munzenmaier (Lake George, N.Y.) and sophomore Sophie Nothnagle (Victor, N.Y.). Munzenmaier won the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.54), while Nothnagle topped all swimmers in the 200-yard butterfly after swimming it in 2:03.82.
UConn returns to action tomorrow when it continues its road trip against Fordham. The meet is set to start at 1 p.m.