BRONX, N.Y. - University of Connecticut senior swimmer Chinyere Pigot (Miami, Fla.) and sophomore Christine Pedersen (Vinterbro, Norway) each notched two individual victories to lift the UConn women’s swimming and diving team to a 165-135 win over Fordham on the road Saturday afternoon. The Huskies improved to 2-0 on the season with the victory.
Pigot won the 50-yard freestyle in 24.05 before capturing first place in the 100-yard freestyle (52.50), while Pedersen swept both backstroke events, winning the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 57.75 and the 200-yard back with a time of 2:04.74.
Pedersen and Pigot also saw another first place finish in the 200-yard medley relay, as they teamed up with junior Laura Ruttan (Stittsville, Ontario) and sophomore Tara O’Prey (Ridley Park, Pa.) to win the 200-yard medley relay (1:47.22).
Other Huskies to tally individual wins on Saturday were senior captain Katy Munzenmaier (Lake George, N.Y.), junior Laura Hyland (Southport, England) and sophomore Sophie Nothnagle (Victor, N.Y.). Munzenmaier touched the wall in 1:53.46 to earn first place honors in the 200-yard freestyle, while Hyland won her first individual race this season when she beat all swimmers in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:24.93.) Nothnagle continued her impressive start to the season in the 500-yard freestyle, winning the event after completing it in 5:04.08.
"I am happy with this weekend and it was a great effort on back-to-back days against two quality opponenets," UConn swimming coach Bob Goldberg said. "Swimming against Villanova and Fordham is a great preparation for our conference meet in February."
On the diving side, junior Taryn Urbanus (Qunicy, Mass.) and sophomore Alexandra Butera (Havertown, Pa.) both won individual events. Urbanus recorded 263.40 points to secure a first place finish in the 1-meter, while Butera posted a score of 274.35 in her win in the 3-meter.
UConn returns to action Saturday for the team’s Homecoming Alumni Meet at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium. The meet is slated for a 12 p.m. start.