Women's Swimming And Diving Defeats Army 188-112 In Season Opener

Freshman swimmer Christine Pedersen won two backstrokes event Saturday.
Freshman swimmer Christine Pedersen won two backstrokes event Saturday. UCONNHUSKIESDOTCOM

Oct. 26, 2013


STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut Women's Swimming and Diving team kicked off the 2013-14 regular season in winning fashion Saturday afternoon at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium, defeating Army 188-112.

The Huskies saw strong performances from several swimmers, starting with junior Chinyere Pigot, who won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.77. Pigot also won the 1000-yard freestyle, finishing the event with a time of 52.06.

In the 200-yard freestyle, UConn junior Katy Munzenmaier had a very strong swim, finishing second behind Army's Megan Grier with a time of 1:55.57.

"Today was an outstanding win for the UConn women against a very good West Point squad," Connecticut coach Bob Goldberg said.

Freshman Christine Pedersen had a terrific debut for the Huskies, winning two backstroke events for Connecticut. She won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 57.16, and in the 200-yard backstroke she posted a time of 2:04.96.

On the diving side, freshman Alexandra Butera was great in her first meet as a Husky, winning both events. She scored a 255.60 in the 1-meter event, while in the 3-meter she won with a score of 277.80.

"Our team came together for one of the best team efforts we have had in a very long time," Goldberg said. "I have to give credit to our captains and assistant coaches for rallying the team."

Connecticut returns to the pool in a week when they host Villanova at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium for Parents' Day. The meet is set to start at 1 p.m.