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UConn Defeats Villanova 159-140 To Improve To 2-0

Sophomore Laura Hyland finished first in the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke events Saturday to lead the Huskies.

Nov. 2, 2013


STORRS, Conn. – Connecticut sophomore Laura Hyland won a pair of races, as the UConn women’ s swimming and diving team moved to 2-0 on the year, edging Villanova 159-140 Saturday afternoon at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium.

Hyland swam well all day Saturday, starting in the 100-yard breaststroke, which she won with a time of 1:08.41. UConn freshman Tara O’Prey finished just behind Hyland, posting a time of 1:08.68 in the event.

Hyland’s second victory came in the 200-yard breaststroke, as the Southport, England native recorded a time of 2:24.30, edging out Connecticut UConn sophomore Laura Ruttan, who finished the race in 2:25.55.

Connecticut opened the meet with a crucial win in the 200-yard medley relay, as freshman Christine Pedersen, Hyland, freshman Sophie Nothnagle and junior Chinyere Pigot powered UConn to first place, swimming the event in 1:48.29 to just beat a Villanova team that finished with a time of 1:49.43.  

Two other Huskies were victorious Saturday, as senior captain Kati Kyle won the 100-yard backstroke in 59.51, while Pedersen won the 200-yard backstroke for the second week in a row, posting a time of 2:06.06.

“Our women had a tough battle with a very good Villanova team,” Connecticut head coach Bob Goldberg said. “They have beaten us for the last several years, and it was nice to get back on the winning side. This was truly a team win for the girls, as second, third and fourth places made the difference in the meet.”

In the diving portion of the meet, Connecticut sophomore Taryn Urbanus was excellent for the second straight week, earning first place in both events. She scored 291.90 points in the 1-meter, and totaled 286.35 points in the 3-meter.

Freshman Michelle Kalupski and Alexandra Butera also scored well on the boards Saturday, as Kalupski was second in the 1-meter event with 269.47 points, while Butera finished second in the 3-meter with a score of 285.08.

UConn returns to the pool next Saturday when it hosts the University of Pennsylvania at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium. The meet is set to start at 1 p.m.