Middletown, Conn. – The UConn women’s swimming and diving team competed in the 2016 New England Invitational held at Wesleyan University. The meet was a training meet for the Huskies as they gear up for the Princeton Invitational next week.
The Huskies entered the meet looking to improve upon each of their times in various events and gaining more experience for the younger swimmers. The freshmen really stood out for UConn with multiple newcomers improving in their respective events.
Holly Parker ( Auckland, New Zealand) took almost four seconds (3.99) off of her time in the 200-yard freestyle and then took 3.56 seconds off her time in the 200-yard IM. Kiley Stotler (New Hartford, Conn,) improved by almost a full second (0.85) in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing third in that event. Freshmen Eliza Manning (Frederick, Md.) made a massive jump in the 200-yard IM, taking over five seconds off her time in the event.
Veteran Margot Manning finished in first place in all three of her events, making significant progress in both the 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard IM.
Sophomore Julie Hu (Wilton, N.C.), who had a nice weekend against Brown last Saturday, made her biggest improvement in the 100-yard breaststroke, shaving off 1.33 seconds and finished in first. Hu also finished in the top spot in the 50-yard breaststroke and 400-yard IM.
Emma Smith also continued her good results with a first-place finish in the 500-yard free, in which Smith took off more than two seconds (2.21) off her time.
The Huskies dominated on the diving events with UConn taking the top four spots in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events.
Amanda Craig became the fourth Huskies diver this season to punch her ticket to the NCAA Zones with a 281.75 score in the 3-meter competition. Craig joins Michelle Kapulski, Alli Butera and Monica Marcello as qualifiers for Zones. The score for Craig was also a career-best for the senior. Finishing behind Craig in the 3-meter was Butera (2nd) and Marcello( 3rd)
Alli Butera placed first in the 1-meter scoring a 281.15. Marcello and Kapulski placed second and third respectively.
The Huskies attempt to take their positive results into one of the biggest meets of the year, the Princeton Invite. The event will be held on Fri. Nov. 11 and Sat. Nov 12.