BLACKSBURG, Va. – The UConn women’s swimming and diving kicked off the Virginia Tech Invite on Thursday, Nov. 17, competing in 10 events.
Senior Alexandra Butera put together the best performance of the day, winning the 3-meter diving event, with a score of 309.95. The victory came against a deep field of competitors and notched 20 points for the UConn squad. Amanda Craig and Michelle Kapulski also nabbed points for the Huskies, finishing 10th and 14th respectively.
Emma Smith earned a spot in the 500-yard freestyle A-Final, finishing seventh in 4:54.41. Also in the 500-yard freestyle, freshmen Sona Pinela (20th, 5:02.11) and Jackie Van Lew (23rd, 5:06.59) competed in the C-Final.
Manning sisters, Margot and Eliza, both made it the finals in the 50-yard freestyle. Freshmen Eliza participated in the B-Final (13th, 23.81) while Margot was in the C-Final taking 24th (24.30). Senior Maddie Hoopes (Greenburg, Pa.) and Brazil Rule just missed qualifying for the finals in the event, tying for 29th (24.20).
Three Huskies qualified for the C-Final in the 200-yard IM. Margot Manning (2:06.11), Kiley Stotler (2:07.75) and Holy Parker (2:08.51) placed 18th, 21st and 23rd respectively in the event.
In the relay events, the Huskies were able to compile points in multiple events. In the 200-yard freestyle relay UConn placed two teams in the top-12. Eliza & Margot Manning, Brazil Rule and Madeleine Blair finished in eighth (1:34.77) and Maddie Hoopes, Dani Bordes, Jackie Van Lew and Jamie Lynn Brookover came in 12th place.
In the 400-yard medley relay the Huskies placed a pair of teams in the top-14 of the event. Christine Pedersen, Eliza, Margot Manning and Rule snagged 12th place, scoring 14 points. While Brookover, Stotler,Bordes and Hoopes took 14th place.
After the first day of competition, the women’s team has collected 110 points, positioning themselves in fifth place out of 10 teams. Host school, Virginia Tech, leads the pack with 354 points.