BLACKSBURG, Va. – The UConn women’s swimming and diving team completed the second day of the Virginia Tech Invite at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center. After two days, the Huskies sit in fifth place with 243 points.
The Huskies placed the most finalists in the 400-yard individual medley with four swimmers competing in the finals. Emma Smith swam in the A-Final taking sixth courtesy of a 4:28.27. In the B-Final, Holly Parker and junior Emily Parillo (Phillipston, Mass.) ranked 10th and 15th respectively. Freshmen Sona Pinela placed 17th in 4:34.62 in the C-Final.
In the 100-yard butterfly, three Huskies earned spots in the C-final. Freshmen Eliza Manning came in 17th place, swimming in 56.63. Senior co-captain, Sophie Nothnagle, returned from injury and secured 21st place, while Brazil Rule finished in 23rd.
In Friday’s relays, UConn claimed top-15 spots with two teams in each of the events. The 200-yard medley relay consisted of an 11th place finish for the team of Christine Pedersen, Sammi Bassman, Rule and Madeleine Blair. The other squad included Jamie Lynn Brookover, Margot Manning, Dani Bordes and Jackie Van Lew, who finished 15th in the event.
In the 800-yard freestyle relay the Huskies performed well, placing teams 7th (Smith, Margot Manning, Van Lew and Parker) and 12th (Deanna Parsons, Blair, Bordes, Nothnagle).
Sammi Bassman (Austin, Texas) swam one of her best races of the season on Friday, finishing the C-Final of the 100-yard breaststroke in 21st with a time of 1:06.19.
Another notable on Friday was the duo of Pedersen and Brookover, registering top-15 spots in the 100-yard backstroke. Pedersen took home 12th racing to a time of 55.72, while Brookover in the B-Final was 14th (56.60).
On the diving end, the Huskies continued to put together a great invitational with Alli Butera placing fourth in the 1-meter diving event, scoring a 275.50. Monica Marcello fell in just behind her teammate finishing fifth in the A-Final.
“We had another good day on the boards,” said head diving coach John Bransfield. “Alli Butera has been outstanding for us, recording a first-place finish yesterday and adding fourth tonight. It is another day of competition that I feel is helping us progress over the course of the season.”
Tomorrow marks the final day of competition in the Virginia Tech Invite, check back at uconnhuskies.com for the full recap.
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