LOUISVILLE, Ky. – UConn senior swimmer Chinyere Pigot (Miami, Fla.) finished first in the 50-yard freestyle, while junior diver Taryn Urbanus (Quincy, Mass.) was third in the 3-meter final, as the University of Connecticut women’s swimming and diving team earned 286 points to end the first day of the Louisville Invitational in fourth place. The Huskies lead Southern Illinois (228) and currently trail Louisville (545), Western Kentucky (397) and Missouri State (287).
Pigot paced Connecticut on Friday, winning the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.66 to give the Huskies 32 points in the event. Sophomore Tara O’Prey (Ridley Park, Pa.) placed 12th in the race, earning UConn 14 points after finishing it in 23.79 seconds.
Urbanus continued her strong start to the season on Friday, capturing third place in the 1-meter with a final score of 318.35. Sophomores Alexandra Butera (Havertown, Pa.) and Michelle Kalupski (Chicago, Ill.) also placed in the event, as Butera finished sixth (293.30), while Kalupski posted a score of 291.90 to take home seventh-place honors.
Senior swimmer Katy Munzenmaier (Lake George, N.Y.) also had a strong showing for the Huskies, as she finished fourth in the 500-yard freestyle, completing it in 4:50.20. In the 200-yard freestyle relay, Munzenmaier, Pigot and O’Prey teamed up with sophomore Jordan Drake (Marietta, Ga.) to notch a third-place finish. The Connecticut team ended the race with a time 1:33.83 to finish behind Western Kentucky (1:33.21) and Louisville (130.67).
Sophomore swimmer Margot Manning (Frederick, Md.) produced the other notable time for UConn on Friday, earning 15 points in the 200-yard IM after she recorded a 12th place finish with a time of 2:06.37. The Huskies resume competition in the Louisville Invitational on Saturday at 10 a.m. Click HERE to track live results of the final two days of the meet.