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UConn Sets Two More School Records In Final Day Of Louisville Invitational

Christine Pedersen broke the school record in the 200-yard backstroke on Sunday.
Nov. 23, 2014

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  - University of Connecticut sophomores Christine Pedersen (Vinterbro, Norway) and Sophie Nothnagle (Victor, N.Y.) both set school records on Sunday for the UConn swimming and diving team, which finished in third place (1,282 points) in this weekend’s Louisville Invitational. The Cardinals earned the top spot with a score of 1,872, while Western Kentucky was second after totaling 1,566 points.

Pedersen posted a time of 1:58.76 in the 200-yard backstroke, as she placed fifth in the A Final to award the Huskies 25 points. Nothnagle set her school record in the preliminary round of the 200-yard butterfly, swimming it in 2:00.81.

On the diving side, sophomores Michelle Kalupski (Chicago, Ill.) and Alexandra Butera (Havertown, Pa.) both finished in the top-10 of the platform diving event. Kalupski was eighth (162.85) and Butera was ninth (159.20), while junior Taryn Urbanus (Quincy, Mass.) finished 11th with a score of 137.90.

Connecticut’s Chinyere Pigot (Miami, Fla.) had another strong showing this weekend in a freestyle event, finishing second in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 49.82. The senior speedster’s time of 22.66 in Friday’s 50-yard freestyle currently stands as one of the best times in the country.



Multiple Huskies recorded solid times in 200-yard breaststroke final, as three UConn swimmers finished in the top eight. Junior Laura Ruttan (Stittsville, Ontario) was fourth (2:18.29) and freshman Sammi Bassman (Austin, Texas) finished fifth (2:19.56), while junior Laura Hyland (Southport, England) swam to a seventh-place finish after completing the race in 2:20.49.

“Many of our swimmers were at conference level times without a taper or shave,” UConn swimming coach Bob Goldberg said. “Setting three school records is extraordinary.”

Other notable times on Sunday came from Nothnagle (Victor, N.Y.) and freshman Emily Parillo (Phillipston, Mass.), who both saw a top-eight finish in the 200-yard butterfly. Nothnagle earned fifth-place honors with a time of 2:01.26, and Parillo continued her strong freshman campaign, finishing seventh after recording a time of 2:03.93.

In the final event of the invitational, the 400-yard freestyle, Pigot teamed up with sophomores Deanna Parsons (Ellicott City, Md.) and Margot Manning (Frederick, Md.) and senior Katy Munzenmaier (Lake George, N.Y.) to finish the race in fourth place (3:27.14).

The Huskies wrap up their winter schedule in December with the AT&T Winter Nationals, set for Dec. 5-7 in Greensboro, N.C.