Dec. 6, 2011
ATLANTA - Eight performers from the University of Connecticut men's and women's swimming and diving team took part last weekend in the USA Swimming Winter National Championships. The meet is one of the fastest held in the country each year and both national and international stars compete at the event. The venue at Georgia Tech played host to the 1996 Olympic Games.
The group of Huskies used this experience to challenge themselves against some of the fastest swimmers in the world including Olympic and World Champions, as well as world record holders.
The Huskies recorded impressive times during the three day meet with junior Jordan Bowen (Lake Elmo, Minn.) turning in a 4:28.27 and a 9:15.06 in the 400-meter and 800-meter freestyle events.
Senior Caitlin Gallagher (Lawrence, Kansas), who qualified in four individual events, marked 2:24.19 and a 5:15.61 in the 200-meter and 400-meter individual medley events as well as a 1:16.19 and 2:46.83 in both the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststrokes.
Junior Mary deMarrais (Bernardsville, N.J.) touched in at 5:10.99 in the 400-meter individual medley. Junior Kim Fleming (Mississauga, Ont.) swam both the 100-meter and 200-meter backstrokes posting a 1:05.97 and a 2:26.47 respectively.
Sophomore Kati Kyle (Lithia, Fla.) also swam both backstrokes and clocked in at a personal best 1:05.57 and a 2:27.05.
Two freshman women also qualified for the meet with Olympian Chinyere Pigot (Miami, Fla.) turning in a 26.91 and a 59.01 in the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyles and and Holly Gallagher (Haddon Township, N.J.) posting a 2:22.33 in the final event of the meet - the 200-meter butterfly.
On the men's side, freshman Wyatt Boliek (Greenville, S.C.) had a 2:29.22 in the 200-meter breaststroke.
For complete results of the meet, CLICK HERE.
The UConn swimming and diving teams now take time off for their winter training trips and return to action on January 21 when they travel to Seton Hall. The next home meet is January 29 against Colgate.