Swimming and Diving Crushes Orange on Senior Day



    STORRS, Conn. (January 21, 2006) - The University of Connecticut swimming and diving teams both defeated Syracuse in a BIG EAST Conference dual meet on Saturday afternoon at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium. The men would end the meet with a final score of 182-118 keeping them undefeated on the season at 5-0 and 4-0 in the conference. The women topped the Orange 179-120 putting their season record at 3-2 and 2-2 in the BIG EAST.

    In the men’s 200 medley relay UConn and Syracuse’s A teams kept it close until the end when the Huskies pulled ahead of the Orange to take the victory home. Their time of 1:32.51 was a season best.

    Sarah Kearns (Milford, Mass.) took an early lead, which she would never lose, in the women’s 1000 freestyle. She finished more than one length of the pool ahead of her nearest competitor and set a new season best with a time of 10:15.37.

    The Huskies posted a one-two finish in the women’s 200 freestyle with Emily Karel (Bethesda, Md.) winning the event and Danielle Sanders (Mississauga, Ontario) taking second.

    The men’s 200 freestyle was extremely tight the entire way through with UConn collecting three of the top four spots. Michael Brocki (Westhampton, N.Y.) edged out Syracuse’s Wes Matson to secure the win for the Huskies.

    Senior Ryan Smith (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) would capture another 100 backstroke win for UConn finishing in 57.26.

    Kristalynn Kempton (Glen Head, N.Y.) made her mark in the 100 breaststroke placing first in 1:05.69.

    Adrian Astiz (Bethesda, Md.) continued to excel in the men’s 200 butterfly winning the event with a time of 1:51.61.

    The Huskies were dominant in the 50 freestyle events with Lisa Shelps (Quakertown, Pa.) winning for the women and Abed Kaaki (Ras Tarura, Saudi Arabia) taking the victory for the men. In addition, UConn would place two other swimmers in the top four of the men’s 50 freestyle with Chris Ferreira (Madison, Conn.) in second and Nick Conrad (Olney, Md.) in fourth.

    The men’s divers posted an impressive one-two-three finish in the one meter event. T.J. Ferguson (Plainville, Conn.) took first place for the Huskies followed by Michael Clifford (West Islip, N.Y.) and Kevin Thompson (Stamford, Conn.).

    On the women’s side, UConn placed their three divers in the top four of the three meter event. Liza Marianni (Cherry Hill, N.J.) would capture first for the Huskies, while teammates Allison Coleman (New Canaan, Conn.) and Lauren Jacob (Elmira, N.Y.) would finish second and fourth, respectively.

    Following the intermission, the women’s team picked up right where the left off with Shelps capturing the title in the 100 freestyle (53.56).

    Three swimmers finished in the top four of the men’s 100 freestyle separated by under two seconds. Tristan Jones (Wanniassa, Australia) was victorious in the event with Ferreira finishing third and Jon Kunces (Naugatuck, Conn.) in fourth.

    Smith and Cassie Peterson (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) finished first and second in the 200 backstroke, and Kempton out-swam her competition in the 200 breaststroke winning the event with a time of 2:21.03.

    Kearns tallied her second win of the meet for the Huskies in the 500 freestyle. Sanders finished behind Kearns in second place. Astiz would take the 500 freestyle, on the men’s side, with a time of 4:42.41.

    The men’s 100 butterfly saw UConn freshman John Henry Dasinger (Madison, Miss.) touch the wall first in 52.42.

    The men’s diving team would take the top three places again, this time in the three meter event with Ferguson in first, Clifford in second and Thompson in third.

    The women’s diving team would have a two-three-four finish in the one meter dive with Coleman in second, Marianni in third and Jacob in fourth.

    Smith would complete her last event at home on top winning the 200 IM. Jones would also take the event for the men’s team in 1:54.60.

    The Huskies would end the meet winning both the men’s and women’s 400 freestyle relays with the men’s team setting a new season high in the event finishing in 3:09.16.

    Prior to the start of the meet, time was taken to recognize the team’s eight seniors who, combined, have had a 54-14 record over the past four seasons.

    UConn will travel to West Virginia on Saturday, January 28, in its final conference meet of the season prior to the BIG EAST Championships. The meet is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. (ET).