HANOVER, N.H. – The UConn women’s swimming and diving team enters its final dual meet of the season against Dartmouth on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Karl Michael Pool.
The Huskies carry momentum into Saturday’s meet after winning two dual meets last weekend in Storrs. UConn defeated Southern Connecticut State (159-119) on Friday evening and backed it up with a victory against Seton Hall (229-69) on Senior Day on Sunday.
Alli Butera and Monica Marcello had superb weekend on the boards. Butera’s two first-place and a second place finish earned the senior American Conference Diver of the Week honors. Marcello also captured a win on the 1M boards on Sunday. With their scores this past weekend, Butera ranks second in The American in both the 1M and 3M events. Marcello slots third in the 1M and fifth in the 3M competition.
“Our Diving events versus Dartmouth should be good contests,” said head diving coach John Bransfield. “The fact that it is an away meet is valuable in that our Conference and Zone Championships are also on the road, and it is a final opportunity to treat unfamiliar conditions in a way to find center outside of what is familiar. We should do very well in the Women’s Meet; on any given day, any of our divers can take first or second. We nonetheless need to stay focused, as we get into much deeper water in the weeks to come, and the Dartmouth Meet is another chance for them to be their best.”
The Huskies had a number of standout performances from the past weekend. Senior Christine Pedersen swam well on Friday against Southern Connecticut, scoring victories in the 100 and 200-yard backstroke events. Pedersen ranks inside the top 10 in the conference in the 50 (eighth), 100 (seventh) and 200-yard backstroke (sixth).
Junior Emma Smith recorded three first-place over the weekend. Securing wins in the 200 (1:52.99), 500 (4:58.11) and 1000-yard freestyle (10:14.44) events.
“We always enjoy swimming against Dartmouth," said head coach Bob Goldberg. “As an Ivy league university they are traditionally strong in swimming and this year is no exception. This meet will be a real challenge to both our men’s and women’s programs.”