WEST POINT, N.Y. (February 04, 2006) - Both the mens and womens swimming and diving teams closed out their dual meet season with wins over Army Saturday. The mens team edged out the Black Knights 153-147 to finish at 7-1, while the women dominated 221-79 ending their season at 5-2-1.
The mens teams kept the score close throughout the first few events of the afternoon, but the 1-3-4 finish in the 200 butterfly helped to propel the Huskies to a 64-48 advantage. Freshman Adrian Astiz (Bethesda, Md.) collected the win for UConn with a time of 1:51.61. Tristan Jones (Wanniassa, Australia) tallied two wins for the men in the 100 breaststroke (57.35) and the 200 IM (1:54.01). Finishing just behind Jones in the 200 IM was senior tri-captain Mike McNulty (Hartland, Wis.). McNulty also had a first-place finish in the 200 backstroke (1:54.14). The 50 freestyle sprint saw sophomores Abed Kaaki (Ras Tarura, Saudi Arabia) and Chris Ferreira (Madison, Conn.) finish first and second less than one-tenth of a second between each other. Ferreira picked up a win for the Huskies in the 100 backstroke with a time of 52.66. T.J. Ferguson (Plainville, Conn.) had the lone win for the diving team today in the mens one meter dive (328.73).
The womens swim team won every event with several back-to-back finishes. Sarah Kearns (Milford, Mass.), Danielle Sanders (Mississauga, Ontario) and Kelly Recupero (Stratford, Conn.) teamed together in the 1000 freestyle to capture the top three positions. In the 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke the Huskies dominated the top four positions with senior Ryan Smith (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) placing first in the backstroke and freshman Kristalynn Kempton in the breaststroke. Also picking up wins for UConn were Lisa Shelps (Quakertown, Pa.) in the 100 and 200 freestyle, Katie DeVinney (Avondale, Ariz.) in the 100 and 200 butterfly, Cassie Peterson (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) in the 200 backstroke, Courtney Haney (Mesa, Ariz.) in the 200 breaststroke, Bridget Regan (Bensalem, Pa.) in the 200 IM and Sanders in the 500 freestyle.
The Huskies will return to action on February 15 when they travel to East Meadow, N.Y. for the BIG EAST Championships.