Feb. 19, 2014
LOUISVILLE, K.Y. - University of Connecticut sophomore diver Taryn Urbanus (Quincy, Mass.) won the 3-meter event with a score of 313.55 on day one of the inaugural American Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships, which were held all day Wednesday at the Ralph Wright Natatorium. The Huskies are currently in second place with 101 points behind Louisville, who accumulated 122 points in the opening day.
Urbanus trailed Louisville's Natash Burgess following the afternoon preliminaries, but she made her final dives of the day count.
"It feels great," Urbanus said. "I kept telling myself I could make this one last dive and I went out with a bang."
Freshman diver Alexandra Butera (Havertown, Pa.) finished fifth (283.40) in the 3-meter and fellow freshman Michelle Kalupski (Chicago, Ill.) scored a 253.25 to earn eighth-place honors. The Connecticut divers lead everyone at the championships with 45 points through the first day.
In the 800-yard freestyle relay, the UConn team of juniors Katy Munzenmaier (Lake George, N.Y.) and Tessa Pena (Apex, N.C.) and freshmen Sophie Nothnagle (Victor, N.Y.) and Christine Pedersen (Vinterbro, Norway) finished fifth, swimming the event in 7:23.88 minutes, a new personal best for them.
The Huskies also finished fifth in the 200-yard medley relay, as Pedersen teamed up with fellow freshmen Jordan Drake (Marietta, Ga.) and Tara O'Prey (Ridley Park, Pa.) and junior Chinyere Pigot (Miami, Fla.) to complete the event in 1:43.37 minutes.
UConn returns to the pool tomorrow, as the swimming preliminaries start at 10 p.m., while the diving preliminaries get underway at 12 p.m. Both the swimming and diving finals will begin tomorrow night at 6 p.m.