Feb. 20, 2014
LOUISVILLE, K.Y. - University of Connecticut junior swimmer Chinyere Pigot (Miami, Fla.) finished first in the 50-yard freestyle final to help UConn break its second school record this week as the Huskies wrapped up the second day of the American Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships at the Ralph Wright Natatorium.
Pigot, who has been a force in the 50-yard freestyle all season, touched the wall just before Southern Methodist's Marne Erasmus, finishing the event in 22.81. Her time broke a UConn record and earned the Huskies 20 points, and Connecticut now sits in fourth place with 191 points, trailing Rutgers (216), SMU (236) and Louisville (376).
In the 200-yard freestyle relay, Pigot teamed up with freshmen Jordan Drake (Marietta, Ga.) and Tara O'Prey (Ridley Park, Pa.) and junior Katy Munzenmaier (Lake George, N.Y.) to finish fifth with a time of 1:33.26. The SMU team of Erasmus, Monika Babok, Isabella Arcila and Nathalie Lindborg earned first place honors in the event after swimming it in 1:29.83.
"This is one of the best starts UConn has had in a conference championship competition," UConn swimming coach Bob Goldberg said. "Our team is rising to the challenge of a new conference."
UConn sophomore diver Taryn Urbanus (Quincy, Mass.), who won the 3-meter final last night, finished third in the 1-meter Thursday with a score of 270.90. Freshman Alexandra Butera (Havertown, Pa.) was eighth (247.15) in the event and freshman Michelle Kalupski (Chicago, Ill.) scored 215.95 to finish 12th overall.
"I could not have been happier with the way our divers competed yesterday, particularly in the women's event," UConn diving coach John Bransfield said. "The winning performance by Taryn yesterday was wonderful, and while today was not as complete as we would have liked we still did some good things. This is a young team with plenty to look forward to in the future."
The Huskies return to the pool tomorrow morning, as the swimming preliminaries are set for 10 a.m., while the diving preliminaries will begin at 12 p.m. The finals for both swimming and diving start at 6 p.m. tomorrow night.