Feb. 26, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - University of Connecticut junior swimmer Chinyere Pigot (Miami, Fla.) and sophomore diver Taryn Urbanus (Quincy, Mass.) have been named to the American Athletic All-Conference Team as announced by the league Wednesday morning.
Pigot earned All-Conference honors after a great week at the inaugural American Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships, which were held last week at the Ralph Wright Natatorium in Louisville, Ky. She won the 50-yard freestyle final and set a new school record after swimming the event in 22.81. Pigot also placed in the 100-yard freestyle, coming in third with a time of 49.43 behind Louisville’s Kelsi Worrell (48.47) and Cincinnati’s Jacqueline Keire (48.92).
“The transition to the new conference has brought together six elite swimming and diving teams, and to be part of the All-Conference team is a great measure of our successful season,” UConn swimming coach Bob Goldberg said. “Our staff is proud of what these athletes have accomplished throughout the season.”
Urbanus was also an individual champion at the conference meet, as she came from behind to capture first place in the 3-meter final on the first day of the championships. She trailed Louisville’s Natasha Burgess following the preliminaries but made her final dives count, finishing with a final score of 313.55 to top Burgess.
In the 1-meter final, Urbanus earned third place honors after accumulating 270.90 points in the event last Thursday. Her efforts on the boards helped the Huskies finish fourth out six teams in the championships.
“Urbanus is a unique student athlete that treats her sport as a student as well as an athlete,” UConn diving coach John Bransfield said. “She is now maturing, gaining confidence and believing that she is the athlete she has worked so hard to become and it is fun to watch.”