PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Nine members of the University of Connecticut women's swimming and diving team have earned American Athletic All-Conference honors, as announced by the league on Thursday night. The Huskies wrapped up competition at the conference meet on Saturday, finishing second out of six teams.
UConn junior Taryn Urbanus (Quincy, Mass.) marked the one Husky diver to be named to the All-Conference Team, as she earned the accolade for the second straight season. The Connecticut standout posted the top score in the B-Final (280.25) in the 1-meter this year, and she placed third in the finals of the 3-meter after totaling a score of 314.20.
Katy Munzenmaier (Lake George, N.Y.) and Chinyere Pigot (Miami, Fla.) highlighted the group of UConn senior swimmers to take home All-Conference honors. Munzenmaier, who set a school record in her lead-off in last week's 800-yard freestyle relay final, finished second in the 200-yard freestyle final and the 500-yard freestyle final. Pigot was part of the UConn 400-yard freestyle team that finished second, and she placed third in the 50-yard freestyle event after swimming it in 22.89 seconds.
Six Connecticut sophomores, Jaimie Lynn Brookover (Cherry Hill, N.J.), Jordan Drake (Marietta, Ga.), Margot Manning (Frederick, Md.), Sophie Nothangle (Victor, N.Y.), Tara O'Prey (Ridley Park, Pa.) and Christine Pedersen (Vinterbro, Norway) rounded out the remainder of the Huskies to be named to the All-Conference Team. Brookover swam to a second-place finish (54.78) in the 100-yard backstroke and she was fifth (2:00.44) in the 200-yard backstroke final.
Drake earned the nod on the All-Conference team after helping the UConn 200-yard freestyle relay place third in the race after finishing with a time of 1:33.31. Manning also helped the Huskies produce a strong finish in another relay event, as she teamed up with Pigot and two other swimmers to place second in the 400-yard freestyle.
Nothnagle continued her strong sophomore campaign for the Huskies, as she finished second (1:58.99) in the 200-yard butterfly final and earned a fourth-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly after posting a time of 55.19 seconds. O'Prey grabbed All-Conference honors after helping the Huskies earn their third-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Pedersen was named to the All-Conference team for her performance in the 200-yard backstroke final. She finished third in the finals of the event with a time of 1:58.98. UConn returns to action with the NCAA Zone Diving Championships next month (March 9-11). The NCAA Swimming Championships take place March 19-21.
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