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Huskies Head To Indianapolis For BIG EAST Championship This Weekend

Feb. 27, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (February 17, 2009) - The University of Connecticut men's and women's swimming and diving teams will take part in the 2009 BIG EAST Conference championships which take place this weekend -- starting on Wednesday, February 18 and run through Saturday, February 21.

This event will take place at the IU Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI -- a first in BIG EAST history. The past 10 championships were held at East Meadow, N.Y., in the Nassau County Aquatic Center.

"Depth and consistency will be a key for us this weekend as we hope to challenge for a top three spot in both team standings," says UConn coach Bob Goldberg. "Also, a number of our swimmers will have their eyes on NCAA-cut times to qualify for the national championship."

A number of UConn senior men's and women's performers will be looking to make an impact in their final BIG EAST Championship. On the women's side, seniors Kate DeVinney (Avondale, Ariz.) in the 200-yard butterfly, Lisa Shelps (Quakertown, Pa.) in the 200-yard IM, Danielle Sanders (Mississauga, Ont.), Kristalynn Kempton (Glen Head, N.Y.), Liza Marianni (Cherry Hill, N.J.) in diving, Erin McLaughlin (Woodbridge, Conn.) and both Audrey Prior (Lutz, Fla.) and Cassie Peterson (White Fish Bay, Wisc.) all hope to contribute to the Huskies' success.

UConn also has a number of senior men who will be looking for success in their final BIG EAST Championship -- Adrian Astiz (Rockville, Md.) in the 200-yard butterfly and 200-yard IM, John Henry Dasinger (Madison, Miss.) in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly, Frisk Driscoll (Westport, Conn.) in the 1,650-yard freestyle and the group of Nick Conrad (Olney, Md.), Ben Levine (North Granby, Conn.) and Jules Alexandre (Wallingford, Conn.) in the 1,650-yard freestyle.



Several other Huskies should also vie for outstanding performances in the event, including sophomore Alex Davidson (Pointe-Claire, Que.) in the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke, junior John Hogan (Walkersville, Md.) in the freestyle and butterfly events, junior Steve Kustra (North Huntington, Pa.) in the IM and breaststroke, sophomore Tomasz Sobek (Siemianowice Slaskie, Poland) in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke, junior Jon Wong (Toronto, Ont.) in the mid-distance, and junior Steve Ferreira (Madison, Conn.) in diving.

Davidson, Astiz and Sobek are all nationally-ranked in various events for the UConn men.

On the women's side, freshman Caitlin Gallagher (Lawrence, Kansas) is the top seed in the 400-yard IM and will also swim the 200-yard IM and the 200-yard breaststroke. Junior Molly McGroarty (Lynnwood, N.J.) will lead the way for the Huskies in the freestyle.

The entire women's breaststroke team of Kempton, Gallagher, sophomore Kate Baust (Reistertown, Md.) and freshman Anna Drinka (San Antonio, Texas) gives the Huskies some depth as does Sobek and Kustra on the men's side.

"We have had a great dual meet season and have been strong in events like the Terrapin Cup, the U.S. Short Course National Championship and our own Husky Invitational," says Goldberg. "We look to continue that this wekeend."

BIG EAST Web Coverage/Live Streaming

The BIG EAST Conference will be expanding its Web site coverage and streaming production of the 2009 Swimming & Diving Championships. For the first time, a live play-by-play announcer and multiple cameras (including an underwater camera) will be available to help bring users even closer to the action than ever before.

Fans can subscribe to for one low price to catch all of the action from the comfort of their home computer. There are flexible subscription options available:

  • Purchase a Swimming & Diving sport-specific package for a one-time price of $9.95. This allows users full access only for the championship to which they have subscribed.

  • Gain an all-access pass to all premium content (all sports) for 30 days with a recurring monthly subscription of $9.95/month.

  • Get the best value by subscribing to an annual subscription, which gives fans access to all content for the entire 2008-09 season for $79.95.

    To start the seamless registration process, visit and click "sign-up".

    For all of the BIG EAST's coverage of the Swimming & Diving Championships, visit the 2009 Championship Central page at Championship Central will contain a live scoreboard feed and results, photo galleries, recaps and will house all video archives.