Junior swimmer Chinyere Pigot set a school record (22.81) in the 50-yard freestyle at last week's conference meet.
March 1, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - University of Connecticut junior swimmer Chinyere Pigot (Miami, Fla.) is set to compete in the Last Chance Meet at Ohio State on Sunday in an attempt to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the 50-yard freestyle this spring.
Pigot, who won the 50-yard freestyle final last week at the American Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships with a time of school-record time of 22.81, needs to swim the event in 21.99 seconds or less to achieve the A Standard and earn a trip to the NCAA Championships, which take place March 20-22 at the Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. The B Standard is 22.99, and swimmers that qualify for that mark still have a chance to participate in the NCAAs.
The All-Conference swimmer has improved every year since coming to UConn in 2011. She was named the team Freshman of the Year in her first season with the Huskies, and last year she earned All-Big East Honors and qualified for the Big East Championship in the 50-yard free style, 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly.
“It is exciting that Chinyere is so close to the NCAA Standard and has another chance at it,” UConn swimming coach Bob Goldberg said.
The Last Chance Meet, which will run all day at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, gives swimmers one more opportunity to qualify individually for the NCAA Championships.