STORRS, CT (April 29) - University of Connecticut head swimming and diving coach Bob Goldberg has announced that seniors Bobby Folan (Red Hill, Australia), Bill Monaghan (New Fairfield, CT) and Connor Murphy (Staten Island, NY) will serve as the mens team captains for the 2004-05 season while seniors Kydani Dover (Jamaica Plain, MA) and Cassie Novak (Cheshire, CT) will serve in the capacity on the womens side.
Folan was recently named UConns delegate to the annual NCAA Leadership Conference. In the pool, he is the teams top performer in the backstroke, qualifying for the BIG EAST Championships in both the 100 and 200 yard events. He also reached the conference meet standard swimming the 200 individual medley. Monaghan posted UConns top time in 2004 in the 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle and the 200 butterfly, all BIG EAST qualifiers, while competing at the conference meet in all three freestyle relays. Murphy is the teams top returning sprinter, with the graduation of Dustin Rogers, and an invaluable contributor to UConns various record setting relay teams.
Dover was a part of four different relays that set school records during this past winters BIG EAST Championship while also qualifying for the conference showcase in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle sprints. Novak joined Dover on the school record setting 800 freestyle relay team. She qualified for the BIG EAST Championships in the 200 and 500 freestyle, along with the 200 backstroke.
The incoming captains will hope to record success comparable to the 2003-04 season which saw historic accomplishments for both genders. The mens teams season was highlighted by a fourth place finish in December at the U.S. Open in Seattle, the best finish in school history. The womens team saw freshman Jacquelyn Craft become the first Husky to ever score points at the NCAA Championship as her 12th place finish in the 200 breaststroke earned her honorable mention All-America honors, a UConn first.
The 2004-05 dual meet season begins in October.