Hannah Perna has been named a team captain as a senior after walking onto the team her freshman year.
April 30, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – Two senior swimmers have been named as team captains for the 2014-15 UConn women’s swimming and diving team as announced by Connecticut swimming coach Bob Goldberg this week.
Hannah Perna (Hillsborough, N.J.) and Katy Munzenmaier (Lake George, N.Y.) were tabbed as captains for a Connecticut team that had a successful year in its first season in the American Athletic Conference. UConn went 4-2 in dual meets last year and two Huskies earned All-Conference honors this past February.
Perna, who competes in distance freestyle events, has shown great leadership in and out of the pool throughout her time in Storrs. She was named to the 2011-12 Big East All-Academic Team as a freshman, and she won the 1000-yard freestyle event in Connecticut’s meet against Colgate last season.
Munzenmaier qualified for the Big East Championships her freshman season, and she also earned Conference All-Academic Honors in her first year with the Huskies. She won the John Squires Most Improved Swimmer Award at UConn’s Team Banquet earlier this month after a great junior season, which included a fifth-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay at the inaugural American Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships.
“Our women’s captains have been true surprises for UConn and they are a real success story,” Goldberg said. “Both were walk-ons to the program as freshman, and they have become critical swimmers for Connecticut. Perna has been one of our most consistent milers in her first three years and Munzenmaier has been the proverbial jack of all trades for the Huskies.”
Both captains have settled into leadership roles during their career, and Goldberg says they will continue to set an example for all their teammates next season.
“All of the captains for next year represent what UConn is about,” Goldberg said. “They are top flight students and they are active as leaders in the team study groups and as part of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council. They have all excelled greatly so far in their career.”
UConn’s schedule for next season is set to be released later this spring as the Huskies will look for even more success in their second year in the American Athletic Conference.