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UConn Ready to Participate in Wesleyan Invite

Freshmen Sona Pinela competed well in the 200-fly (2:07.7) last Saturday
Nov. 3, 2016

Middletown, Conn. – The UConn women’s swimming and diving team heads out for its first road meet of the season as they travel in-state to Wesleyan University to compete in the Wesleyan Invite on Saturday Nov. 5 beginning at 1 p.m..

The Huskies are coming off a home-meet against Brown last weekend that was unscored due to Ivy League rules. Despite this, times were recorded and factored into NCAA qualifying and records

The Huskies fared well in the meet with Emma Smith (Nepean, Ont.) performing extremely well in the 500 (5:02.90) and 1000-yard (10:21.77) freestyle events.

Senior Margot Manning recorded quality times in two events, the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard free. In the 100-yard freestyle Manning bested her time from two weeks ago, swimming to a 52:93 clip. In the 200-yard event Manning recorded a 1:53.64.

Freshmen Sona Pinela 200 Fly (2:07.7), Christine Pedersen 200-yard backstroke, and Julie Hu, 100-yard breaststroke (1:05.72) each swam well in their respective events.



Head coach Bob Goldberg looks forward to seeing swimmers compete in multiple events.

“This meet is a chance for swimmers to swim in several different events,” said Goldberg. “It is an opportunity to get times in those secondary races and weather the storm of swimming in those events

On the diving side, Alli Butera scored a 319.28 in the 3-meter diving event, a score that qualifies Butera for the NCAA Zone Champiosnhips. Butera joins teammates Michelle Kapulski and Monica Marcello as NCAA qualifiers.

Head diving coach John Bransfield sees Saturday as a great meet to prepare the team for future success.

“This is our first away challenge of the season and I think going into another facility will be a challenge in itself,” said Bransfield. “There are going to be multiple teams along with us so it will be a great preparation for future meets when you have to stand in line and wait to compete. Being able to deal with the format and the setting will be a great benefit to the team.”