NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Both the men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams defeated Southern Connecticut State University in a dual meet on the campus of SCSU in New Haven, Conn. The women’s team won 158-126 while the men’s squad took the 153-123 victory.
“I am pleased with the overall performance tonight,” head coach Chris Maiello said. “The team had an opportunity to swim some off events and the team did really well. It’s important for our athletes to have a diverse program and we definitely did that tonight.”
Sophomore Will Kearsey swam another outstanding meet on Friday, taking top honors at the 100 Back with a time of 49.20. The time marked a pool record for the Wheathampstead, England native.
“The dual meet season for us is all about trying to put our athletes in a position to grow, and I think they did that tonight. It was fun to watch Kyle Kimura and Markus Hunter get three individual wins, it was also good to see Will swim fast in the 100 back. Setting a pool record in a pool that has been around for years is a quite an accomplishment. I know he is not in peak form yet, but hopefully that is coming soon.”
Hunter turned in another outstanding performance in the 100 Breast with a time of 57.88, topping second place by over two seconds. He also won the 200 Breast (2:06.29) and was part of the winning 200 Medley Relay team that included Kearsey Kimura and Kyle Dunlap. Kimura, a senior from Tampa, Fla. won the 200 Butterfly (1:55.56) and the 100 Free (47.23) while Dunlap, a freshman from St. Charles, Ill. beat all comers in the 50 Free with a time of 21.94.
“On the women’s side, Julie Hu continues to lead the team in the breaststroke events with another two victories tonight, Maiello continued. “She is off to a great start this season. Brazil Rule also had a standout night tonight, winning both sprints. It’s been great to watch her evolve into a top sprinter for our team during this early part of the season.”
Hu, a junior from Wilton, N.C., won the 100 Breast (1:08.47) and the 200 Breast (2:26.07). Rule, a sophomore from Crozet, Va., was the top finisher in the 50 Free (24.58) and the 100 Free (53.34).
“Continuing on the women’s side, sophomore Sona Pinela contributed with a win of her own. It’s just a lot of fun watching these athletes grow in front our eyes.
Pinela won the 200 Butterfly with a time of 2:06.25.
“The team is really looking forward to the next few meets. We will continue to work on our weaknesses in hopes of making an impact at the conference level in February.”
The Huskies also performed well in the diving portion of the competition as freshman Erin Clifford won the 3-Meter and 1-Meter competitions. Sophomore Kyle Kennedy took first in the 1-Meter and freshman Torrington Wagner won the 3-Meter event.
The Huskies are back in action on Friday, November 10 when the men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams play host to Army at 5 p.m. All action takes place at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium in Storrs.
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