BLACKSBURG, Va. – The UConn women’s swimming and diving team travels to Virginia Tech to compete in the Virginia Tech Invite at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center. Events will take place from Thursday, Nov. 17 until Saturday, Nov. 19 and include a deep field of teams.
On the women’s side, the Invite includes Virginia Tech, Purdue (no divers), William & Mary, Villanova, Old Dominion, Yale (Divers only), Rutgers (Divers only), James Madison (divers only) and Clemson (divers only).
“This will be a real test for the team,” said head coach Bob Goldberg. “The meet has so much depth with the quality of swim teams we are competing against, it will be a great challenge for us. We typically put our toughest meet in the middle of our season and this might be the toughest that we have had over the course of the past few seasons. This meet has the potential to be faster than what we swim in the conference meet.”
Senior Christine Pedersen (Vinterbro, Norway) has been a big factor in her backstroke events, placing inside the conference top-10 in all three events. Pedersen’s time in the 50-yard back is fifth best at 26.97. Her time at the Big Al Invitational, 57.29, in the 100 back is sixth best in The American, while her 200-yard back (2:03.47) ranks seventh best.
Junior Emma Smith has been a great addition for the Huskies this season, the transfer from LaSalle, has the seventh best conference time in the 1000-yard freestyle, swimming in 10:21.77.
The diving team has been off to a fantastic start with four divers already locking up spots in the NCAA Zones, Amanda Craig, Alli Butera, Michelle Kapulski and Monica Marcello have all qualified.
“The burden is off of their backs,” said head diving coach John Bransfield. “Now we have to focus on skill development, shaping and ensure the scores are not a flash in the pan.”
The divers will be competing at the same venue that will host the NCAA Zones on March 6-8.
“Familiarity is key for a diver,” said Bransfield. “The more time you spend at a venue, the more comfortable you become and that will only help our guys as they move forward.”