INDIANAPOLIS – Three Huskies secured NCAA “B” Standard times en route to the Huskies winning both the men’s and women’s 2017 House of Champions. The men's team scored 1,480 points and the women won with 1784 points
Karl Bishop highlighted a UConn sweep of the 1650 Free by swimming an NCAA “B” Standard time of 15:27.52. Emma Smith took first place on the women’s side with a time of 16.42.63. It was the third win of the weekend for Smith (500 Free, 400 IM).
Will Kearsey earned an NCAA “B” Standard time in the 200 Back, racing in 1:44.94 while teammate Mark Hunter notched an NCAA “B” time of 1:58.23 in the 200 Breast.
“Looking at this meet from the time line of the season, it fit in perfectly. The team was ready to race at a high level, they performed to the best of their ability and it was a great moment for our growing program, said head swimming coach Chris Maiello. “A lot of credit goes to the student-athletes who prepared thoroughly and executed a great weekend of racing.”
“The momentum on our team is strengthening, the coaches can feel it, and the athletes are having a lot of fun. The team knows we are not done and we will continue to improve. This team is fun to be around.”
“Winning a mid-season invite is never easy, so when it happens we enjoy it. We are looking forward to getting back to work this week,” said Maiello.
UConn placed two swimmers at the top of the 200 Back standings with Annika Grewal (2:00.15) and Georgia Apostulo (2:00.82) grabbing first and second respectively.
Junior Julie Hu set a new season-best mark in the 200 Breast by swimming 2:19.09 and finishing in second in the event.
The UConn diving team rounded out their competition in the Frank Elm Invitational with the platform events. Freshman Torrington Wagner (Farmington, Conn.) competed in his first platform event for the Huskies and finished in fifth place with a score of 186.40.
UConn returns to competition after Thanksgiving Break on Saturday, December 2 at 1:30 p.m. in a dual meet at Boston University.