STORRS, Conn. – The women’s swimming and diving team returns to competition after a week off over Thanksgiving break. The Huskies host Yale and Boston University at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. The meet will be the last competition before the New Year.
The team’s latest meet came at Virginia Tech against a loaded 10-team lineup. The Huskies finished the three-day event in fifth-place.
Collectively, against a stacked field, the diving team had a strong meet. Senior Alexandra Butera was victorious in the 3-meter event, scoring a 309.95. Butera continued her success in the 1-meter, taking fourth-place overall. Monica Marcello was right on the heels of her teammate, taking fifth in the 1-meter.
“This is a tough time of year for us,” said head diving coach John Bransfield. “We put in 10 great weeks of work and then the academic calendar hurts us a bit with the week off. The kids weren’t entirely off, went back to their respective clubs but it isn’t quite the same focus and work that we put in here.”
Senior Christine Pedersen (Vinterbro, Norway) nearly reached a NCAA B qualifying time in the 200-yard backstroke. Pedersen touched the wall in 2:00.13, placing 7th overall in the A-Final, the senior needed a 1:59.19 in order to qualify. Pedersen also put forth a great effort in the 100-yard backstroke, taking 12th overall.
Emma Smith continued her success in the long distance events, earning spots in the A-Final in the 400-yard freestyle and 1650-yard free, securing sixth-place in both competitions.
Senior co-captains Margot Manning and Sophie Nothnagle (Victor, N.Y.) highlighted the weekend for the Huskies. Nothnagle made her return from injury, swimming to 21st place in the 100-yard butterfly and 17th in the 200-yard butterfly.
Manning was a key performer in the relay events for the Huskies but also took 17th in the 100-yard freestyle. In the relays, Manning had her hand in the 400-yard freestyle (seventh) 400-yard medley (12th), 800-yard freestyle (7th) outcomes.
“This will be a very tough meet for us,” said head coach Bob Goldberg. “Last of five straight meets for us. We have been dealing with injuries and sickness, so hopefully the break will allow us to mend and recover. But first we have a tough meet on our hands with Yale and BU, it should be an outstanding contest on Saturday.”