Dec. 9, 2009
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut mens's and women's swimming and diving teams are well represented in several events after their performance at the Terrapin Cup last month in both the BIG EAST Conference top times listing as well as the national top times list from the NCAA.
Junior Alex Davidson (Pointe-Claire, Que.) has a time of 1:46.22 in the 200-yard backstroke to lead the BIG EAST Conference by two seconds and is ranked eighth in the country. He is also second in the conference in the 100-yard backstroke and 16th in the NCAA at 48.78, as well as being a key part of UConn relays.
Freshman Jordan Bowen (Lake Elmo, Minn.) of the women's team is first in the conference in the 500-yard freestyle and 30th in the NCAA with a 4:49.04 for a school record and a NCAA 'B' cut time.
Notable NCAA top 100 times for the men include freshman Jeremy Ramshaw (Mississauga, Ont.), freshman Kyungsoo Yoon (Toronto, Ont.), senior John Hogan (Walkersville, Md.) and sophomore Matt Connor (Venetia, Pa.), as well as the UConn relays highlighted by their 15th place ranking in the 400-yard medley relay at 3:20.50.
For the women, sophomore Caitlin Gallagher (Lawrence, Kansas) continues her remarkable career with top 50 rankings in the 400-yard individual medley and 200-yard breaststroke. Freshman Mary DeMarrais (Bernardsville, N.J.) joins Bowen with top 100 times in the 400-yard individual medley and 200-yard butterfly. The women's 800-yard freestyle relay ranks an impressive 32nd in the country at 7:31.24 featuring four freshmen in Nicole Frost (Norco, Calif.), Kate Dobler (Pittsford, N.Y.), DeMarrais and Bowen.
Top BIG EAST Conference rankings for men and women include: 50-yard freestyle: Michelle Ling, ninth at 23.54; Kyungsoo Yoon, sixth at 20.71. 100-yard freestyle: Yoon, fifth at 45.17; Jon Wong , seventh at 46.18. 200-yard freestyle: Bowen, fourth at 1:50.38; Nick Majtenyi, tenth at 1:41.63. 500-yard freestyle: Bowen, first at 4:49.04; Dobler sixtth at 4:55.41; DeMarrais, ninth at 4:56.15; Hogan fourh at 4:32.72. 1650-yard freestyle: Bowen 2nd , 16:51.39; Nick Majtenyi, seventh at 16:05.66. 100-yard backstroke: Kim Fleming, seventh at 57.06; Davidson, second at 48.78 20. 200-yarrd backstroke: Davidson, first at 1:46.22; Jeremy Ramshaw third at 1:48.74. 100-yard breaststroke: Gallagher, fourth at 1:03.43; Anna Drinka, seventh at 1:04.01 200-yard breaststroke: Gallagher, fourth at 2:16.23; Sobek, fourth at 2:03.26. 100-yard butterfly: Hogan, fifth at 50.23; Yoon, seventh at 50.67. 200-yard butterfly: DeMarrais, third at 2:03.08; Chelsea Peitz, fifth at 2:04.24; Hogan, eighth at 1:51.97. 200-yard IM: Gallagher, sixth at 2:03.58; Ramshaw, seventh at 1:52.17. 400-yard IM: Gallagher, second at 4:19.79, Matt Connor, seventh at 4:03.60.
UConn's relays are also very impressive on several rankings including Conference times: 200-yard free relay: women third at 1:35.44 and men third at 1:23.43; 400-yard freestyle: women fifth at 3:29.68 and men secnd at 3:02.19; 800-yard freestyle: women second at 7:31.24 (all freshman) and men second at 6:54.79; 200-yard medley relay: women fourth at 1:45.54 and men second at 1:31.03 400; Medley relay: women third at 4:49.51 and men second at 3:20.50.
The men's ranking at second in four of the five contested relays and third in the fifth is the best UConn has consistently ranked.
Impressive performances also came from UConn swimmers at the Canada Cup in Toronto over the Thanksgiving holiday. Davidson continued to impress with national fourth place finishes in both the 200-yard backstroke at 1:59.19 and 50-yard backstroke at 25.66. Sophomore Nick Majtenyi (Catherines, Ont.) swam well also finishing 12th in the 800-yard freestyle at 8:34.79 and 30th in the 400-yard freestyle at 4:04.33. All times from this meet are short course meters.
The men's and women's swimming and diving teams are off from competition for final exams until their training trips in January. The swimmers will head to Florida while the divers go to California.