Montesi Sets Multiple Pool Records in Villanova Win vs. UConn; UConn Men Win


  • Jan. 25, 2020
  • Hosted by Villanova
  • Short Course Yards
  • Full Results



  1. Villanova 179
  2. UConn 119


  1. UConn 205
  2. Villanova 95


PHILADELPHIA. – The UConn men’s swimming and diving team set three pool records at Villanova on Saturday afternoon en route to a 205-95 victory.

With no rest, after a Senior Day meet last weekend in Storrs, Copper Knapp (100 Fly) Will Kearsey (100 Back) and North Hansen (1650 Free) willed their way to record-setting performances.

“Overall it was a another meet where we raced hard and come through with some solid times at this time of year,” said head coach Chris Maiello. “Swimming the 1650 and 400 IM in the same program definitely challenged our team. The men’s meet was fun to watch as we broke three pool records. All three swims were really good for this time of year and they are setting themselves up for a great championship season.”

Hansen secured the first pool record with a 15:46.18 mark in the 1650 Free capturing a first place finish by nearly 40 seconds over second place.

Kearsey scored his pool record in the 100 Backstroke with a time of 48.80 while Knapp raced to a clip of 48.87 in his record-setting performance in the 100 Butterfly.

The seniors added to their pool records with Knapp winning the 200 Fly and Kearsey taking the 50 Free.

Josh Wroblewski, (200 Free & 500 Free) and Rowan King (100 Breast & 200 Breast) each secured multiple triumphs on Saturday while Kyle Dunlap collected a win in the 100 Free

The relay team of Kearsey, King, Knapp and Dunlap notched a first place finish in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:31.00. Emils Jurcik, Josh Bryant, Dunlap and Jack Muratori swam an impressive 1:24.43 to win the 200 Free relay.

UConn is back in action at the Husky Invite on Saturday, February 1


VILLANOVA, Pa. – The Wildcats hosted Connecticut on Jan. 25 for what would be the last home meet of the month. Coming off of a win at Richmond the night before, Villanova’s women’s team tamed the Huskies, 179-119. On the men’s side, Connecticut was victorious, 205-95.

It was a monumental day for Kelly Montesi, who set new pool records in the 200 backstroke and 100 butterfly. Montesi went 2:00.28 and 55.41 in the events, respectively. She also took first place in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:01.41. However, she was not the only one setting new marks as the 200-medley relay team consisting of Montesi, Rayann JaryszakMicaela Grassi and Perri Stahl set the pool record with a time of 1:43.11.

Nicole Welch again took the top spot in the distance events, winning the 1,650 freestyle (17:21.35) and the 500 freestyle (5:04.15). Emily Provenzo was second in the 1,650 with a time of 17:22.35. Milly Routledge touched first in three events, going 1:49.68 in the 200 freestyle, 23.52 in the 50 freestyle and 50.90 in the 100 freestyle. Kaitlin Gravell won the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:19.41 and also took first in the 400 IM in 4:23.20. She swam 1:05.66 in the 100 breaststroke, taking third.

Grace Wielar won the 100 backstroke in 57.31. She also took second in the 200 back with a time of 2:04.11. Stahl claimed second in the 50 freestyle (24.18), while Jaryszak was second in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:05.43.

Abbey Berloco had a pair of third-place finishes, swimming 1:54.29 in the 200 freestyle and 52.60 in the 100 freestyle. Tarryn Els was third in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:05.44, while Grassi was third in the 100 butterfly with a time of 56.37.

For the men, Justin Cucchi earned two first-place finishes, swimming 1:48.67 in the 200 backstroke and 4:02.27 in the 400 IM. He also registered a time of 1:41.28 in the 200 freestyle. Michael Perra also had a top finish, scoring 323.02 in the 3 mtr dive. Michael Ackert was second in the event, scoring 295.43.

Villanova took second in the 200-medley relay with a time of 1:33.70. Andrew Kelley was second in the 100 backstroke with a time of 50.91, while Kevin Geist was second in the 100 butterfly in 51.31.

Noah Chernik was third in the 1650 freestyle, completing the event in 16:31.43. Jake McIntyre finished the 500 freestyle in 4:44.79, good enough for third. Francis Prikasky took third in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:11.62, while Stephen Krecsmar was third in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:41.87. The 200 freestyle relay team took third with a time of 1:26.90.

The Wildcats will be back in action on Jan. 30 when they head to West Virginia for a 2:00 p.m. meet.


PHILADELPHIA – The UConn women’s swimming and diving team lost at Villanova 179-119 on Saturday afternoon.

“Overall it was a another meet where we raced hard and come through with some solid times at this time of year,” said head coach Chris Maiello. “Swimming the 1650 and 400 IM in the same program definitely challenged our team. Give credit to Villanova, they swam great today and deserved the win on the women’s side.”

With no rest, after swimming last weekend on Senior Day, the Huskies willed their way to a few season-best times. Katelyn Walsh took first place in the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:04.73.

Mia Galat earned a season-best time of 5:05.56 to take third place in the 500 Free behind teammate Ryan Dulaney (2nd, 5:05.28).

Junior Erin Clifford shined on the boards by winning the 3M (273.90) event and taking silver in the 1M (262.05).

Anna Mecca garnered a season-best race in the 200 Breaststroke by swimming the event in 2:24.46.

The Huskies return to action next week at the Husky Invite on Saturday, February 1.

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