UConn Sweeps Men’s Swimming Events on 3rd Day of Rutgers Invite

by Spencer Penland 0

December 07th, 2019 College, News, Previews & Recaps


The 3rd day of compeition at Rutgers featured the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, and 100 back. UConn swept the men’s swimming events on the day, led by Will Kearsey again. After posting stellar times on the 2nd day of the meet, Kearsey came back to swim a 47.06 in finals of the men’s 100 back. Kearsey took .24 seconds off his lifetime best with that swim, marking his 2nd PR of the meet. He also led the winning UConn men’s 200 medley relay off in 22.03.

UConn freshman Gavin Moak won the men’s 400 IM after battling with fellow UConn freshman McAllistar Milne. Moak jumped out to an early lead, flipping at the halfway mark in 1:51.13 to Milne’s 1:55.74. Milne made a big move on breaststroke, splitting 1:07.91 to Moak’s 1:11.29. Moak finished with a final time of 3:56.11, Milne 3:56.92. Also winning men’s events for UConn were Cooper Knapp in the 100 fly (49.09), Emils Jurcik in the 200 free (1:37.64), and Rowan King in the 100 breast (55.37).

Rutgers’ Sofia Chichaikina continued to build on her strong start to the meet, roaring to victory in the women’s 200 free with a 1:47.62. Chichaikina won the race by 2 seconds with that swim, coming home in a quick 54.82 on the back 100. Rutgers picked up a win in the event before that, when Kasja Dymek swam a 55.02 to win the women’s 100 fly.

Helen Wojdylo of Columbia won the women’s 100 breast by over a second, touching the wall in 1:01.48. Wojdylo was the only swimmer in the field to break the 1:02 mark, and she did so in both prelims and finals. Columbia also won the women’s 400 IM, where Karen Liu clocked a 4:17.81 to touch the wall first  by over 6 seconds.

UConn’s Georgia Apostolu took the women’s 100 back with a 54.99, holding off teammate Gabby Low (55.04) to win. Columbia swept the diving evemts, with Brighida Rosendahl winning women’s 3 meter with a score of 274.00, and Ben Blizard taking the men’s 1 meter with a 272.60.

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