Huskies lose to Dartmouth, fall to .500
Published: Monday, February 4, 2013
Updated: Monday, February 4, 2013 22:02
The UConn men’s swimming and diving team fell to Dartmouth on Saturday in a series of close races, with a score of 182-113. This loss leaves their dual meet record at 3-3.
The Huskies traveled to New Hampshire on Saturday to face Dartmouth, an historically a tough opponent and the teams were evenly matched. This resulted in the team being out-touched by their opponents, sometimes by less than a second, in several races. Before the meet, head coach Bob Goldberg had warned that the men would have to win these close races “since the disparity [between first and second place] is so much.” This proved to be an important factor in Saturday’s loss.
Freshman Diguan Pigot was a prime example, swimming hard in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 56.89 seconds and the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 51.14 seconds, but falling just short of first place. In both of these races, Pigot missed the top spot by less than five-tenths of a second.
The Huskies did have some success, snagging the first three spots in the 400-yard freestyle relay, including the winning team of Keith Piper, Sean Battle, Diguan Pigot and Kyungsoo Yoon coming in at 3:06.09. The second and third place teams finished in 3:16.82 and 3:30.09, respectively. This impressive performance, however, was not enough to raise UConn’s score over that of Dartmouth.
In addition to helping his relay team grab first place, Kyungsoo Yoon continued his successful day, narrowly winning the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.81 seconds and the 100-yard freestyle in 46.45 seconds. In both of these races, Yoon defeated the second place finisher by fewer than two seconds, exemplifying the competitive nature of Saturday’s meet.
On the diving side, Grant Fecteau took second in the three-meter and first in the one-meter with a score of 299.47. Dartmouth took all other points in those events.
The Huskies will face their next opponent, Colgate, in Hamilton, N.Y. next Saturday at 1 p.m.