Five members of the UConn men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will head to the NCAA Zone Diving Championships this week.
The meet held in Buffalo, New York on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, will host all of the region’s best divers. Representing the women’s team will be Taryn Urbanus and Alexandra Butera. The lone representative for the men’s team is junior John Brice.
Brice has had a spectacular season so far. The Bala Cynwood, Pennsylvania native has been able to finally maintain a clean bill of health after a rough couple of years. Brice was named American Athletic Conference Diver of the Week back-to-back weeks starting January 26, after strong performances in various dual meets. At the conference championships, he was able to medal in both of his events. Brice finished second in both the 1 and 3-meter dives.
“I really want to qualify for Nationals at the zone meet,” Brice said.
This year there will be more spots available to make it to Nationals. Instead of the top three diver’s qualifying, now the top seven in the zone will be able to move on to the prestigious meet.
Urbanus will look to continue her amazing season in Buffalo. The junior was named to the All-Conference Team for the second straight year following her strong performance at the conference championships. The diver posted the top score in the 1-meter and finished third in the finals of the 3-meter. Urbanus was also dominant throughout the dual meet schedule sweeping both diving events twice this season.
Butera is one of the least experienced representatives for the Huskies. The Havertown, Pennsylvania native was named conference’s Swimmer of the Week once this season for the first time in her career after a strong performance against Dartmouth. Butera was able to continue her strong season by finishing fifth in the 3-meter final at the American Championship meet.
The ultimate goal for all of the divers is to make it to Nationals. If they finish in the top 16 in their events, they will earn one the most prestigious awards a college athlete can achieve: being named an All-American.