Only One Swimmer Represents UConn in NCAA Swimming, Diving Championships

This weekend Taryn Urbanus of the UConn swimming and diving team competed in the 2015 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. Urbanus was the lone representative from the school at the meet after qualifying through the zone championships.

The junior was the first UConn diver to compete in the NCAA championships since 2013. The Massachusetts native qualified in both the 1 and 3-meter dives.

On day one of the competition Urbanus competed in the preliminaries of the 1-meter event. The junior totaled a score of 279.70, which was good for 30th place in the field. The score was not good enough to qualify her for the event finals. University of Arizona’s Samantha Pickens earned a top score of 330.05 in the preliminary round.

Urbanus was back in action on day two of the competition to compete in the 3-meter event. The junior finished the preliminaries in 37th place with a score of 281.90. Despite her best efforts the point total once again was not enough to get her into the finals of the event. UCLA’s Maria Polyakova nabbed the top spot in the preliminaries with a score of 380.60.

This weekend concludes a highly successful breakout season for Urbanus, that included being named Conference Female Diver of the Week on Jan.27 and winning the 3-meter final at the American Athletic Conference Championships.

“It has been a joy to witness her maturation as a competitor,” UConn diving coach John Bransfield said.

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