New Haven, Conn.-The University of Bridgeport swimming teams continued their strong start to the home stretch of their 2016-17 seasons on Friday, as the UB teams swept a dual meet at Southern Connecticut State University. The Bridgeport women topped the Owls, 147-137, and the UB men prevailed by a score of 166.5-119.5.
Highlighting the action on Friday were a trio of three-event individual winners for Bridgeport. On the men's side, sophomore Wilmar Du Plessis (Bloemfontein, South Africa) won the 100-yard Backstroke (52.47), the 50-yard Freestyle (22.30) and the 200-yard Back (1:58.54). For the UB women, newcomer, sophomore Oksana Marchuk (Mlyniv, Ukraine) set a school record in the 200-yard Freestyle and turned in an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:47.91, plus she won 100-yard Butterfly (56.32) and the 200-yard IM (2:06.94). Junior Annagrazia Bonsanti (Caracas, Venezuela) grabbed top honors in the 1650-yard Freestyle (17:13.15), the 200-yard Butterfly (2:10.79) and the 500-yard Free (5:13.14).
Double individual events for the UB men were freshmen Erik Hren (Maribor, Slovenia) in the 200-yard Freestyle (1:42.58) and the 100-yard Free (47.45) plus Leonard Posa (Zrenjanin, Serbia) in the 100-yard Breaststroke (1:00.43) and the 200-yard Breaststroke (2:15.92).
Graduate student Jera Majeric (Prevalje, Slovenia) was double winner taking first place in the women's 100-yard Backstroke (59.65) and 200-yard Back (2:09.72).
Also winning individual events for the Bridgeport men on Friday were junior Brian Kelly (Mahwah, N.J.) in the 1650-yard Freestyle (15:55.58), senior Ivan Sangines (Barcelona, Spain) in the 500-yard Freestyle and senior Didac Matsuyama (Barcelona, Spain) in the 200-yard IM (1:58.96).
Solo individual event winners for the Purple Knights' women were junior Victoria Tornelli (Sao Paulo, Brazil) in the 100-yard Breaststroke (1:08.91) and sophomore Nina Stegu (Ljublijana, Slovenia) in the 100-yard Freestyle (53.99).
The UB women's team will be back in action at home tomorrow, Saturday, January 28 when they host a dual meet with Assumption College in the Wheeler Recreation Center at 1:00 p.m. Prior to the meet, seniors from the University of Bridgeport swimming programs will be honored.