Huskymania

By Ken Best

Tracking Huskymania on and off the field.

Track and Field Teams Take 8th Consecutive New England Titles

The Huskies track and field teams continued their dominance at the New England Championships in Boston over the weekend as both the men’s and women’s teams took first place honors for the eighth consecutive year.

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The men’s track and field team claimed three individual titles and a first place finish from the 4×800 meter relay team. UConn finished with 164.50 points a total of 67 points over second place Rhode Island.

Selwyn Maxwell ’15 (CLAS)  won the 60m hurdle finals with a personal best of 7.87 seconds.

In the 500m race,Kyle Twombly ’14 (CLAS) finished in first with a personal best time of 1:03.25; his previous best was 1:03.95.

UConn finished the day by taking first place in the 4x800m relay with a time of 7:33.83. Philip Adams ’15 (CLAS), James Agati ’15 (CLAS), and Alexander Levine ’15 (CLAS), along with freshman Nicholas O’Leary ’16 (CLAS) made up the team.

The Huskies men return to Boston this weekend for the IC4A Championship.

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The No.23 UConn women’s track and field team registered 149.33 points, more than 95 points better than second place Providence, which finished with 54 points. The Huskies win included eight first place finishes and a first place team finish in the 4x400m relay.

In the afternoon’s first event, Victoria Flowers ’13 (ED) took home a first place finish in the women’s shot put with a distance of 15.90m.

In the high jump, UConn had a very strong showing. Senior Jasmine Cribb ’13 (CLAS) finished in first with a height of 1.80m.
The Huskies tallied another first place finish as junior Madalyne Smith ’14 (CLAS) finished in first in the 60m hurdle final at a time of 8.47.

The Huskies took first in both the 400 and 500-meter events. In the 400m, Celina Emerson ’14 (CLAS) won with a pace of 54.40. Ana Groff  ’13 (ENG) won the 500m with a time of 1:12.96.

Katherine Vodopia’16 (CLAS) notched another first in the 1000m final with a time of 2:15.41.

Finally, the Huskies took the 4×400 meter relay with a time of 3:42.41. Brianna Allen ’15 (CLAS) and Nyanka Joseph ’15 (CLAS), along with Tiffany Daley ’13 (BUS) and Emerson combined in the effort for Connecticut.

The Huskies will next compete on March 2 and 3 at the ECAC Championship in Boston, Mass.

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Junior midfielder Lauren Kahn was named to the Big East Honor Roll in lacrosse for her performance during the Huskies’ opening season win last week against Iona, when she tied her career high with 7 points, including four goals.

Lacrosse heads to Chestnut Hill, Mass., today to play Boston College at 4 p.m.

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Kevin Ollie ’95 (CLAS) and the men’s basketball team (19-7, 9-5 Big East) will have another challenge tonight when the No. 7 Georgetown Hoyas (21-4, 11-3) visit Gampel Pavilion for a 7 p.m. game (ESPN2, UConn IMG Sports Radio Network).

Georgetown has won nine consecutive games and sits on top of the Big East Conference following its 57-46 win over No 12 Syracuse last weekend.

Sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. leads the Hoyas in scoring with 15.9 points per game and was named Big East Player of the Week after scoring 33 point and getting 8 rebounds and 5 steals against Syracuse.  Georgetown’s freshman guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera was named the conference’s Rookie of the Week, averaging 20 points and shooting 55 percent from the field last week in breaking out from his season average of 8.4 points per game. Forward Greg Whittington and guard Markel Starks are second in scoring with 12.1 points per game.

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After a raggedy start, the women’s basketball team (26-2, 13-1 Big East) got on track as Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis ’15 (CLAS) scored 19 points and pulled down13 rebounds in leading the Huskies over Pittsburgh (9-18, 0-14) by a score of 76-36 at the XL Center on Tuesday.

Breanna Stewart ’16 (CLAS) had 15 points and 9 rebounds and Stefanie Dolson ’14 (CLAS) added 14 points and 7 rebounds. Senior Kelly Faris ’13 (CLAS) continued her all-around play with 11 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 steals.

Brianna Kiesel led Pitt with 11 points and 6 rebounds and Asia Logan had 10 points for the Panthers.

Before the game, USA Basketball recognized three current Huskies for their roles in winning gold medals as members of USA Basketball teams. Bria Hartley ’14 (CLAS) was a member of the three-on-three title team and freshmen Moriah Jefferson ’16 (CLAS), Morgan Tuck ’16 (CLAS) and Stewart and won the gold medal on the U-18 squad.

USA Basketball also honored head coach Geno Auriemma for leading the U.S. Olympic Basketball team to the goal medal in the 2012 London Games. USA Basketball also recognized associate head coach Chris Dailey ’99 MA, assistant coaches Marisa Moseley and Shea Ralph ’01 (CLAS) and film coordinator Keith Anderson for their work with the championship team that included six former Huskies as members.