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Utah Swimming and Diving Sweep ASU Sun Devils

Kersten Merry took first in 3-meter dives

Kersten Merry took first in 3-meter dives

Jan. 5, 2014

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SALT LAKE CITY- Utah swimming and diving swept Arizona State with the men winning 191-105 and the women winning 159-137.

"It's great to come out of here with a win, on both sides, against Arizona State," Utah head coach Joe Dkystra said.  "It's a very good ASU team, especially the women's side. Their women's team is extremely good. We feel good about the win, defending our home pool. I was a little displeased that we were making a lot of technical mistakes. I know we are very tired from a brutal week of training but we made too many mistakes. We came away with a win but we need to be a lot better than we were today."

Stina Colleou, Petra Soininen and Traycie Swartz each won a pair of races for the Utes for the women. Colleou took the top spot in the 100 (1:04.43) and 200 breast (2:18.27). Soininen won the 100 (56.12) and 200 fly (2:02.95) and Swartz was first in the 50 (23.72) and 100 free races (51.74).

For the men, Kristian Kron led the way with three victories - 100 back (50.17), 200 back (1:50.13) and 200 IM (1:51.91). Nick Soedel won the 50 free (20.15) and 100 free (43.98). Bence Kiraly won the 200 free (1:40.00) and 500 free (4:40.51) while finishing second in the 200 fly (1:49.27).

Brianna Francis was first in a close 200 IM (2:07.07), winning over ASU's Melanie Bush (2:07.56), with a second-place finish in the 200 breast (2:21.55) and a third-place spot in the 100 breast (1:05.33). 

Sami Zuch finished second in the 500 free (5:02.45) and was third in the 1,000 free (10:21.94). Amanda Barrett was third in the 200 back (2:02.72) and fourth in the 200 free (1:54.21). Giulianna Gigliotti was second in the 50 free (24.45) and Nicole Ligeza finished second in the 100 breast (1:04.85) with Melissa Paakh finishing second in the 100 fly (58.21).

Andy Cunningham won the 1,000 free (9:45.75) and was second in the 200 back (1:51.12). Jonas Holmstroem took a pair of second-place finishes in the 200 free (1:41.64) and the 100 free (46.40). Nolan Rogers was second in the 200 breast (2:08.69) and the 200 IM (1:56.92). Alex Fernandes also had a pair of second-place finishes. He trailed his opponent by .49 seconds in the 100 fly (49.80) against Arizona State's Alex Coci (49.49) and also finished second in the 50 free (21.44).  

The men won both the 200 medley relay with Kron, Ken Tiltges, Fernandes and Soedel in 1:30.93 and the 400 free relay with Soedel, Tiltges, Holmstroem and Fernandes in 3:03.12.

Utah's women won the 200 medley relay with Swartz, Ligeza, Soininen and Gigliotti claiming first place with a time of 1:44.12. Teaming up for second in the 400 free relay was Swartz, Giglitotti, Soininen and Zuch with a time of 3:28.93. 

In diving, Kersten Merry won the 3-meter dive (289.35) and was second in the 1-meter (288.75). Amanda Casillas finished second in 3-meter (253.95) and third in 1-meter (260.48). For the men, Jacob Crayne was second in the 1-meter (3:29.55) and 3-meter (279.45) with Caleb Herrick taking third on the 1-meter (290.55).

The Utah women's team will be competing against USC on Jan. 10 in Los Angeles at 3 p.m. and will travel to the Spieker Aquatics Center on Jan. 11 in Los Angeles to compete against UCLA at 11 a.m. The meet against UCLA will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.  



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