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University of Utah Swimming and Diving Fall to Rival BYU

Karson Applin celebrates 100 breast win

Karson Applin celebrates 100 breast win

Jan. 27, 2012

PROVO, UTAH - The Richards Building Pool was a sea of red and blue as Ute fans packed in to watch Utah Swimming and Diving take on rival BYU. In a closely fought battle, BYU takes the Deseret First Duel trophy, beating Utah men 139-161 as and the women 138-162.

"With Tim Powers retiring, BYU was really fired up," said Utah head coach Greg Winslow. "I'm proud of the way we swam and cheered today. This will be a fantastic catapult for our women going into the Pac-12 Championships. We have a lot of swimmers with great potential and that showed tonight. Melissa Paakh and Valerie McMullan had break-through meets today, that's great to see from two freshman."

The Utes excelled in freestyle events tonight as Traycie Swartz headed the 50 free (23.34), while Samantha Zuch took first in the 500 free (4:59.08) and second in the 200 free (1:51.28).

Hannah Caron was on top in the 100 free (51.59) and Kayla Buck was runner up in the 1000 free (10:32.01).

The women also reigned victorious in the 400 free relay with the team of Zuch, Madeline Jamora, Caron and Swartz.

The freestyle trend continued with the Utah men's team as Nick Soedel won the 50 and 100 free events (20.48 and 45.66). Closely trailing Soedel in the 50 free was Bjorn Gunnarsson in second (20.89) and Alexandre Fernandes in third (21.35).



Ryan Hansen grabbed the win in the 1000 free (9:54.23) as well as the 500 free (4:43.38), while Graham Charlton was right behind in second (4:45.85).

Winter Heaven took second in the 200 free with a time of 1:42.14.

In other events, Swartz placed first in the 100 back (54.25) with Sarah Cox coming in fifth (59.63).

Valerie McMullan placed third in the 200 free (1:54.17), while Nicole Ligeza did the same in the 100 breast (1:06.63). McMullan also snagged the fourth-place slot in the 100 free, touching in 52.96.

Coming in second was Melissa Paakh in the 200 fly with a time of 2:05.35. Cox was third in the 200 back (2:07.10) and Ligeza took second in the 200 breast (2:23.31).

Swartz, Ligeza, Caron and Zuch collaborated for the win in the 200 medley relay (1:43.44).

Other notable Ute performances on the men's side include Major Robinson and Austin Fiascone's 1-2 finish in the 200 back (1:52.42 and 1:54.76). The roles were reversed in the 100 back as Fiascone took second (50.92) and Robinson was third (51.22).

Applin headed the 100 breast (56.77), while Ken Tiltges came in a close third (58.37).

Eric Bonicelli grabbed third in the 200 fly (1:55.01), as Gunnarson and Lamb came in fourth and fifth in the 100 free (46.20 and 47.30).

Bringing in points for the Utes was Corey Williams, taking third in the 200 breast (2:09.30), while Tiltges was fifth (2:10.31). Tiltges also earned a third-place spot in the 200 IM (1:56.80), closely followed by Eric Murray in fourth (1:56.82).

The teaming of Gunnarsson, Applin, Lamb and Brown came in second by a slim .51 seconds in a nail biting 400 free relay (3:03.51).

In diving, Ellis Walters took the lead in the 1-meter with 272.25 points and Jasmine Matkovic took the second-place spot (256.35). In the 3-meter dives, Walters was second (293.25) and Matkovic placed fourth (280.13).

For the men, Nelson Foo placed fourth on the 1-meter with Caleb Herrick coming in fifth (299.40). Foo also earned fifth place in 3-meter dives (307.35).

The Ute men will head to USC to face the Trojans on Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. MT. The Utah women will start preparing for the Pac-12 Championships in Federal Way, Wash. To take place Feb. 22-25.

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