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University of Utah Swimming and Diving has Record-Breaking Day

Ellis Walter and Jasmine Matkovic at Pac-12 Championships

Ellis Walter and Jasmine Matkovic at Pac-12 Championships

Feb. 23, 2012

Federal Way, Wash. - The Utes shone in day two of the Pac-12 Championships at Weyerhauser King County Aquatic Center. Utah women broke two school records and almost all Ute swimmers recorded lifetime best times, while all four Ute divers snagged top-15 finishes.

Traycie Swartz ripped through the water in the 50 free, setting a new school record, while also earning a lifetime best swim with a time of 22.45 in the preliminaries. In the finals Swartz broke the school record once again and recorded an NCAA `B' qualifying time with a time of 22.32, placing her fifth. Swartz finals time stands as the 18th fastest time in the country.

Maddie Jamora also set a new personal record and claimed sixth place in the Utah record books, touching in 23.25 in the prelims. Jamora broke her record for the second time in one day in the finals, landing her in 21st with a 23.11 time. Treasa Ring placed 51st (24.24) in the event.

The 500 free was a standout for Utah as all four Ute participants set new personal records in the preliminaries. Samantha Zuch headed the Utes with a time of 4:48.93, swimming the second-fastest time in Utes history. With a time of 4:50.18 in the finals, Zuch placed 16th.

Kayla Buck placed 29th in the 500 free for the Utes, setting her PR at 4:57.35. LeighAnne Oliver recorded a 4:59.73 lifetime best, placing her 34th. Valerie McMullan snagged 36th with her PR swim of 5:01.25.

After placing eighth in the preliminary round, Ellis Walters came back to end the night with a fourth-place finish in the 1-meter dive (304.90). Utah Freshman Jasmine Matkovic claimed 13th (242.25). Preceding Walters was USC's Victoria Ishimatsu (331.05), Samantha Pickens of Arizona (329.00) and Elina Eggers from ASU (321.25).


 

 

Nelson Foo snagged a fifth-place finish for the Utes in the 3-meter dive with 342.45 points. Caleb Herrick claimed 10th (279.15) and Brandon Stoppelmoor was 14th (246.20).

In the 200 IM, Hannah Caron grabbed 13th for the Utes with a finals time of 2:00.29. Ligeza trailed Caron finishing 33 (2:04.65), while also setting a new PR and recording the second-fastest time in Utah history. Melissa Paakh took home 41st place (2:07.69) and Sarah Cox touched in 2:08.50 to land her in 43rd. Lindsey McSweeney rounded out the Ute pack in 53rd (2:13.39).

Swartz, Caron, Jamora and Zuch collaborated to snag fourth place in the final event of the night, the 200 free relay (1:30.69). The Utes were awarded a school record and the 22nd fastest time in the country for their efforts. Utah was preceded only by Stanford (1:28.07), Arizona (1:28.55) and Cal (1:29.46).

After day two, Stanford stands in first (462), followed by Cal in second (426.5) and USC (390) in third. Arizona holds fourth place (385), while UCLA is fifth (341.5). Arizona State sits in sixth (298), followed by Utah in seventh (233) and Oregon State in eighth (142.5). Washington State trails in ninth (134.5).

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