Traycie Swartz helped break the conference and school records in the 400 medley relay (3:38.33) while also posting a new school record in the 100 back (53.85).
Feb. 24, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - On the second day at the Mountain West Conference Championships, the University of Utah swimming team not only set a new conference record, but also continued to swim some of the fastest times in school history.
"They are completely rewriting the school record books," said head coach Greg Winslow. "I couldn't be more proud of them. The excitement and enthusiasm is amazing. I wish all of our alumni could be here to watch this."
Both Ute women and men stand at fourth place in the rankings with 190 points and 201 points, respectively. The BYU men and San Diego State women continue to lead the rankings.
Traycie Swartz, Samantha Zuch, Hannah Caron, and Natalie Edge came from behind to earn the Utes' first victory at MWC Championships with an NCAA "B" cut time in the 400 medley relay(3:38.33). They surpassed both the conference and the school records by one second and three seconds, respectively. Swartz led off the relay by breaking the school record in the 100 back with her split time of 53.85.
Caron was a close runner-up in the 200 IM where she posted an NCAA "B" qualifying time (1:59.67). In the same event, Maiya Otsuka earned 11th place (2:03.48).
In the 50 free, Swartz earned third place when she posted Utah's third-fastest time ever (22.88) while Edge secured eighth place (22.97). Both finishes were NCAA "B" qualifying times. Kristina Evans, who rounded out the top 10, also touched in the fifth-fastest time ever by a Ute woman (23.05).
Zuch swam the second-fastest time in school history in the 500 free where she placed ninth (4:55.55). In the preliminary round, Kayla Buck finished with a personal best time of 5:02.19 to earn 21st place.
On the men's side, Major Robinson, Garrett Peterson, Karson Applin, and Brent Murray broke another school record when they posted an NCAA "B" cut time to earn the bronze medal in the 400 medley relay (3:14.55). Their time topped the previous school record by a full second. Robinson kicked off the relay with the fourth-fastest 100 back time in school history (49.27).
Posting another NCAA "B" qualifying time, Murray swam the fifth-fastest time by a Ute in the 50 free (20.25), earning fifth place and achieving a new personal best time. Bjorn Gunnarsson touched in a time of 21.00 to earn 16th place as well.
In the 200 IM, Applin and Garret Beaman finished in sixth and seventh place, respectively, with times of 1:49.55 and 1:50.31. Their times are the third and fourth-fastest in the all-time school record books in the event.
"It was an all around amazing meet," Winslow said. "It was a lot of fun and we're looking forward to tomorrow."
The Utes continue with MWC Championships on Friday with preliminaries at 10 a.m. CT and finals at 6 p.m. CT.