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Ute Women Place Seventh at Pac-12 Championships

Nelson Foo places third in platform dives

Nelson Foo places third in platform dives

Feb. 25, 2012

Federal Way, Wash. – Utah has another record-breaking day at the final day of the Women’s Pac-12 Championships at the Weyerhauser King County Aquatic Center. The Ute women finished seventh overall as 84 percent of the Utes swim lifetime bests this week.

Nelson Foo earned the Utes first podium finish of the week in platform dives. After placing seventh in the preliminaries, Foo came back to grab third with 310.37 points. Caleb Herrick earned himself a spot in the finals and ended the championships with an eighth-place finish (159.00), while Brandon Stoppelmoor took 14th in the event (174.30).

Ellis Walters and Jasmine Matkovic finished back-to-back in platform dives, taking 10th and 11th respectfully (201.50 and 199.05).

LeighAnne Oliver and Kayla Buck brought home 14th (16:57.31) and 17th (17:10.37) for the Utes in the 1650 free, while also record Utah’s fourth and eighth fastest times. Both women set new PRs by nearly 30 seconds.

Traycie Swartz shaved time off her 100 free (49.15), inching up from 10th in the preliminaries to take ninth in the finals (49.43). Maddie Jamora followed, taking 38th with a time of 52.17, while Valerie McMullan snagged 45th (52.84) and Alexandra Jamora was 47th (53.33). All three women recorded lifetime bests.

Two more PRs were set by Melissa Paakh and Hannah Caron in the 200 fly prelims (2:02.75 and 2:03.34). Caron placed 20th in the finals (2:00.59), while Paakh took 22nd (2:01.88). The women touched in the second and third fastest times in Utah history.

Eliminating almost six seconds from her previous best time and claiming the second-fastest time in Utah history, Nicole Ligeza jumped up from 24th in the prelims to take 20th in the 200 breast (2:17.25). Lindsay McSweeney was close behind, taking 32nd and also recording a PR (2:31.95).

Sarah Cox took 31st in the 200 back with a time of 2:06.96.

Samantha Zuch, Caron, Jamora and Swartz collaborated to place seventh in the 400 free relay, touching in 3:20.17, six seconds faster than the teams’ seed time.

Cal brought home the title of Pac-12 Championships (1389.5), while Stanford took the runner-up spot (1341.5). USC placed third (1225) and Arizona was fourth (1171). UCLA landed in fifth (1087.5) with Arizona State taking sixth. Utah brought in seventh (485) and Oregon State took eighth (326.5). Washington State was ninth (239.5)

The Men’s Pac-12 Championships take place Wednesday through Saturday at East Los Angeles College Swim Center in Los Angeles, Calif.



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