Sami Zuch finished in the top 10 in the 500 free.
Feb. 27, 2014
FEDERAL WAY, Wash- Led by top-10 finishes from Samantha Zuch and Traycie Swartz, the Utah women’s swimming and diving team currently sits in sixth place with a score of 264 after the second day of competition at the Pac-12 Championships.
The Utes sit sixth above Oregon State (158), Washington State (155) and Arizona State (150.5). Leading the meet is Stanford (507) with USC (448) following. Sitting in third currently is University of California, (400.5) then UCLA (328.5) in fourth. Arizona is currently sitting in fifth place (320.5).
“Its great to get a full day of competition under our belt after a wonderful start to the relays yesterday. We had some real highlight performances today - Sami Zuch’s 500 freestyle, her time of 4:43 this morning is a big-time swim. It was her first time in the ‘A’ final and second-best time in school history. I couldn’t be more proud of her. The efforts of some of our other 500 freestylers put up - Amanda Barrett, Maryssa McArthur - were just outstanding. To have two double IMers today was awesome, Nicole Ligeza and Brianna Francis. I couldn’t be more excited for what we are going to see in them in the breaststrokes going forward. Giuliana Gigliotti is putting up a time that is close to qualifying for NCAA’s winning the C final in the 50 free, 22.52. We are in really good shape. I am excited. Last year, the team finished seventh and we are in sixth with over a 100-point lead of the seventh-place team. We are really looking forward to building on that and setting some more records. Looking forward to tomorrow,” said Utah head coach Joe Dykstra about the second day of competition at the Pac-12 Championships.
Making her first ‘A’ final appearance in Pac-12 Championships competition, Sami Zuch took seventh in the 500 free with a time of 4:44.75, and swum a time of 4:43.38 in the prelims, which is her best time of the year and she continues to rank second in school history in the event. Traycie Swartz finished eighth in the 50 free (22.39), an NCAA B qualifying time. In the 200 IM, Nicole Ligeza took 12th with a time of 2:00.44 while Brianna Francis took 14th (2:00.91). It was Francis’ best time of the year. Both times are NCAA B qualifying times. Giuliana Gigliotti finished 17th in the 50 free (22.52), her best time of the year and an NCAA B qualifying time. She won the ‘C’ final.
In diving, Kersten Merry took tenth on the 1-meter with a score of 280.60. Caleb Herrick finished 10th in the 3-meter dives (330.30) and Jacob Crayne finishing 11th (323.45). Josiah Purss finished 13th in the dives with a score of 312.65.
In the 500 free, Selin Ozturk finished 26th (4:51.74) with Maddie Velez finishing 42nd (4:59.59), her season-best time. Madeline Jamora finished 25th in the 500 free (23.11), Erika Nist in 30th (23.40), Mary Saiz in 54th (24.16), Treasa Ring in 58th (24.33) and Al Jamora took 60th (24.42) in the event. In the 200 IM, Kylie Boyce finished 27th (2:03.70) with Stina Colleou finishing 32nd (2:05.82), both swimming their best times of the year.
The Utes continue competition tomorrow with prelims beginning at 11 a.m and finals at 6 p.m. Live swimming results can be found at http://results.teamunify.com/pnws2/ and diving results at https://secure.meetcontrol.com/divemeets/system/livestats.php?event=stats-2864-7200-1-Started