Nicole Ligeza took fourth in the 10o breast.
Feb. 28, 2014
FEDERAL WAY, Wash.- With one more day of competition, Utah women’s swimming and diving sits in sixth after the third day at the Pac-12 Championships. Highlights from the day include Nicole Ligeza, Stina Colleou and Traycie Swartz finishing in the top eight, three new school records, and Kersten Merry, Josiah Purss and Jacob Crayne finishing in the top eight in diving.
The Utes hold their sixth-place spot in the standings (473) ahead of Arizona State (299.5), Washington State (262) and Oregon State (209). Currently holding the lead at the competiton is California with a score of 1019. Trailing is Stanford (967) with USC in third (896) and UCLA in fourth (619.5). Arizona sits in fifth (614.5).
“Great session here for us on day three. We had six ‘A’ finalists all together today, broke three new school records, swam a ton of NCAA consideration cuts, swam a fifth-place finish in the 400 medley relay with a three-second drop to our school record. With one day to go, we scored 140 more points than the team did all of last year. We are really excited to see how we finish this out tomorrow. Go Utes!” said Joe Dykstra about a successful third day at the Pac-12 Championships.
Nicole Ligeza took fourth in the 100 breast with a time of 1:00.44, an NCAA B qualifying time and lowering her school record. Also in the event was Stina Colleou taking sixth (1:00.71) which is also an NCAA B qualifying time. Colleou had her season-best time and her time is second all-time at Utah. It was the first time in program history in the Pac-12 that two female swimmers have been in an A final in the same event. Traycie Swartz took seventh in the 100 back with a time of 53.37 which is an NCAA B qualifying time.
Utah’s ‘A’ team of Swartz, Ligeza, Petra Soininen and Giuliana Gigliotti teamed together to take fifth in the 400 medley relay (3:36.19), breaking a school record and swimming an NCAA B qualifying time.
In the 400 IM, Amanda Barrett finished 13th (4:18.52), an NCAA B qualifying time which also lowered her previous school record. Kylie Boyce took 20th (4:21.86) and Sydney Bull took 24nd (4:26.98). Bull’s preliminary time of 4:23.23 is her best career time and is tied for sixth all-time at Utah. Paolina Carnevale finished 29th (4:28.95) in the event.
Soininen finished 17th in the 100 fly (53.33) which is an NCAA B qualifying time and her career-best time. Also in the event was Melissa Paakh taking 22nd (54.96, 54.84 in preliminaries), Ring in 27th (55.56, which moves her into the top 10 all-time in the event at Utah), Gabby Hestwood in 37th (57.51) and Jenna Griffith in 38th (57.65).
In the 100 breast, Brianna Francis took 17th, winning the ‘C’ final with a time of 1:02.66 which is her season-best time and is fifth-best all-time at Utah. Paakh took 25th (1:04.13), a career-best time which moves her into the top 10 at Utah all-time. Bull took 26th (1:04.37) and Al Jamora was in 34th (1:05.33).
Sami Zuch touched in 18th in the 200 free with a time of 1:48.23, her career-best time and good for second in the ‘C’ final. Maryssa McArthur took 24th (1:49.55), her career-best time and the fifth-best time all-time at Utah. Selin Ozturk was in 27th (1:49.74), her career-best time and the eighth best all-time at Utah.
In the 100 back, Mary Saiz took 32nd (56.50) and Petra Soininen in 33rd (56.62). Erika Nist took 34th with a time of 56.80, her season-best time and 10th-best all-time at Utah. Madeline Jamora took 35th (57.02). Taking 38th in the event was Gigliotti (57.28) with Jenna Giffith taking 40th (57.40).
The Utes have one more day of competition. Prelims begin at 11 a.m. with finals beginning 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.