Major Robinson records 10th-fastest Utah 200 IM time
March 1, 2012
Los Angeles, Calif. - Records fell as the Utes hit the pool at East Los Angeles College Swim Stadium for day two of the Pac-12 Championships. The Utes ended the day in fifth place, outscoring Arizona State, UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly. The men managed to qualify at least one athlete for the finals in each of the three morning events, and broke two school records, including one set in 1987.
Ken Tiltges dropped more than five seconds off his 200 IM time to snap a 25-year-old school record, set by Shawn Rowland, with a time of 1:48.59 in the finals to finish in 18th place. Karson Applin broke his personal record in the same event twice with a 1:49.97 preliminary time and a 1:48.74 finals time. Applin captured third-place in the Utah record book, while Major Robinson earned 10th all time with his 27th-place finish (1:51.19).
Another Utah school record was set by Soedel, Gunnarsson, Applin and Fernandes in the 200 free relay (1:19.94) bringing home sixth for the Utes.
Breaking his 50 free personal record for the fifth time this year, Nick Soedel touched in 19.98 in the prelims to earn the Utes second-fastest history time. Soedel grabbed seventh place in the Pac with a 20.01 finals time. Bjorn Gunnarsson recorded the seventh-fastest Utah time and took 19th (20.32), while Alexandre Fernandes brought home 22nd for the Utes (20.55) with the 10th-fastest school record. Alex Brown followed in 34th (21.08), Winter Heaven took 36th (21.14), Andy Lamb was 37th (21.15) and Seth Wynn was 50th (22.37).
Ryan Hansen landed in 24th (4:30.76) in the preliminaries of the 500 free to grab a slot in the finals later in the evening. Moving up, Hansen recorded a personal best and ninth-fastest Ute time of 4:28.92 to take 22nd in the event.
“We’re half way through now and we’re really excited about where we’re at,” said Utah head coach Greg Winslow. “ We hope more records will fall and we’re really excited about our times.”
At the end of day two, Stanford leads with 324.5 points with UC Berkley in the runner up slot (257). Arizona is third (181) and USC is fourth (169). Utah sits in fifth (114) with Arizona State close behind with 108 points. UC Santa Barbara is seventh (107.5) and Cal Poly is eighth (67).