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Colleou, Merry on Podium as Utah Women's Swimming and Diving Take Sixth at Pac-12 Championships

Kersten Merry took third in platform dives.

Kersten Merry took third in platform dives.

March 1, 2014

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FEDERAL WAY, Wash.- Stina Colleou (2oo breast) and Kersten Merry (platform dives) earned the first podium finishes in Pac-12 school history as Utah women’s swimming and diving team finished sixth (758) at the Pac-12 Championships.

Utah has increased its point total 411 points from the 2013 Pac-12 Championships. The Utes finished seventh with 347 points in 2013, and were also seventh in 2012 with 485 points.  

The Utes topped Arizona State (461.5), Washington State (346) and Oregon State (209). Coming away with the title was California with a total score of 1,552.5. Stanford took second (1,364) with USC following (1,327) and UCLA taking fourth (936.5).Arizona took fifth (933.5).

Stepping up on the podium was Stina Colleou, who took second in the 200 breast with a time of 2:09.07. This lowered her previous Utah school record and the finish is Utah’s highest ever at the Pac-12 championships. 

Also taking a place on the podium was Kersten Merry in diving, who took third in platform dives with a score of 280.10. Amanda Casillas took seventh in the dives (250.90). Josiah Purss claimed the sixth-place spot in platform dives with a score of 332.20. 

Others in ‘A’ finals include, Sami Zuch, who touched in at sixth in the 1,650 free with a time of 16.22.02, an NCAA B qualifying time. In prelims, she finished with a time of 16:19.30. In the 100 free, Traycie Swartz touched in eighth with a time of 48.66, an NCAA B time. Nicole Ligeza took eighth in the 200 breast (2:13.24, prelims-2:12.60), an NCAA B qualifying time.

Brianna Francis claimed the tenth place spot in the 200 breast with a time of 2:13.55, an NCAA B qualifying time and her career best time, good for second in the ‘B’ final. Also in the event was Kylie Boyce who took 28th (2:21.21).

Amanda Barrett came away with the 18th spot in the 200 back (1:57.52), an NCAA B qualifying time. She also lowered her school record. Also in the event was Mary Saiz in 28th (2:02.68), Jenna Griffith in 31st (2:03.62) and Erika Nist in 34th (2:04.82).

Teaming together in the 400 free relay to take sixth was the team of Giuliana Gigliotti, Swartz, Ligeza and Madeline Jamora with a time of 3:19.08, an NCAA B qualifying time. 

Selin Ozturk took 13th in the 1,650 free (16:52.38), her career best time. This moves her into fifth all-time at Utah in the event. Maddie Velez came in 16th (16:57.08), her career best time as well and moves her into sixth all-time at Utah. Taking 17th in the event was Maryssa McArthur (17:01.27). This was her career best time and moves her into the top ten at Utah. Paolina Carnevale took 22nd with a time of 17:26.08.

In the 200 fly, Petra Soininen came in 12th with a time of 1:58.74, an NCAA B qualifying time. Carnevale took 24th (2:03.26). Her prelims time of 2:01.85 is her career best time. Also in the event was Melissa Paahk in 25th (2:03.35), Sydney Bull in 28th (2:05.08), Maddie Velez in 33rd with her season best-time of 2:06.32 and Gabby Hestwood in 36th (2:12.76). 

In the 100 free was Gigliotti taking 20th (49.59), an NCAA B time, and Madeline Jamora in 35th (51.47), her career-best time. Al Jamora came in 43rd (52.32) with Gabby Hestwood in 48th (53.79). 

The men's Pac-12 Championships begin Wednesday, March 5 at the King Country Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.


 

 

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