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University of Utah Men's Swimming and Diving Takes Fifth at Pac-12 Championships

The record-breaking 400 free relay team

The record-breaking 400 free relay team

Los Angeles, Calif. - With the final day of the Pac-12 Championships at a close, Utah comes away with a fifth-place finish (939.5), beating out UCSB (251.5), Arizona State (221.5) and Cal Poly (120). Stanford took home the title for the 31st consecutive year (239.5) as Cal took the runner-up spot (808) and number-one ranked Arizona was third (543). USC brought home fourth place (517).

Major Robinson moved up from third all-time when he recorded the fastest 200 back time in Utah history with a time of 1:45.47 in the preliminaries. Robinson touched in 1:45.72 in the finals to take 15th. Austin Fiascone snagged 23rd (1:51.23) with a new personal record as Seth Wynn came in 25th (1:53.43) and John Tilghmanwas 27th (1:54.31).

Ryan Hansen earned his second school record of the championships with his 15:27.03 finals time in the 1650 free, placing him third all-time. Hansen dropped almost 20 second from him previous best and took 10th in the Pac-12. Eric Bonicelligrabbed 17th in the same event (15.48.63).

In an exact tie, Bjorn Gunnarssonand Allen Wade of UCSB touched in 44.55 in the 100 free finals to split 18th place. Gunnarsson earned eighth all-time for his efforts.

Winter Heaven and Alex Brownboth reached new personal records in the 100 free and took 32nd and 34 respectfully (45.54 and 45.59). Alexandre Fernandes was .01 seconds shy of Brown and took 35th (45.60).


 

 

Two more Utah records were rewritten as Ken Tiltges and Corey Williamstook over sixth (2:01.76) and 10th all-time (2:02.48) in the 200 breast. The men placed 13th and 15th.

Freshman Graham Charlton earned the Utes top time in the 200 fly, bringing home 23rd (1:53.42). Teammate Eric Bonicellitouched right behind in 24th (1:54.96).

Nick Soedel, Karson Applin, Bjorn Gunnarsson and Ken Tiltgesteamed up in the 400 free relay for the final event of the night. The men's time of 2:54.40 was the fastest time in school history by three seconds and the 24th fastest time in the country. The Utes broke five of five school records in relay events over the course of the championships.

"I am really proud of them," said Utah head Coach Greg Winslow. "I am excited about what it did for our alumni support and what it means for Utah Swimming moving up in the Pac-12. I think it proves that we belong and we're looking forward to see how the NCAA's fall out, we have a lot of NCAA consideration cuts this weekend. I'm really proud of our team and I want to thank our fans for all of their support."

March 15-17, Traycie Swartz will compete in Auburn, Ala. at the NCAA Women's Championships. Swartz earned a spot in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 back. The NCAA Men's Championships are scheduled for March 22-24 in Federal Way, Wash.

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