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More Utah Records Fall at Pac-12 Championships

Freshman Kristian Kron claims 200 IM Utah school record.

Freshman Kristian Kron claims 200 IM Utah school record.

March 4, 2013

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – With day two of the Pac-12 Championships in the books, the Utah men’s swimming and diving team continued to re-write Utah school records, while moving into fifth in the standings with 116.5 points.

“We had a historic night in the pool with an amazing finish in resetting three school records,” said Utah interim head swim coach James Winchester. “The staff as a whole is incredibly proud of all the performances today and we look forward to the team carrying the momentum into tomorrow morning’s sessions.”

Sophomore Nick Soedel was a stand-out once against as he claimed the Utes first-ever swimming Pac-12 podium finish. Soedel recorded a school record and NCAA ‘B’ qualifying time of 19.64 in the 50 free to tie for third place.

“With performances like tonight, Nick is proving himself to be one of the best swimmers in the country,” said Winchester. “He’s a class act and we are proud to have him tearing up the record books for the Utes.”

Alex Fernandes, Bjorn Gunnarsson and Dusty Ragland also appeared in the 50 free finals, ending the evening in 18th (20.27), 20th (20.31) and 23rd (20.57), respectively.

Freshman Kristian Kron grabbed 17th in the 200 IM in school-record time, while also earning an NCAA ‘B’ cut time (1:46.16).

The third Utah record of the night, and fifth of the championships, was collected by Soedel, Fernandes, Gunnarsson and Holmstroem in the 200 free relay. The team’s time of 1:19.72 topped the Utah record set at last year’s championships by .22 seconds.



Bence Kira’ly placed 15th and earned an NCAA ‘B’ cut time in the 500 free (4:24.83), while Ryan Hansen placed 22nd in the same event (4:30.67). Kira’ly’s time was just over a second off the Utah school record.


Competition resumes tomorrow at 11 a.m. PT with preliminary swims, while final rounds begin at 6 p.m. PT.


Live results can be found at http://results.teamunify.com/pnws2/.


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