Bence Kira'ly earns NCAA 'B' cut time in the 400 IM.
March 5, 2013
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - The Utah men's swimming and diving program continues to make waves in the pool as more Utes achieve NCAA 'B' qualifying times on Tuesday at the Pac-12 Championships in the King County Aquatic Center.
The Utes hold fifth in the standings (199.5), ahead of ASU (195), UCSB (154) and Cal Poly (74). Cal leads the way with 583 points, followed by Stanford (520), USC (404.5) and Arizona (340).
"Today was a solid day in the pool," said Utah interim head swim coach James Winchester. "We took care of business this morning, which gave us the opportunity to get after it tonight. We are in a tight battle with Arizona State, so we are going to need another great morning session tomorrow. After three excellent days of competition, we are excited to finish this thing with a bang."
Freshman Kristian Kron headed the Utes effort as he pulled in fifth in the 400 IM, touching in a Utah school record 3:48.01 for an NCAA `B' qualifying time. Bence Kira'ly also grabbed a `B' qualifying time in the event, placing 12th (3:49.57), while Ian Clarke grabbed 20th for the Utes (3:56.78).
"Kristian had another great swim today, getting another school record and justifying his status as one of the best freshman in the nation" said Winchester. "We are excited for his 200 back tomorrow. It should be a special swim."
Alex Fernandes had a successful day as he earned an NCAA `B' cut time in the 100 fly (47.92).
Nick Soedel and Jonas Holmstroem both earned NCAA `B' cut times in the 200 free, taking eighth (1:38.43) and 17th (1:37.67), respectively.
The collaboration of Kron, Kira'ly, Fernandes and Soedel brought in seventh for the Utes in the 400 medley relay (3:15.19).
The final day of the Pac-12 Championships begin tomorrow with preliminaries at 11 p.m. PT and finals at 6 p.m. PT.
Live results can be found at http://results.teamunify.com/pnws2/.