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Soedel Finishes Third in 50 Free on Day Two at Pac-12 Championships

Nick Soedel takes third in the 50 free.

Nick Soedel takes third in the 50 free.

March 6, 2014

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FEDERAL WAY, Wash.- School records by Nick Soedel and Bence Kiraly highlighted day two for Utah men’s swimming after day two of the Pac-12 Championships. Utah currently sits fifth after day two.

The Utes have topped ASU (100), UC Santa Barbara (93) and Cal Poly (79). Currently sitting in first is Cal with a score of 271. In second is Stanford (243) with USC in third (208) and Arizona in fourth (193). 

“Night two was another success for us,” said Utah head coach Joe Dykstra about day two.  “We had two school records - in the 50 free and the 500 free from Nick Soedel and Bence Kiraly. Nick finishing third and getting on the podium; Bence finishing fifth in the 500. I am really excited about those finishes as well as Kron’s 17th place time in the 200 IM. It was a big improvement from this morning. Ken Tiltges having his fastest 50 of his life, 19.60, to finish in 11th place was a huge achievement. Unfortunately, our 200 free relay had a disqualification for an early exchange. It wiped out what was an outstanding relay but that’s okay because we will find a time to time trial it and get that NCAA cut then.”

Soedel claimed the third-place spot in the 50 free with a time of 19.36. He lowered the school record in the event and it is an NCAA B qualifying time. He matched his third-place effort from the 2013 Pac-12‘s in the 50 free. Making his first appearance in the ‘A’ final in the 500 free, Kiraly finished in fifth with a time of 4:19.00. This lowered the school record for the event and is an NCAA B qualifying time. 

In the 50 free, Ken Tiltges touched in 11th with a time of 19.60. This is the third all-time best time at Utah and his career-best time. It also was Tiltges first time swimming a NCAA B time in the event. Also in the event was 24th-place Alex Fernandes (20.37). His prelim time of 20.18 was his career best. 

Also swimming their career best in the 50 free was Alex Brown in 34th (20.70), Jonas Holmstrom in 35th (20.74), David Fraser in 39th (20.93) and Keanu Interone in 56th (21.93). 

In the 200 IM, Kristian Kron took 17th with a time of 1:46.88, winning the C final. He also finished with an NCAA B qualifying time. Also in the event was Nolan Rogers who took 30th (1:50.50), Brendan Nguyen in 32nd (1:52.43), Brandon Risley in 35th (1:53.72) and Brandon Young who took 41st (1:58.30). 

Andy Cunningham touched in 21st in the 500 free (4:28.03), which moves him into the top-10 all-time at Utah in the event. Evan Indahl took 34th (4:34.16) with Luis Macias taking 35th (4:34.42) and Graham Charlton in 37th in the event (4:36.19). 

Also added to today’s scores was the 1-meter dives, held last week in conjunction with women’s Pac-12’s. Josiah Purss took third in the event with Jacob Crayne finishing sixth.

The Utes continue competition tomorrow with prelims beginning at 11 a.m and finals at 6 p.m. For live swimming results, follow results.teamunify.com/pnws2/. 



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