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Utah Men Take Fifth at Pac-12 Championships

Sophomore Nick Soedel grabs more Utah school records.

Sophomore Nick Soedel grabs more Utah school records.

March 6, 2013

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – The Pac-12 Conference Men’s Championships came to a close Wednesday, with the University of Utah swimming & diving team rewriting several Utah school records and earning multiple NCAA ‘B’ cut times over the course of the four-day competition.

“I’m very proud of our team,” said Utah interim coach James Winchester. “Through adversity, our men have stepped up time and time again. To rewrite the record books as we did is a true testament to the work they performed all season long. With such a young team competing in the fastest conference in the country, our future is incredibly bright. It’s an awesome time to be a Ute!" 

Utah collected 290.5 points during the championships to place fifth, ahead of Arizona State (257), UC Santa Barbara (230) and Cal Poly (112).

Cal took the Pac-12 title (825), followed by Stanford (800), USC (638.5) and Arizona (483) in the top four.

“Our fate is now in the hands of the NCAA selection committee,” said Winchester. “We have an excellent shot with Kristian and Nick individually and with our freestyle relays as well.”

Freshman Kristian Kron continued to make a statement in the pool, recording yet another Utah school record. Kron touched in 1:42.96 in the 200 back preliminaries and 1:42.97 in the finals to earn an NCAA ‘B’ cut time and take fourth.

The Utah 400 free relay toppled two school records as the team of sophomore Nick Soedel, senior Bjorn Gunnarsson, sophomore Alex Fernandes and Kron took the relay record with a time of 2:54.32, while Soedel led off the relay in a record-breaking split of 42.83. 



Freshman Bence Kira’ly was just .04 seconds shy of Shawn Rowland’s 200 fly school record as he touched in 1:46.38 for 17th and an NCAA ‘B’ cut time. Freshman David Fraser also appeared in the 200 fly final, finishing the race in 21st (1:49.48). 

Gunnarsson earned his first individual NCAA ‘B’ cut time of the championships as he placed 11th in the 100 free (44.26).

Freshman Ian Clarke took 20th in the 200 breast (2:03.63), Brandon Young was 23rd (2:05.31) and Kyle Owens was 24th (2:07.32).

The NCAA Zone Diving Championships are up next for the Utes and will begin March 14 and run through March 16 in Colorado Springs at Cadet Natatorium.


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