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Merry Leads Utes on First Day of NCAA Women's Championships.

Merry was just shy of All-American.

Merry was just shy of All-American.

March 20, 2014

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Utah women’s swimming and diving opened the first day at the NCAA Women’s Championships. Highlights include Kersten Merry in 17th in one-meter dives and Traycie Swartz tying for 20th in the 50 free. 

In diving, Merry took 17th with a score of 281.40. She was just one spot short of All-America honors in the event.

Swartz tied with Louisville’s Kesli Worrel in the 50 free (22.27). The 400 medley relay team of Swartz, Nicole Ligeza, Petra Soininen and Giuliana Gigliotti teamed up to take 23rd (3:36.90). Sami Zuch finished in 36th (4:44.49) and in the 500 free with Ligeza taking 56th in the 200 IM (2:00.69).

“We had a solid morning, though just a little short of our goals. Sami, Nicole, Traycie, and the medley relay were all slightly over their best times. It was a solid start to the meet.  Kersten just missed All-American honors on the 1-meter board by nine tenths of a point, that was a little heartbreaking but we are all so proud of her diving well and getting 17th place,” said Utah head coach Joe Dykstra about this morning’s preliminary session.  

 Utah diving coach, Richard Marshner added about Merry, “Kersten did a great job today. Placing 17th in the nation is an amazing accomplishment and it's her weakest event. She's happy, I'm happy and tomorrow we have a better event for her and she can challenge for All-America status.”

Utes continue competition tomorrow with prelims beginning at 11 a.m. and finals at 7 p.m. For live results, follow http://swimmeetresults.com/2014d1ncaachamps/

ESPN3 will stream the championship finals sessions live on Friday and Saturday. Thursday’s sessions, along with the morning sessions on Friday and Saturday, will be streamed live via gophersports.com. Coverage of the championships will also be broadcast on ESPNU at 7 p.m. MT, Wednesday, April 2. 

For more information on the NCAA championship, follow http://www.ncaa.com/sports/swimming-women/d1. There also is more about the NCAA’s on Minnesota’s site as well: http://www.gophersports.com/sports/w-swim/spec-rel/2014-NCAA-Championship.html.



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