Colleou along with Swartz and Merry earned All-America honors during the final day of competition.
March 22, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.- Utah women’s swimming and diving wrapped up the final day at the NCAA women’s Championships with Traycie Swartz, Stina Colleou and Kersten Merry all earning All-America honors. The Utes finished 29th overall at the championships.
“We are so thrilled with finishing 29th in the national championships. It is a testament to the hard work of the student-athletes and our whole coaching staff. I'm especially proud of our four seniors who made it here!” said Utah head coach Joe Dkystra about the final day of competition.
Swartz touched in 11th in the 100 free with a time of 48.04, breaking the school record. Also breaking a school record and winning the consolation final to take ninth was Colleou in the 200 breast (2:08.35). Se was the fastest freshman in the event.
Merry became the first female diver in Utah history to earn All-America honors, finishing ninth on platform dives with a finals score of 319.30. She won the consolation final and broke the school record in the event that she had set at the Zone meet.
Utah diving head coach Richard Marshner was especially impressed with Merry’s efforts today. “Kersten literally came from being dead last after the first dive of the competition to winning the consolations. It is a testament to how far along she has come as a competitor to put it behind her and finish strong. It's been an absolute joy to coach her and I am very proud of her.”
Utah has six women's swimming and diving All-Americans in school history.
The NCAA men’s Championships begin next week on Thursday March 27-29 in Austin, Texas.