Josiah Purss earns All-American honor during the first day of competition.
March 27, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas- Josiah Purss earned All-America honors on the one meter dives during the first day of competition at the NCAA Mens Swimming and Diving Championships. Other highlights include Bence Kiraly breaking the school record in the 500 free.
"Today was a mixed bag of results. We were hoping for more from our relays, but I'm very ecstatic with Bence's new school record in the 500 Free and Josiah winning the consolation final in the one-meter dives. Josiah's All-American performance put some points on the board, and we look forward to coming back over the next couple of days and adding some more," said Utah head coach Joe Dykstra about the first day.
Kiraly touched in 21st in the 500 free with a time of 4:17.17, which broke the school record in the event.
In diving, Purss took ninth on the one-meter dives (368.00). He won the consolation final and also was named All-American in the dives.
"Josiah starting the meet with another All-America performance puts Utah diving in some elite company," said Utah diving coach Richard Marschner about Purss. "Only eight schools have both a male and female diving All-American and we are one of them! Josiah had a very solid and consistent meet and we couldn't be happier with the result. I'm excited to see how the rest of the meet pans out."
Both relays finished within the top thirty. The 200 free relay team of Ken Tiltges, Soedel, Alex Fernandes and Karson Applin touched in 23rd with a time of 1:19.29. The team of Kron, Tiltges, Fernades and Soedel took 20th in the 400 yard medley relay (3:12.01).
The Utes continue competition tomorrow with preliminaries beginning at 11 a.m and finals at 7 p.m.
ESPN3 will stream live the championship finals sessions Friday and Saturday. Coverage of the championships will also be broadcast on ESPNU at 8 p.m. Eastern tim, Saturday, April 19. Thursday's sessions along with the morning sessions on Friday and Saturday will be streamed live on the University of Texas website.
For more information on the NCAA men's Championships, check http://www.ncaa.com/championships/swimming-men/d1. There also is more information on the NCAA's on Texas' site: http://www.texassports.com/news/2013/10/24/MSWIM_1024134543.aspx .