Nick Soedel earns All-American rank.
March 28, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The last time the University of Utah Swimming and Diving team claimed an All-American athlete was 2009, 2006 was the last time a diver grabbed the honor and 1995 was the last Ute male swimmer to earn All-American honors. Now, after just the first day of the NCAA Championships, sophomore Nick Soedel and freshman Josiah Purss have both earned the honorary title to rank them amongst Utah’s best.
This is the first time since 1975 that two athletes from the Utah Swimming and Diving team gained All-American status in the same year.
The Utes collected six points on the day, placing them in the 27th in the country.
Soedel improved up from his No. 25 rank going into the championships to take ninth in the preliminaries in a school-record 19.48 second. In the finals, Soedel touched in 19.71 second for 12th place to become the first Utah All-American in the 50 free since 1976.
“Nick had a tremendous day by lowering his school record by 16 one-hundredths of a second,” Utah assistant coach Jonas Persson said. “He is the 12th-fastest swimmer in NCAA Division I, which is a great achievement as a sophomore and only the start of a successful NCAA meet.”
Purss grabbed 16th in the 1-meter dive with 297.90 points in the finals and was one of only three freshmen to place in the top-16 in diving and is only the second All-American diver in Utah history.
"I am thrilled about how we competed today,” Utah Interim Director of Swimming & Diving Richard Marschner said. “Josiah did a great job of diving consistently throughout prelims and he was in the mix for finals the entire time. Coaches and officials on the pool deck have been a little surprised by what we are accomplishing and they are taking notice that we are doing some tremendous things in Utah.
Soedel will compete in the 200 free tomorrow, Kron has the 400 IM and Purss takes to the 3-meter board.
Live results are available at http://results.teamunify.com/nsss/results/NCAA/2013Men/.