March 31, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The University of Utah swim team took full advantage of its last outing of the 2012-13 season during the final day of the NCAA Men’s Championships. Nick Soedel, Josiah Purss and Kristian Kron all had one more race in the pool.
The Utes ended the championships with 11 points, placing them 33rd in the country.
“We had a pretty solid day today,” Utah assistant coach Jonas Persson said. “It was a pretty good meet for our freshman and sophomore swimmers. They should be very happy. It’s good preparation for next year where we should score at least twice as many points.”
Soedel was able to move up from his No. 15 ranking in the 100 free as he placed 12th with a 43.04 finals time. He recorded a lifetime-best 42.83 in the preliminary round.
Kron grabbed his highest placing of the championships as he took 27th in the 200 back (1:42.55).
Purss became the first-ever Ute to compete on the platform at the NCAAs tonight, an event in which he broke the Utah school record. Purss improved from his seeding to take 24th (294.50).
“This was a great finish to a great season for us,” Utah’s Interim Director of Swimming & Diving Richard Marschner said. “ We turned a lot of heads while we were here and the future is very bright for the program and for our athletes. The whole team and staff have a lot to be proud of. “