Go Utes!
Go Utes!
University of Utah Swimming and Diving Snag First Pac-12 Victories

Austin Fiascone wins both backstroke events.

Austin Fiascone wins both backstroke events.

Oct. 12, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -  At the UCLA Swim Stadium, the Utes found their stride as they competed in their first conference meet of the season. The women's squad found a win over Oregon State (166-117) and the men beat out UC Santa Barbara (161-138). The women fell to UCLA (211-83) and US Santa Barbara (183-115).

"This was a great way to start off the season," said Utah head coach Greg Winslow. "We are looking forward to tomorrow against USC. It was a good challenge to see Pac-12 competition and it was great to get our first Pac-12 wins on both the men's and women's sides. We are looking forward to getting home and continuing our training."

Sophomore Nick Soedel began the year with a bang, sweeping the individual sprint freestyle events, the 200 free (1:40.87), the 50 free (20.43) and the 100 free (45.04), while also contributing to the winning 400 free relay (3:02.65).  Also assisting in the relay were Bjorn Gunnarsson, Winter Heaven and Alexandre Fernandes.

Utah senior Austin Fiascone also made a big contribution to the Utes as he snagged first-place finishes in the 100 and 200 back (50.30 and 1:52.11).

Bence Kiraly stepped up as a freshman and hauled in wins in the 200 fly (1:50.79), the 500 free (4:34.27) and the 200 IM (1:54.26).

Another freshman in the spotlight was Ian Clarke, placing second in the 200 breast (2:09.20), fourth in the 200 IM (1:57.38) and fourth in the 200 fly (1:53.34).

The Ute divers took the top three spots in the men's 1-meter with Nelson Foo leading the way, followed by Jake Crayne and Brandon Stoppelmoor. The three repeated the pattern in the 3-meter.



Traycie Swartz, Samantha Zuch and Nicole Ligeza headed the Utah effort on the women's side.

Swartz grabbed third in the 100 back (56.95), fourth in the 100 free (52.89) and contributed to the runner-up 400 free relay (3:31.74) along with Zuch, Maddie Jamora and Valerie McMullan.

Junior Zuch collected points for the Utes with two sixth-place finishes in the 500 free (5:04.06) and the 200 free (1:53.94).

Ligeza claimed the runner-up spot in the 200 IM (2:05.43), while also grabbing fifth-place finishes in the 100 breast (1:05.78) and the 200 breast (2:21.96).

Contributing as a freshman, Petra Soininen placed third in both the 200 IM (2:07.35) and the 100 fly (56.97), while also taking eighth in the 200 fly (2:07.00).

Other notable Ute performances include Jamora's fourth-place 50 free (24.42) and Danielle Caldwell's fourth-place 200 back (2:05.67).

In diving, Ellis Walters claimed second in the 1-meter and fourth in the 3-meter, while Jasmine Matkovic grabbed sixth in the 1-meter.

The Utah Women's team will compete at USC tomorrow at 12 p.m PT.

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