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