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Utes put on a show, but fall to the Cardinal

The men work together to impress against the Cardinal

The men work together to impress against the Cardinal

Oct. 20, 2011

Palo Alto, Calif. - The University of Utah swimming and diving team faced the reining Pac-10 Conference swimming and diving champions Friday at the Avery Aquatic Center. The Utes proved they could compete in the newly-formed Pac-12, but Stanford came out with wins in both meets, (M - 155-124; W - 180-112).

"It was great to go against one of the best teams in the country," said Utah head coach Greg Winslow. "I was very impressed with our fight against the reining Pac-10 champions. We set a new standard for ourselves and we are looking forward to seeing Stanford again in March."

The Utah women's diving team put on a great performance as Ellis Walters was runner up in both the 3-meter (270.60) and 1-meter (274.73) dives while Jasmine Matkovic took fourth in the 3-meter (226.88) and the 1-meter (230.55).

Nicole Ligeza brought home a win in the 100 breast (1:06.51) and third place in the 200 breast (2:25.36). She also took fourth place in the 200 IM (2:07.69) and contributed to the fourth place 400 medley relay (4:00.39).

Freshman Madeline Jamora impressed as she placed fifth in the 50 free (24.50), second with the 400 medley relay (3:49.97) and finished third with the 200 free relay team (1:35.69).

LeighAnne Oliver racked up points for the Utes with a third-place finish in the 100 breast (1:08.94), fifth place in the 1000 free (10:37.35) and fourth in the 200 breast.

A time of 55.73 gave Hannah Caron third place in the 100 fly, followed by Melissa Paakh (58.78) in fifth and Lindsay McSweeney in sixth (1:04.71). Ligeza placed fourth in the 200 IM with Kayla Buck (2:11.55) and Sarah Cox (2:12.08) close behind in sixth and seventh.



The third-place 200 free relay consisted of Traycie Swartz, Samantha Zuch, Caron and Jamora (1:35.69). Valerie McMullan, Danielle Caldwell, Oliver and Al Jamora made up the fifth-place squad (1:40.74).

Other Ute performances included a second-place 500 free for Samantha Zuch (5:04.42), Caldwell's third-place finish in the 200 back (2:05.44) and a third-place 100 back spot for Swartz (58.30).

The Cardinal men snuck by the Utes with a 31-point victory as the Utah men put together a real team effort with top finishes by a variety of swimmers.

Nick Soedel took the win in the 50 free with a time of 20.65, one of the fastest times in the country. Soedel also contributed a third-place finish in the 100 free (45.86) and third place finishes with the 400 medley (3:27.26) and 200 free (1:24.01) relay teams.

Major Robinson, Karson Applin and Winter Heaven made up the rest of the 400 medley crew while the 200 free relay was comprised of Bjorn Gunnarsson, Heaven and Applin.

Ryan Hansen took home fifth place in the 1000 free (9:51.81) and was closely followed by Graham Charlton in sixth (10:15.75).

Close finishes from Heaven, Eric Murray, Alex Brown and Brandton Ferrin, with times of 1:44.32, 1:44.35, 1:45.11 and 1:45.41, gave the Utes the fifth through eighth spots in the 200 free.

Applin grabbed the runner-up spot in the 100 fly (50.37) with Heaven coming in fifth in the same event (54.66).

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