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Utah Swimming and Diving Shoots Past Boise State and Colorado Mesa

Utah head coach Joe Dyktra addresses the team after the meet.

Utah head coach Joe Dyktra addresses the team after the meet.

Oct. 25, 2013

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SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's swimming and diving teams picked up two wins today with the men beating Colorado Mesa and 187-107 and the women beating Boise State 188-112. Utah won 24 or 32 races, collecting victories from 13 different athletes, and went 3-for-4 on the diving events. 

"This was an all-around team effort," said Utah head coach Joe Dykstra. "Swimmers, divers, seniors, underclassmen, our trainers, massage therapists. It was a total team effort out there. Everyone stepped up their game from where they've been the first couple meets and I think the results speak for themselves." 

The Utah men came right out of the gate with a victory as Nick Soedel, Kyle Owens, Karson Applin and Bence Kiraly topped the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:36.06.

The win streak continued as sophomore Andy Cunningham came away with the win in the 1000 free (9:40.68) and Soedel topped the 200 free (1:39.35). 

Utah failed to take the top spot in the 100 back, but Brendan Nguyen and Alex Brown claimed second and third in the race (54.16, 54.17).

Tiltges then claimed the 100 breast crown (58.41) with Brandon Young close behind, finishing second (59.76).

The Utes went one, two, three in the 200 fly with Kristian Kron leading the way with a time of 1:51.00. Luis Macias touched in second (1:53.10), while Applin rounded out the top-three (1:59.85).

Alex Fernandes recorded a time of 21.37 in the 50 free to grab first-place, while also taking the top spot in the 100 free (46.35). 

The Utah women also began the meet on a high note as Traycie Swartz, Stina Colleou, Petra Soininen and Giuliana Gigliotti touched in first in the 200 free (1:43.97).

Swartz, Colleou and Soininen each collected multiple victories in their respective individual events. Swartz in the 100 back (56.31) and the 100 free (51.39), Colleou in the 100 and 200 breast (1:04.57, 2:18.19) breast and Soininen in the 100 and 200 fly (55.74, 2:03.01).

Senior co-captain Samantha Zuch claimed first in the 1000 free (10:20) and the 500 free (5:02.10), while also taking third in the 200 free (1:53.63).

Junior transfer Amanda Barrett grabbed first in the 200 back (2:02.16) and second in the 200 free (1:52.89).

Nicole Ligeza snagged first in the 200 IM (2:05.54), while Gigliotti and Maddie Jamora went two-three in the 50 free (23.95, 24.35).

"The women really came to play today," said Dykstra. "They stepped up the intensity, the enthusiasm and the execution from last week, which is exactly what we needed to beat a very good Boise State team. Make no mistake, that's probably the best mid-major program in the country right now. We performed at a really high level today. It's by far our best duel meet of the year. This was a really good step in the right direction."

 The Utes take on UNLV at Ute Natatorium Nov. 8 at 6 p.m.




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