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Utah Swimming and Diving in Third After Day One of Purdue Invitational

Zuch takes third in 500 free.

Zuch takes third in 500 free.

Nov. 16, 2012

West Lafayette, Ind. – With day onebehind them, the University of Utah women’s swimming and diving team stands in third place with 128.5 points, while the Ute men are also third with 154 points.

“I am proud of how the team has come together as a group over the last three weeks,” said Utah head coach Greg Winslow. “We have focused on laying a strong foundation for our young team to build upon. Today, we saw success both in and out of the pool and our team camaraderie set the stage for the rest of the meet.  The smiles on the faces of our athletes reflected our performance in the pool."

On the women’s side, Louisville leads the pack (302.5), followed by Purdue in second (301). Cincinnati takes the fourth slot (65) behind the Utes, while Missouri State is fifth (63). Southern Illinois (53) and Michigan (23) round out the pack in sixth and seventh place, respectively.

Louisville also heads the men’s competition (266), with Purdue close behind in second (245). Utah is followed by Missouri State (99) in fourth and Southern Illinois (82) in fifth. Cincinnati (54) and Michigan (37) are sixth and seventh place, respectively.

Bence Kira’ly breaks former Ute Shawn Rowland ‘s 24-year-old school record, topping the 500 free with an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 4:23.22.

Nick Soedel took third in the 50 free with an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 20.03, with Alexandre Fernades just behind in ninth (20.70) and Bjorn Gunnarsson in 10th (20.73).

Ryan Hansen earned 11th in the 500 free (4:32.17), while Ian Clark placed 14th in the 200 IM (1:53.62).

Traycie Swartz earned the Ute women’s highest place of the day, tying for second with Louisville’s Kelsi Worrell in the 50 free with a time of 22.79 and also earning an NCAA ‘B’ cut time.



Nicole Ligeza placed fifth in the 200 IM (2:02.26), earning the second-fastest time in school history.

Samantha Zuch and Kayla Buck racked up points for the Utes, finishing third and 12th (4:54.86) in the 500 free (4:51.93).

Petra Soinien contributed a ninth-place finish in the 200 IM (2:03.13).

Utah relays continued their pattern of success with Swartz, Ligeza, Soininen and Zuch taking second in the 400 medley relay (3:40.66). Swartz, Zuch and Soininen were joined by Maddie Jamora for a third-place finish in the 200 free relay (1:32.74).

The Utah men’s relays performed for the Utes as the team of Soedel, Gunnarsson, Fernandes and Kevin Riazanov took third in the 200 free relay (1:21.92).

Brandon Stoppelmoor led the men’s diving effort, taking sixth in the 1-meter with Caleb Herrick close behind in eighth.

The Utes resume competition tomorrow morning with preliminaries beginning at 10 a.m. CT. Final races will take place at 6 p.m. CT. 

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