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Utah Swimming and Diving Concludes Purdue Invitational

Nicole Ligeza misses 200 breast school record by .01 seconds.

Nicole Ligeza misses 200 breast school record by .01 seconds.

Nov. 18, 2012

West Lafayette, Ind. – The three-day Purdue Invitational concluded today with the University of Utah women’s swimming and diving team placing third and the Utah men also taking third.

Purdue led the women’s competition (1119) and was followed by Louisville (1026.5). Utah grabbed third (343), as Missouri State trailed in fourth (258.5) and Cincinnati was fifth (211). Southern Illinois (159) and Michigan (117) rounded out the group in sixth and seventh.

Louisville topped the pack with 1031 points on the men’s side. Purdue was second (802), Utah was third (462) and Missouri State tailed in fourth (429). Southern Illinois came away with fifth (238) and was followed by Michigan (198) and Cincinnati (143).

“We had some amazing swims today,” said Utah head coach Greg Winslow. “I think this is a great place for us to be half way through the season. We’re looking forward to getting back to work, I think this will motivate us for the rest of the season. I’m excited about Utah Swimming and Diving.”

Nicole Ligeza swam the second-fastest time 200 breast time in school history, touching in at 2:16.19, just .01 shy of the Utah record.

Petra Soininen collected points for the Utes with a 13th-place finish in the 200 back (2:03.86). Danielle Caldwell finished just behind, taking 14th (2:04.34).

Valerie McMullan nabbed 13th in the 100 free (52.08), while Brittani Finlayson took 14th in the 200 breast (2:23.01).

The team of Sami Zuch, Valerie McMullan, Caldwell and Soininen grabbed third in the 400 free relay (3:28.09).

Kristian Kron was once again a front-runner for the Utah men, as he grabbed the runner-up slot in the 200 back (1:45.55). Ian Walker earned a 14th-place finish in the same event (1:52.59).

Bence Kira’ly earned second in the 200 fly (1:49.59) and was followed by David Fraser in 10th (1:51.95).

Bjorn Gunnarsson and Alexandre Fernandes finished back-to-back in the 100 free with 12th- (45.41) and 13th-place (45.50) finishes, while Brandon Young took 14th in the 200 breast (2:07.50).

Fernandes, Gunnarsson, Kron and Nick Soedel collaborated for second place in the 400 free relay (2:58.46).  

The Utes take the weekend off before facing the Cougars in the Deseret Duel on Dec. 1, at Ute Natatorium. Competition commences at 5 p.m.




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