Nov. 22, 2013
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COLUMBIA, Mo.– Utah Swimming and Diving had another strong day at the Missouri Invitational with the men standing second after day two with 596 points and the women in third (463).
Highlights were two school records from Nicole Ligeza
in the 100 breast (1:01.90) during prelims and fifth place Amanda Barrett
in the 400 IM (4:18.87). Traycie Swartz came up victorious in the 100 back with a time of 53.50.
Taking the win in the 800 free relay was the team of Kristian Kron, Nick Soedel
, Bence Kiraly
, and Jonas Holmstroem (6:27.65). Kersten Merry
took third in 1-meter dive (278.50). On the men’s side, Josiah Purss
took second in the 3-meter dive (376.55).
“What a great session for us overall. It was a really good day,” Utah head coach Joe Dykstra
said. “We had a couple school records; Nicole Ligeza
in the 100 breast this morning, Amanda Barrett
in the 400 IM, and lifetime bests all around. A couple of great diving performances; Kersten Merry
third on 1-meter and Josiah Purrs got second on the 3-meter. The divers are doing a really good job. Our 800 free on the men’s side put up the fastest time in the nation so far this year which is exciting considering they are all unshaved. We will take a crack at going a lot faster than that in two weeks at US Nationals. Another highlight would be the 400 IM on the men’s side where four guys in the final all made NCAA B-cut."
Boyce took sixth in the 400 IM (4:21.80)
Sami Zuch took 10th in the 200 free (1:48.88).
On the men’s side, Alex Fernandes, Ken Tiltges
, Karson Applin and Nick Soedel
came together to touch in at fourth place in the 200 medley relay (1:28.04).
In the 400 IM, Kron took third (3:48.78) with Bence Kiraly
following in fourth (3:51.05). Ian Clarke
took sixth (3:52.75) and Nolan Rogers
was in seventh (3:53.35) in the event.
Jonas Holmstroem placed seventh in the 200 free with a time of 1:38.41.
Tiltges touched in sixth place in the 100 breast (55.58).
Placing 12th in the 100 breast was Ian Walker
with a time of 50.83.
“All in all, we were loaded up with B-cuts, best times, a lot of enthusiasm on deck," Dykstra said. "I think everyone is excited for the third and final day of this competition.”
The Utes will continue competition tommorow beginning with prelims at 10 a.m. CT and finals starting at 6 p.m.