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Two School Records Highlight Utah Swimming and Diving Second Day at Missouri Invitational

Nicole Ligeza broke the school record in the 100 breast.

Nicole Ligeza broke the school record in the 100 breast.

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."
On the women’s side, Swartz, Nicole Ligeza, Petra Soininen and Giuliana Gigliotti teamed up for fourth place in the 200 medley relay (1:41.27).
Teaming up to take second in the 800 free relay was Amanda Barrett, Samantha Zuch, Selin Ozturk and Maryssa McArthur (7:20.76). Taking sixth place with a time of  7:26.91 was team of Gigliotti, Swartz, Jenna Griffith and Kylie Boyce.
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.
In diving, Jacob Crayne took third (339.55).
“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.
Visit http://new.livestream.com/mizzou  for a live stream of the sessions and diving results at www.DiveMeets.com. 



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