Jasmine Matkovic qualified for NCAA Zones.
Nov. 23, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo- Utah Swimming and Diving finish out its third and final day at the Missouri Invitational with the men's team finishing second (937.5) as well as the women's team with 698 points.
"What an unbelievable three days for our program!" said Utah head coach Joe Dykstra on the final day. "We are putting up times that are far superior to what the team did at the Pac-12's last year. On very short rest, some of the top people unshaved, we had five school records within the first three heats in this evening session. You can't ask for a better start to a session than that and it really steamrolled from there.
Highlights of the day include school record breakers Sami Zuch, who took first in the 1650 free (16:19.30), and first place Bence Kiraly in the 1650 free (15:02.41). Both are in NCAA B-cuts that would have been invited last year. Fifth place Amanda Barrett broke the school records in the 200 back in the prelims and bested that time in the finals (1:57.98). In diving, earning fourth place on platform dives, Jasmine Matkovic qualified for NCAA Zones for the first time (232.15).
"I'm very happy with how the divers performed this weekend," said Utah head diving coach Richard Marshner said. "Jacob Crayne took a big step to really establish in himself an elite diver, beating some of the best divers in the nation, including last year's SEC diver of the year. The girls had a rough first day but rebounded really well to Jasmine qualifying for Zone on platform so everyone's now qualified for Zone's on platform. Overall, a great meet for everyone."
Petra Soininen claimed second in the 200 fly with a time of 1:58.52. Melissa Paahk took fifth in the event (2:02.14).
Nolan Rogers tied for fifth in the 200 breast (2:01.28) along with Nate Carr from West Virginia.
In the 200 fly, Dave Fraser took fourth with a time of 1:49.42 with Luis Macias following (1:49.53).
"I'm so proud of the team and the coaches for the way everyone came together and fed off each other's positive energy and pushed each other to top performances that quite frankly, a lot our athletes thought weren't possible for this time of the season," Dykstra said. "We have to keep pushing forward and keep working harder and know we have to get better for the second half."
The team will compete at the USA Short Course Nationals in Knoxville, Tennessee on Dec. 5-7, in their next meet.