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Utah Swimming Finish First Day at USA Short Course Nationals

Traycie Swartz came in sixth in the 50 free.

Traycie Swartz came in sixth in the 50 free.

Dec. 5, 2013

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Utah swimming set five school records on the first day of completion at the USA Short Course Nationals, with the Utes’ nine swimmers going against some of the top swimmers in the nation.

“It's been another great day for our program,” said Utah head coach Joe Dykstra of the first day. “After swimming at a very high level two weeks ago in Missouri, I am proud of our athletes to be able to travel cross country and swim at an even higher level.”

Nick Soedel, Alex Fernandes, Kristian Kron, Ken Tiltges teamed together to win the consolation final of the the men’s 200 free relay with a school-record time of 1:19.56 to finish ninth. Soedel swam a 19.42 in his 50 yard segment to break his own school record. 

In the 400 medley relay, Kron, Tiltges, Fernandes and Soedel took seventh with a time of 3:11.87, also a school record. 

In the 50 free, Traycie Swartz came in sixth with a school-record time of 22.15. Swartz was top performer in her event which was won by Olympic Champion Natalie Coughlin. Kron added to the school records with a seventh-place finish in the 200 IM, swimming his best time of the day in the prelims (1:46.38). 



Nicole Ligeza touched in sixth in the 200 IM (2:00.43) after swimming a 2:00.12 in the preliminaries, finishing in 14th. It was her best time of the year and an NCAA B standard.

In the men’s 500 free, Bence Kiraly touched in fifth with a time of 4:19.25. Soedel took sixth in the 50 free (19.61).

Finishing out the day, the men tied for eleventh with the women ranked eleventh.

The competition will continue through tomorrow and Saturday. Preliminary sessions will begin at 9 a.m. ET and finals sessions with begin at 5 p.m. ET.

Live stats will be available at http://www.swmeets.com/Realtime/Winter%20Nats/2013/. 

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