Jan. 25, 2012
University of Utah Swimming and Diving heads south to Provo on Friday to compete against rival BYU in the Deseret First Duel at 6 p.m., at the Richards Building Pool. This will be the Ute women's last regular season meet as they will heading next to the Pac-12 Championships on Feb. 22-24 in Federal Way, Wash.
QUOTING UTAH HEAD COACH Greg Winslow
"The history between these two schools and what it means to our alumni makes this rivalry fun and exciting. We prepare the same way going into such a competitive meet as we do any other one. We are focusing on NCAA times and doing as well as we can at the Pac-12 Championships. For our women, this will be their last chance to practice race strategies. We are working to gain confidence going into Pac-12s."
LAST TIME OUT
At Stevens Natatorium, the Utes fell to Oregon State 147.5-114.5 and UCLA 176-81 on Jan. 14.
Traycie Swartz continued her win streak as she topped the 100 back (55.23) and the 100 free (50.48). Swartz took second in the 50 free (23.67), touching in just .11 seconds behind UCLA's Cynthia Fascella.
Also bringing in a win, Samantha Zuch fought for the top spot in the 500 free (4:59.41), while also taking second in the 100 breast (1:05.41).
The 200 free relay team of Zuch, Hannah Caron, Danielle Caldwell and Maddie Jamora brought in a win with a time of 1:37.58. Swartz, Zuch, Caron and Caldwell also earned points by taking the runner-up spot in the 200 medley relay.
The Utes and Cougars last faced off in the final meet of the 2010-11 regular season on Feb. 4, 2011. BYU defeated the Utah women, 161-139, and Utah men, 156-143.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Last week, the Cougars visited Denver University where both the BYU men and women were ultimately out-swam by the Pioneers.
BYU's Alia Welch took first in the 100 and 200 fly, while Londyn Clawson got the top spot in the 200 breast. Stott Bushnell, Samuel Bates, David Armstrong along with former Ute, Garret Beaman finished first in the 400 free relay.
After 37 seasons as BYU's head swimming coach, Tim Powers announced his plans to retire after the 2012 season. During his stay, Powers has led BYU to 17 conference titles and coached his athletes to 46 All-American awards, 32 Academic All-American Awards and 10 Olympic competitors.
"For [Powers] to stay loyal to a team for 37 years says a lot," said Winslow. "It is amazing what he has contributed to our sport. We are honored to be his last career duel meet and we wish him the best of luck."
Ute men will compete in their final meet of the regular season seeing USC in Los Angeles at the McDonald's Olympic Swim Stadium at 12 p.m. PT.