Freshman Nick Soedel holds Utah's 100 free record
Feb. 29, 2012
The Utah men’s swimming team heads to Los Angeles, Calif. to compete at the Pac-12 Conference Championships at the East Los Angeles College Swim Center. The meet will begin Wednesday evening and continue through Saturday. The Ute men will face the top swimmers in the country and four nationally-ranked teams.
Live result are available at <http://www.socalswim.org/htresults/2012MensPac12/.>
Utah After Utah’s performance at the Women’s Pac-12 Championships last week, the Ute men have high expectations and hope to smash more Utah records.
“It’s all about times,” said Utah junior Karson Applin. “The goal for all of us this week is to get cut times and to make the NCAA Championships.”
Freshman Nick Soedel enters the championships having broken his 50 free personal record four times throughout the season (20.13) and having earned a Utah record in the 100 free (43.84) against USC two weeks ago. His 100 free time ranks him 62nd in the country and 16th in the Pac-12.
The team of Soedel, Applin, Bjorn Gunnarsson and Ken Tiltges touched in a time out 2:57.64 in the 400 free relay against USC to break the school record for the second year in a row. The Utes’ time sets them 41st in the country.
Applin is ranked 16th in the Pac-12 and 72nd in the country for his 100 fly time of 48.02. He also placed 17th in the conference in the 100 breast (55.31), while teammate Tiltges is 20th (55.87).
Scouting the Opposition
The Cardinal has captured 30 consecutive conference championships, the longest streak in conference history, and is currently ranked third in the nation. They are lead by All-American seniors Cad La Tourette and Bobby Bollier.
USC finished 4-3 overall and 2-3 in the Pac-12 this season. The Trojans finished third in the Pac last season and are ranked fifth nationally. The team employs two All-American sophomores, Vladimir Morozov and Dimitri Colupaev, and an All-American senior Jeff Daniels.
The Golden Bears are hold the sixth spot in the national rankings and stand as the reining NCAA Champions.
The Wildcat men held a perfect record in dual meets this season and are ranked first in the nation. Five Wildcat swimmers and the Arizona 400 medley relay team hold the fastest times in the country, while seven others hold top-five times and five more are in the top-10.
The Utah women’s swimming and diving squad took on the Pac-12 at the Championships in Federal Way, Wash. The Ute women finished seventh, breaking numerous personal records and three school records along the way.
Traycie Swartz brought home three individual top-10 finishes for the Utes in the 100 free (ninth), the 100 back (eighth) and the 50 free (fifth). She managed PR’s in all three events and earned school records in the 100 back (52.87) and the 50 free (22.32). Her time in the 50 free was an NCAA ‘B’ cut time and stands as the 18th fastest time in the country.
Swartz, Caron, Maddie Jamora, and Zuch teamed up to take fourth in the 200 free relay (1:30.69) and earned a school record in the process. The Utes recorded the 22nd-fastest time in the country.
Caron and Melissa Paakh took 20th and 22nd in the 200 fly, while recording the second and third fastest times in Ute history (2:00.59 and 2:01.88).
Caron also snagged 13th place for the Utes in the 200 IM (2:00.29).
Zuch, Caron, Jamora and Swartz cut six seconds off their seed time for a seventh-place finish in the 400 free relay (3:20.17).
Zuch grabbed 18th in the 200 free (1:48.87) and Caron did the same in the 100 fly (53.83). Kayla Buck grabbed 20th in the 500 free with a lifetime best of 4:23.23.
Nicole Ligeza recorded the second-fastest time in Ute history to place 20th in the 200 breast (2:17.25), while LeighAnne Oliver recorded Utah’s fourth-fastest time in the 1650 free and Buck earned Utah’s eighth-fastest time in the same event (17:10.37).Oliver and Buck took 14th and 17th as both women cut nearly 30 seconds off their previous personal records.
Swimming the second-fastest time in Ute history,Zuch touched in 4:48.93 in the 500 free prelims. She took 16th in the final heat.
Leading the Ute divers, Nelson Foo earned the Utes only podium finish of the Championships as he placed third in platform dives with 310.37 points. Caleb Herrick earned eighth in the event, while Brandon Stoppelmoor was 14th.
In the men’s 1-meter dives, Herrick grabbed another eighth-place finish. Stoppelmoor took 11th and Foo took 12th.
The 3-meter dives found Foo in front for the Utes, placing fifth. Herrick landed in 10th and Stoppelmoor brought home 14th.
On day two, Walters grabbed sixth in the in the 3-meter, while Matkovic brought home 16th. The platform dives landed Walters in 10th and Matkovic in 11th.
Next Time Out
Next week, the NCAA Women’s Championships commence on Thursday in Auburn, Ala. and run through Saturday. The NCAA Men’s Championships will take place March 22-24 in Federal Way, Wash.