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Utah Men's Swimming Heads to Pac-12 Championships

The Utes men head to the Pac-12 Championships.

The Utes men head to the Pac-12 Championships.

March 3, 2014

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Utah Men's Swimming Heads to Pac-12 Championships 

Action goes from March 5-8.

 SALT LAKE CITY- Utah men's swimming heads to the Pac-12 Championships this Wednesday, March 5 in Federal Way, Wash. at the King Country Aquatic Center. The meet goes through Saturday, March 8.

 After a very successful Pac-12 Championships with the women who took sixth, Utah head coach Joe Dykstra also looks to see the same success from the men.

 "Our men's team is very excited to go to Washington and get the Pac-12 Championships started. After a very successful women's meet, the guys will also look to vastly increase our team point total from last year and get a bunch of individuals and most of our relays qualified for NCAA's," Dykstra said. 

 The Utes are led by junior Nick Soedel, who has the eighth-fastest time in the NCAA in the 100 free with an NCAA `A' time in the event, and has the 18th fastest time in the NCAA in the 50 free. Currently, his 100 free time is the fastest time in the Pac-12 while his 50 free is currently second. Also leading the Utes is sophomore Bence Kiraly whose 1,000 free is the 11th -fastest time in the NCAA. It is the fourth-fastest time in the Pac-12 and is a Ute school record. The Utes also have five times that rank in the top-10 in the Pac-12, including Soedel's 200 free (fourth) and Alex Fernandes in the 100 fly (eighth). 


 

 

 There have been seven school records broken as well as fourteen NCAA B standard times for the Utes. For more on each swimmer, see "The Utes at a Glance" below.

Utah has been receiving votes in the CSCAA top 25 throughout the season.

The Ute divers competed in conjunction with the women's meet, but their results will be added into the men's Pac-12 scores. Jacob Crayne and Josiah Purss have qualified for the NCAA Zone E Championships which will be held March 13-15. Purss finished third on the 1-meter and sixth on the platform at Pac-12's, while Crayne was sixth on the 1-meter.

The Utes finished in fifth last year at the Pac-12 Championships (290.5).

 Recapping the Season

The Ute men finished the duel meet season at 5-2. The Utes have Pac-12 wins against Arizona and Arizona State, as well as victories over UNLV and BYU. Utah's losses came to #4 USC and Denver.

The Utes at a Glance

Nick Soedel

 50 free - 19.42 - 18th fastest time in the NCAA, second fastest time in the Pac-12,  School record, NCAA B Time.

100 free - 42.50 - eighth fastest time in the NCAA, fastest time in the Pac-12,  School record, NCAA A Time. 

200 free - 1:35.02 - 36th fastest time in NCAA, fourth fastest time in the NCAA, School record, NCAA B time. 

Alex Fernandes 

100 fly - 47.08 - 42nd fastest time in the NCAA, tied for eighth fastest time in the Pac-12, School record, NCAA B time.

Bence Kiraly

500 free - 4:19.24 - 38th fastest time in the NCAA, fourth fastest time in the Pac-12, School record, NCAA B time. 

1,000 free - 9:05.29 - 11th fastest time in the NCAA, fourth fastest time in the Pac-12, School record.

1,650 free - 15:02.41 - 24th fastest time in the NCAA, third fastest time in the Pac-12, School record, NCAA B time. 

400 Individual Medley - 3:51.05 - 11th fastest time in the Pac-12, NCAA B time. 

 Ken Tiltges 

100 free - 44.35 - tied for the 25th fastest time in the Pac-12. 

100 breast - 54.46 - eighth fastest time in the Pac-12, NCAA B time.

Jonas Holmstrom

200 free - 1:37.56 - 25th fastest time in the Pac-12, NCAA B time

Luis Macias

500 free - 4:29.68 - 25th fastest time in the Pac-12. 

Andy Cunningham

1000 free - 9:19.50 - 13th fastest time in the Pac-12.

1,650 free - 15:34.98 - 15th fastest time in the Pac-12. 

200 back - 1:48.55 - 22nd fastest time in the Pac-12. 

Evan Indahl

1000 free - 9:33.43 - 25th fastest time in the Pac-12.

1,650 free - 15:56.47 - 20th fastest time in the Pac-12. 

Oscar Slaatmo

1,650 free - 16:09.61 - 23rd fastest time in the Pac-12. 

 Karson Applin

100 breast - 55.73 - 25th fastest time in the Pac-12. 

100 fly - 48.31 - 24th fastest time in the Pac-12. 

Nolan Rogers

200 breast - 2:01.28 - 20th fastest time in the Pac-12. 

Ian Clarke

200 breast - 2:01.90 - 22nd fastest time in the Pac-12. 

400 Individual Medley - 3:52.75 - 17th fastest time in the Pac-12, NCAA B time. 

Kristian Kron

200 fly - 1:47.18 - 19th fastest time in the Pac-12, NCAA B time.

400 Individual Medley - 3:48.30 - eighth fastest time in the Pac-12, NCAA B time.

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