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University of Utah Compete in NCAA Zone Diving Championships

Ellis Walters

Ellis Walters

March 7, 2012

This Week

The Utah diving team will be in USAFA, Colo. at the NCAA Zone Diving Championships March 8-10. The Utes will compete alongside 72 of the top divers in the country in the 1-meter, 3-meter and platform dives.


Ellis Walters

Walters is coming off a lifetime-best performance at the Pac-12 Championships in 1-meter dives. Earning 304.99 points she narrowly missed a spot on the podium and took fourth. Walter also snagged sixth in the 3-meter (296.10) and placed 10th in platform dives (201.50).

Jasmine Matkovic

Freshman Matkovic grabbed 11th in platform dives (199.05) and 16th in the 3-meter (296.10). She tied Cal's Khley Rowell in the 1-meter to split 13th (242.25).

Nelson Foo

Foo brought home the Utes only podium finish of the Pac-12 Championships; jumping up from seventh in the preliminary round to place third in the platform dive finals (310.37). Foo also took fifth in the 3-meter (342.45) and 12th in the 1-meter (265.5).

Brandon Stoppelmoor

Stoppelmoor grabbed 11th for the Utes in the 1-meter (269.00), while finishing 14th in the 3-meter. He scored 174.30 points in platform dives to take 14th.

Last Week

Utah Men's Swimming and Diving competed in Los Angeles, Calif. at East Los Angeles College Swim Stadium. The Utes had a week for the books, breaking records daily.

The Ute relays shone as five out of five relay teams recorded the fastest times in Utah history. It began with the 800 free relay made up of Nick Soedel, Winter Heaven, Bjorn Gunnarsson and Major Robinson. The men touched in 1:37.50 to take sixth.

Austin Fiascone, Ken Tiltges, Karson Applin and Soedel touched in a time of 1:27.81 in the 200 medley relay for fifth place and the record.

Soedel, Gunnarsson, Applin and Alexandre Fernandes grabbed the record in the 200 free relay (1:19.94) and another sixth-place finish.

The 400 medley relay record was broken by Fernandes, Tiltges, Applin and Soedel. With a time of 3:14.19, the team placed fifth.

In the final event of the Championships, Soedel, Applin, Gunnarsson and Tiltges broke the record in the 400 free relay by over three seconds and earned the 24th fastest time in the country (2:54.40).

In other events, Tiltges dropped more than five seconds from his previous best 200 IM time to snap a 25-year-old school record with a finals time of 1:48.59.

In the 100 fly, Applin surpassed Mike Green (1998) to take over the Utah record with a time of 47.27 in the preliminaries. He touched in 47.54 in the finals to take seventh.

Robinson improved from third place all-time to take the record in the 200 back with a time of 1:45.47 in the 200 back preliminaries. Robinson took 15th in the event (1:45.72).

Other Ute swims that ranked in the top-10 all-time include:

Next Time Out

Next week, Traycie Swartz will compete in the NCAA Women's Championships beginning Thursday, March 15 in Auburn, Ala. and running through Saturday, March 17.

The NCAA Men's Championships will take place March 22-24 in Federal Way, Wash.




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