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Three Utes Invited to NCAA Men's Swimming Championships

Bence Kiraly won the Pac-12 title in the 1,650 free.

Bence Kiraly won the Pac-12 title in the 1,650 free.

March 12, 2014

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SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah men's swim team will send Bence Kiraly, Kristian Kron and Nick Soedel to the 2014 NCAA Championships, held March 27-29 in Austin, Texas. Utah is also eligible to compete in four relays at the NCAA Championships - the 200 free, 400 free, 800 free and 400 medley relay.

Soedel will be competing individually in the 50 free and 100 free. Soedel won the Pac-12 title in the 100 free, and currently has the third-fastest time in the country in the event (41.97). He has the 18th-fastest time in the NCAA in the 50 free (19.36).

Kiraly, who will be competing in the 1,650 free, is also coming off a Pac-12 championship in the event. He has the 20th-fastest time in the NCAA (14:58.37). Kron will be competing in the 200 back with the nation's 30th-fastest time in the event (1:42.41).

Utah has the 17th-fastest time in the country in the 800 free relay, with the time of 6:21.15 done by Kiraly, Soedel, Karl Holmstrom and Kron. The Utes have the 20th-fastest time in the NCAA in the 400 free relay. The third-place Pac-12 team of Soedel, Alex Fernandes, Holmstrom and Ken Tiltges swam a time of 2:53.41. The 200 free relay team of Soedel, Fernandes, Karson Applin and Tiltges has a season-best time of 1:18.59, which is 26th in the nation. The 400 medley relay team of Kron, Fernandes, Tiltges and Soedel have the 38th-fastest time in the NCAA in 3:11.87.

 

 

The men join women's team selections Stina Colleou, Traycie Swartz, Nicole Ligeza and Samantha Zuch. Utah is also eligible to compete in the 400 medley relay and 800 free relay. The women's championship will be held March 20-22 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Men's and women's diving selections will be selected following the Zone E Championships, hosted by Air Force beginning on Thursday, March 13.

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