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2006-07 Men's Swimming and Diving Season-in-Review

Utah finished the season with a 5-6 overall record and a 2-3 MWC record.

Utah finished the season with a 5-6 overall record and a 2-3 MWC record.

March 13, 2007

The Utah men's swimming and diving team finished its 2006-07 campaign with a 5-6 overall record and a 2-3 record in MWC competition. At the 2007 MWC Championships, Utah finished fifth with 459.5 points.

The Utes started strong with big wins over Denver and UC San Diego, but then dropped a meet against UNLV. The men then competed at the Purdue Invitational where they beat Louisville and lost to Georgia, Penn State and Purdue, in the four meets. In early December Utah faced more of the top competition in the nation at the Ohio State Invitational. At the OSU Invitational, Andrew Jones set a school platform diving record with a score of 269.40, and the Utes finished fifth-place.

In the second half of the season the Utes went .500 in the conference, losing to TCU and BYU, but beating Wyoming and upsetting an Air Force team that was receiving votes for the top-25 in the nation. In the meet against the Falcons, Utah came from behind and won the final two events to get the win 154-146.

At the 2007 MWC Championships the Utes performed well and saw Jones place second in the one-meter diving with a score of 310.55. Michel DeCarolis finished second in the 100 breast in a time of 55.25. DeCarolis added a third-place finish in the 200 breast (2:02.48) on the last day of competition. Also, Andrew Cole helped the Utes with a time of 1:48.91 in the 200 back to finish third. After two days of the Championships, Utah moved into fourth-place overall, but couldn't hold that position and fell to fifth at the conclusion of the four-day meet.

Utah's athletes were awarded the MWC Athlete of the Week award four times this season. On Oct. 25, 2006, Adam Oliver was named MWC Swimmer of the Week. The next week on Nov. 1, 2006, Andrew Jones won the first of back-to-back MWC Diver of the Week awards. Jones would earn the award for the third time of the season on Dec. 6, 2006.

Jones, along with teammate Damien Brown each qualified for the NCAA Diving Zone E Regional.

Six men were named to the all-MWC team for the Utes, they are:

Seamus Alger (400 IM, 200 Fly)
Damien Brown (one-meter dive)
Andrew Cole (200 Back)
Michel DeCarolis (100 Breast, 200 Breast)
Marco Ferraro (1650 Free)
Andrew Jones (one-meter dive, three-meter dive, platform)



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