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Utah Swimming and Diving Sends Three to NCAA Men's Championships

Nick Soedel will compete at NCAAs in all three sprint freestyle events.

Nick Soedel will compete at NCAAs in all three sprint freestyle events.

March 26, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY – For the first time in over 20 years, three athletes will represent the University of Utah at the NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships March 28-30. Sophomore Nick Soedel along with freshmen Kristian Kron and Josiah Purss will hit the water at IU Natatorium and the IUPUR Sports Complex in Indianapolis, Ind. for the final outing of the Utes' 2012-13 campaign.

Live results are available at http://results.teamunify.com/nsss/results/NCAA/2013Men/.

Nick Soedel

Hailing from Huntington Beach, Calif., Soedel has been a leader for the Utes since he joined the team in the fall of 2011. Despite recording a Utah school record in the 100 free last season, Soedel narrowly missed NCAA qualification. This season, he made the cut in all three sprint freestyle events.

Currently, Soedel stands at 15th in the country in the 100 free. If he can hold on to this position, he will gain All-American status. He is also ranked 25th in the 50 free and 36th in the 200 free.

Soedel holds Utah school records in the 50 free, 100 free and 200 free.

Kristian Kron

Kron came to Utah out of Handen, Sweden as the No. 12 recruit in the world and has now become a huge asset to the Utah Swimming program.

In November, Kron brought international recognition to the Utes when he competed at the Swedish National Championships. His first-place finish in the 200 back qualified him to represent his country at the World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey in December where he placed 20th in the 200 back and 27th in the 400 IM.

This season, Kron has broken multiple Utah school records, including the 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 back.

Kron has qualified for NCAAs in all three of his record events, holding 28th in the country in the 200 back, 31st in the 400 IM and 58th in the 200 IM.

Josiah Purss

Purss joined the Utes from Wauchope, Australia in January and has been a highlight on the Utes roster throughout the second half of the season. In his short tenure with the Utes, Purss has recorded a Utah school record in the 3-meter dive and has become only the second male diver in Utah history to qualify for the NCAA Championships.

At the Pac-12 Championships, Purss was the only Ute diver to place in the top ten of all three events, taking sixth in both the 3-meter and the platform and 10th in the 1-meter.

Utah's Schedule at the NCAA Championships

Nick Soedel

100 Free            Trials: Second Event of Saturday, Mar. 30 Morning Session

(Starting at 11 a.m. ET)

                                Finals: Second Event of Saturday, Mar. 30 Evening Session

(Starting at 7 p.m. ET)

50 Free              Trials: Fourth Event of Thursday, Mar. 28 Morning Session

(Starting at 11 a.m. ET)

                              Finals: Fourth Event of Thursday, Mar. 28 Evening Session

(Starting at 7 p.m. ET) 

200 Free           Trials: Fourth Event of Friday, Mar. 29 Morning Session

(Starting at 11 a.m. ET)

                              Finals: Fourth Event of Friday, Mar. 29 Evening Session

                              (Starting at 7 p.m. ET)

Kristian Kron

200 IM                Trials: Second Event of Thursday, Mar. 28 Morning Session

                                (Starting at 11 a.m. ET)

                              Finals: Third Event of Thursday, Mar. 28 Evening Session

                                (Starting at 7 p.m. ET) 

400 IM                Trials: Second Event of Friday, Mar. 29 Morning Session

                              (Starting at 11 a.m. ET)

                              Finals: Second Event of Friday, Mar. 29 Evening Session

                              (Starting at 7 p.m. ET)

200 Back           Trials: First Event of Saturday, Mar. 30 Morning Session

                              (Starting at 11 a.m. ET)

                              Finals: Second Event of Saturday, Mar. 30 Evening Session

                              (Starting at 7 p.m. ET)

Josiah Purss

1-Meter Dive   Trials: Fifth event of Thursday, Mar. 28 Morning Session

                          (Starting at 11 a.m. ET)

                          Finals: Fifth event of Thursday, Mar. 28 Evening Session

                             (Starting at 7 p.m. ET)

3-Meter Dive   Trials: Eighth event of Friday, Mar. 29 Morning Session

                                (Starting at 11 a.m. ET)

                                Finals: Seventh event of Friday, Mar. 29 Evening Session

                              (Starting at 7 p.m. ET)

Platform Dive  Trials: Sixth event of Saturday, Mar. 30 Morning Session

                              (Starting at 11 a.m. ET)

                                Finals: Sixth event of Saturday, Mar. 30 Evening Session

                               (Starting at 7 p.m. ET)


 

 

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