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Utah Men's Swimming and Diving Season Review

Applin, Soedel and Heaven all set Utah records this season

Applin, Soedel and Heaven all set Utah records this season

March 27, 2012

With the 2011-2012 Men's Swimming and Diving campaign at a close, the Ute men drew a fifth-place finish at their first Pac-12 Championships, beating out UCSB, Arizona State and Cal Poly. The men held a 6-6 overall record and were 1-3 in conference meets.

The season began on Oct. 8, 2011 at the Intermountain Shootout in Grand Junction, Colo. Collecting points from all sides, the Ute men reigned victorious in both duel meets, topping Colorado Mesa (270-83) and Air Force (190-164).

The men then took on nationally ranked Stanford and Cal back-to back. The Utes fell to the Cardinal 155-124 and to the Golden Bears 158-119.

In the first home meet of the season, the Utes faced UNLV in Ute Natatorium. Austin Fiascone energized the pool after beating honorable mention All-American Cody Roberts for the 100 fly meet title. The men ultimately were defeated by the Rebels 165.6-128.5.

The men squeezed out a win against Air Force at Cadet Natatorium 152-148, pulling ahead in the home stretch with wins in the final four events of the night.

At CSM Natatorium, the Utes outscored the Ore Diggers 109-88. In an unusual event, the divers joined the swim team, assisting in the first, second and fifth place 200 free relay teams. Karson Applin brought in two wins for the Utes.

Pitted against Seattle University and Denver in Denver, Colo. freshman Nick Soedel won both his individual events and earned a new personal record in the 50 free (20.35). The Utes bested Seattle University (153-68) and fell to Denver (133.50-96.50).

The divers competed at the Wildcat invitational in Tuscan Ariz. against nearly 90 divers from 17 different schools. Nelson Foo grabbed the Utes highest place of the meet, narrowly missing a podium and taking fourth on the platform. Brandon Stoppelmoor recorded a lifetime best in the event and placed 10th.



Utah Swimming and Diving then had almost a month between meets, ending in the middle of November and picking back up on Dec. 18 at the Incarnate Word Invitational. Soedel broke his PR in the 50 free for the second time in two meets (20.18), while also swimming a lifetime best in the 100 free (44.50).

The men grabbed their first Pac-12 win of the season, beating out Arizona State on senior day at Ute Natatorium. Senior Eric Murray won the 200 IM to round out his home Utah career.

The Desert First Duel was next, banking the Utes against the Cougars in a high-intensity meet. Ryan Hansen snagged two wins in distance freestyle, while Soedel also won two sprint freestyle events. Major Robinson earned a first-place spot as did Karson Applin. BYU came out on top at the conclusion of the night 161-139.

Utah headed to USC for their final meet of the regular season. The Utes broke two school records, the 400 free relay and the 100 free, in their loss to the Trojans (157-138).

The Ute divers competed in Federal Way, Wash. alongside the Utah Women at the Pac-12 Championships. Nelson Foo earned the Utes only podium finish, placing third in platform dives. Foo also snagged fifth in the 3-meter, while Caleb Herrick brought home two eighth-place finishes.

The men hit their stride just in time to show off at the Men's Pac-12 Championships in Los Angeles, Calif. The Utes came out fired up from the start, breaking two school records in the first event of the Championship, the 800 free relay (Soedel, Winter Heaven, Bjorn Gunnarsson, Major Robinson). The Utes continued to break records throughout the meet, claiming Utah all-time fastest swims in the 200 medley relay (Austin Fiascone, Ken Tiltges, Applin, Soedel), the 200 free relay (Soedel, Gunnarsson, Applin, Alexandre Fernandes), 400 medley relay (Fernandes, Tiltges, Applin, Soedel) and the 400 free relay (Soedel, Applin, Gunnarsson, Tiltges). Individual event records were broken in the 200 IM by Tiltges, the 100 fly by Applin and the 200 back by Robinson. 19 other Ute swims ranked top-10 all-time.

Utah Diving wrapped up its season at the NCAA Zone Diving Championships in Federal Way, Wash. Foo and Brandon Stopplemoor collectively took home three top-25 finishes.

Utah Men's Swimming and Diving says farewell to three seniors, Eric Murray, Eric Bonicelli and Major Robinson.


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