Nick Soedel had the fourth-best time in the NCAA in the 100 free this year.
June 11, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's men's swimming and diving win over 12th-ranked Arizona was named as the 'Exciting Dual Meet Upset' to lead the Utes in the 2013-14 CollegeSwimmingAwards.com honors.
"It is always wonderful to receive national recognition," Utah head coach Joe Dykstra said. "Our upset of Arizona in a men's dual meet brought so much positive attention to our program and improvement and really was a sort of coming out party for our team on the national stage."
Utah defeated Arizona, 152-148 back on October 19, 2013, in the men's first dual meet of the season. The event came down to the final race, the 400 free relay. Nick Soedel, Alex Fernandes, Jonas Holmstrom and Ken Tiltges teamed up to grab the event victory while Bence Kiraly, David Fraser, Karson Applin and Alex Brown claimed third in the race. The 12 points in the event lifted the Utah men to the victory.
Soedel received honorable mention honors in the 'Male Breakout Athlete' category. Soedel's career-best time in the 100 free of 41.97 was the fourth-best in the country in the event this season and a Utah school record. He also broke school records in the 50 and 200 free events.
Traycie Swartz, who earned All-America honors in the 100 free with an 11th-place finish in the event at the NCAA Championships, and Samantha Zuch, who qualified for the NCAA Championships for the first time as a senior, were both honorable mention selections in the 'Female Career Improvement' category. Swartz shaved her time from 51.97 to 48:04 in the 100 free. She set school records in the 50 and 100 free this year. Zuch set school records in the 1,000 free and 1,650 free.
Utah assistant coach James Winchester, who is in his second year at Utah, earned honorable mention honors in both the women's and men's assistant coach categories.
Check out the College Swimming and Diving honors publication below for more information.