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Utah Swimming and Diving Start the Season Strong

First Day of Competition is a Success for the Utes

First Day of Competition is a Success for the Utes

Oct. 8, 2011

SALT LAKE CITY - With standout performances by Utah freshman Nick Soedel, Winter Heaven and Valerie McMullen, the Utes complete the first day of competition at the Intermountain Shootout in contention for the top spot in the team standings.

"We had some really good swims," said Utah head coach Greg Winslow. "It was fun to see the young guys stepping up. I was happy with the way we swam today."

Samantha Zuch was in the spotlight as she swept away the competition winning the 200 free (1:53.04), the 100 breast (1:04.09), and contributing to both the first place 400 free relay (3:31.05) and the 200 medley relays (1:44.90). Joining Zuch were Traycie Swartz, Hannah Caron and McMullen in the 400 free relay along with Swartz, Caron and Maddie Jamora in the 200 medley relay.

More wins for the Ute women came from Kayla Buck in the 400 IM (4:35.55), Traycie Swartz in the 50 free (24.06) with Caron in the 50 fly (25.28).

Other top performances included a second place finish by McMullen in the 200 free (1:55.01). Swartz was second in the 50 fly (25.96) and Nicole Ligeza took second place in the 400 IM (4:36.10).

Chardonnay Biter-Mundt took third place in the 50 free (24.70) and the 400 free relay team of Danielle Caldwell, Jamora, Biter-Mundt and Ligeza took second place (3:36.36).

The Utah women's diving team was lead by Ellis Walters, who took third place with 235.15 points, and Jasmine Matkovic earned fourth place with 230.10 points.



The Ute men's team featured impressive performances by the freshman. Soedel and Heaven assisted the Utes by taking first in the 400 free relay along with Karson Applin and Andy Lamb (3:06.53). Soedel also won the 50 free (20.83) and posted a 20.01 lap time in the 200 medley relay. Heaven took home the win in the 200 free (1:43.88) and placed third in the 50 free (21.73).

Other notable performances for the Utes included Eric Murray's 400 IM win (4:13.58).

Major Robinson earned second place in the 50 fly (23.91), while Karson Applin placed second in the 100 breast (58.30).

Ken Tilges earned a third-place finish in the 100 breast (59.98) and Alex Brown turned in a third place finish in the 400 IM (4:19.01).

The 200 medley relay team of Applin, Soedel, Corey Williams and Austin Fiascone took home runner-up honors.

Nelson Foo took the Ute men's diving 1-meter top spot with 281.45 points and was closely followed by Caleb Herrick in second (276.00 points) while Brandon Stopplemoor was fourth.

The Utes will continue competition at the Intermountain Shootout tomorrow at 10 a.m.

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