Coburn and the Ute women host Boise State and San Diego State on Saturday.
Nov. 13, 2007
The University of Utah women's swimming and diving team will host both Boise State and San Diego State on Saturday, November 17. The meet will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the Ute Natatorium and all three teams will compete. Utah will be scored against both the Broncos and Aztecs separately.
The Utah women will look to improve on a 1-3 record so far this season with two meets on Saturday. The Utes own a 1-1 mark in the Mountain West Conference as they welcome San Diego State and non-conference opponent Boise State.
This week Utah will look to make a statement that it is a contender as the first half of the season concludes. The Utes have undergone big changes this season, having a young team and new head coach Greg Winslow. As the season's first half wraps up, Utah is still looking for team leaders to emerge and the team is still trying to form its identity.
In training the Utes continue to progress well but need to reach their potential against the competition. This weekend will be a big chance for the Ute women to make a run at the conference lead and look to move above .500 in MWC competition.
Look for the meets this weekend to come down to the distance free events. In those events the Utes will rely on Karly Roberts and Adrienne Coburn to shoulder the load. Both earned all-MWC honors last season, but in events other than the 500 and 1000 free, in which they will compete on Saturday.
Last weekend the women lost to UNLV 159-136, which was the first conference loss of the season for Utah. Leading the way for the Utes was freshman Natalie Edge, who had a big meet winning the 50 free in a time of 24.40; she also placed second in the 100 free (52.61). Jennifer Fredsall won the 100 fly, swimming a time of 57.83. Diver Kwan Ling Yu won both the one-meter diving with a score of 235.20 and the three-meter diving with 257.70 points. Caitlin Tidwell set a career best time in the 100 breast and placed third with a time of 1:06.91.
BOISE STATE- The Broncos are 3-2 on the season in dual meet competition. They enter the meet under first year head coach Kristin Hill, who built a dynasty at Texas A&M before leaving for Boise State. The Broncos are well coached and quickly improving under Hill. The challenge for Boise State this weekend will be to match the Utes depth.
SAN DIEGO STATE- The meet with the Utes will be the first dual meet of the season for the Aztecs. They also have a new head coach this season as Mike Shrader takes the helm. Shrader has a reputation for being a great dual meet coach and brings a talented team into the meet with Utah. The Aztec program should be improved from last year's squad which lost to Utah 133-105.
ON DECK WITH HEAD COACH Greg Winslow:
"As far as my first season as head coach, the honeymoon is over now. We are half way through the season and it is time for us to start swimming with pride and racing like we want to win. We need to be aggressive and confident going into these meets and swim well."