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Utah Swimming and Diving to Compete in Purdue Invitational

Nick Soedel is undefeated in sprint freestyle events

Nick Soedel is undefeated in sprint freestyle events

Nov. 14, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY - After a successful weekend in Las Vegas, the Utes travel to West Lafayette, Ind. to compete in the Purdue Invitational Nov. 16-18 at Boilermaker Aquatic Center. Along with the Purdue men's and women's squad, the Utes will face Cincinnati, Louisville, Missouri State, Southern Illinois and the Michigan women's squad.

The meet will span the weekend with preliminary sessions beginning at 10 a.m. CT daily and finals sessions scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4 p.m. Sunday.

Click here for full meet schedule.

Live swimming results will be streamed by Purdue at http://www.purduesports.com/livestats/c-swim/  with diving scores available at www.DiveMeets.com.

Quoting Coach Winslow

"This is a great opportunity for us to get ready for the conference championships," said Utah head coach Greg Winslow. "It will teach us how to get up in the morning and execute two swims in one day like the NCAAs. We're going to have to fight. We're racing against fast swimmers. This meet is going to give us great experience against great teams in a wonderful facility."

Utes This Season

The Ute women improve to a 3-4 record this season, with three of four losses coming against NCAA ranked teams including USC and Cal, the first and second seeds in the country.

The men hold a 2-1 record going into this weekend, falling only to No. 22 UNLV by a slim three points.

Traycie Swartz and Nick Soedel continue to head the effort for their perspective teams.



Soedel, the current Utah record-holder in the 100 free, and ranked second all-time in the 50 free, continues to dominate the sprint freestyle events for the Utes. Soedel stands undefeated in the 50, 100 and 200 free races this season.

Swartz recorded a sweep in her individual events last weekend, topping the 50 free, the 100 free, and the 100 back. Throughout the season, Swartz has executed four individual wins, two second-place finishes and two third places.

Redshirting last season, Kersten Merry has now become a huge asset to the Utes on the diving boards. Merry swept the diving events against Cal, while topping the 1-meter in and taking the runner-up slot on the 3-meter at UNLV.   

Scouting the Competition

The Ute women will face three NCAA-ranked teams this weekend including No. 17 Louisville, No. 20 Purdue and No. 22 Michigan.

The men will be challenged by two NCAA-ranked competitors this weekend, including Louisville at No. 12 and Purdue at No. 24.

Last Time Out

In Las Vegas, the women swept their competition, topping UNLV (167-126) and University of Calgary (148.5-124.5). The men came out above the Dinos (154-135), but fell just short of No. 22 UNLV by a three-point margin (149-146).

Next Time Out

The annual Deseret Duel is next up as the Utes take on BYU in Ute Natatorium on Dec. 1, at 5 p.m.

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