Freshman Kristian Kron swam at the Swedish Nationals last weekend.
Nov. 28, 2012
Freshman Kristian Kron swam at the Swedish Nationals last weekend. -
SALT LAKE CITY - Coming off third-place finishes for both the Utah men's and women's teams at the Purdue Invitational Nov. 16-18, the Utah swimming and diving team prepares to take on rival BYU in the annual Deseret Duel. The meet will commence at 5 p.m. on Dec. 1 at Ute Natatorium.
Quoting Coach Winslow
"We are looking forward to a really close meet on both the men's and women's side as we face BYU," said Utah head coach Greg Winslow. "I am excited to see all the support of fans and alumni that will be cheering in the stands."
Hitting the half-way point of the season, the Utah women hold a 3-4 dual-meet record, while taking third out of seven teams at the Purdue Invitational. At Purdue, Utah was bested by two ranked squads, Louisville and Purdue.
The Utah men hold a 2-1 record in dual meets this season, while also placing third out of a seven-team pack at the Purdue invitational. At Purdue, the men completely rewrote the Utah school record books and was ranked 25th in the nation by the CollegeSwimming.com CSCAA poll last week.
Last weekend, Kron represented his country at the Swedish Nationals where he recorded a win in the 200 backstroke in meet-record time. His accomplishment earned him the opportunity to represent Sweden at the World Championships taking place in December in Istanbul, Turkey.
Last Time Out: Purdue Invitational
Purdue led the women's competition (1119) and was followed by Louisville (1026.5). Utah grabbed third (225.5), as Missouri State trailed in fourth (258.5) and Cincinnati was fifth (211). Southern Illinois (159) and Michigan (117) rounded out the group in sixth and seventh.
Ute Records Fall in West Lafayette
At the Purdue Invitational, the Utes pushed each other to success as five Utah swims earned NCAA `B' cut times, one school record was broken, and 11 swims earned top-10 all time spots.
Utah freshman Bence Kira'ly toppled Shawn Rowland's 24-year-old 500 free school record, touching in a time of 4:23.22 and earning first place with an NCAA `B' cut time.
He scored another NCAA `B' cut time and the second-fastest Utah time in the 400 IM with a time of 3:52.30, landing in third, while also taking second in the 200 fly and earning the fourth-fastest Ute time (1:48.23).
Kron, also a freshman, earned and NCAA `B' cut time in the 200 back with a time of 1:45.55 for second all-time in school history and second place. He added two fourth-place finishes in the 400 IM (3:55.16) and the 100 back (49.65), recording fourth and eighth all-time.
Alexandre Fernandes claimed the 10th-fastest 100 fly time in Utah history, touching in 49.16 for fifth place.
Nicole Ligeza was at the top of her game as she came .01 seconds shy of the 200 breast school record, recording a time of 2:16.19 and tying for third. Ligeza also nabbed the second-fastest time in Utah history in the 200 IM (2:02.26) with a fifth-place finish.
Utah freshman Petra Soininen claimed the third-fastest Ute time in the 200 breast and finished ninth (2:03.13), while also claiming the fifth-fastest Utah time in the 200 fly (2:02.11) and the third-fastest time in the 200 IM (2:03.10).
Scouting the Competition
BYU is coming off a weekend in Long Beach, Calif., competing at the Area Invitational. The men's team placed fifth with 641 points, as the women took seventh with 466 points.
The men hold a 0-2 dual-meet record this season, while the women are 0-3.
The Utes and the Cougars last saw each other at Richards Building Pool on Jan. 27. BYU grabbed wins on both sides, 161-137 for the men and 162-138 for the women.
Next Time Out
After BYU, the Arizona State Sun Devils are next on the Utes' schedule with the two teams facing off on Dec. 15, at 1 p.m. PT.