Winter Heaven and Nick Soedel prepare for a relay
Jan. 18, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY – In the last men’s and women’s combined meet of the 2012-2013 season at Ute Natatorium, the Utah Swimming and Diving team honored its seniors in a big way as the Ute women’s team topped Denver, 166-128. Unfortunately, the Ute men fell to the 25th-ranked Pioneers, 164-136.
“It was great to get back to racing,” Utah head coach Greg Winslow said. “It’s been almost a month exactly since our last meet. We put in a lot of great training, but there’s nothing like getting another team in the water and racing against them, especially with a team as talented as Denver. They’re really well coached and ranked 25th on the men’s side. It was good for us to see what we need to work on and we’re excited about that.”
Senior diver Brandon Stoppelmoor commented on the significance of the evening as a senior.
“It’s bitter-sweet,” Stoppelmoor said. “It was not the way we wanted to go out, but it’s still a good meet. I have a lot of memories and have learned a lot over these four years. It felt good to get a win in the 1-meter, especially tonight on Senior Night.”
The Ute women were strong across the board, taking first place in 13 of 16 events.
As the sole female Ute diver, Kersten Merry continues to hold her own, executing a sweep of the diving events. Merry scored a personal-best 298.57 in the 3-meter to go along with a mark of 301.12 in the 1-meter.
The Utah women’s relays topped the pack with a time of 1:35.33 in the 200 free relay and 3:48.91 in the 400 medley relay.
Sophomore Nick Soedel continued as the leader of the Utah men’s effort against the Pioneers, pulling in victories in the 200 free (1:40.64), the 100 free (45.57) and the 50 free (20.60). Soedel has completed a sweep of sprint freestyle events in four of five dual meets this season.
Kristan Kron stole first in the 200 back (1:49.87), the only other Ute men’s swimming victory of the night.
Kron and Bjorn Gunnarsson each added two second-place finishes apiece. Kron was second in the 100 back (50.72) and the 400 IM (4:04.46), while Gunnarsson finished as the runner-up in the 50 free (20.81) and the 100 free (46.47).
The men took the top five spots in both diving events with Stoppelmoor leading the way in the 1-meter (324.30) and Josiah Purss on top in the 3-meter (387.15). Caleb Herrick was second in the 1-meter (308.77), followed by Nelson Foo in third (301.42), Purss in fourth (301.42) and Jacob Crayne in fifth (297.52). Herrick also grabbed the runner-up slot in the 3-meter (327.82) with Foo was just behind in third (311.02). Stoppelmoor was fourth (309.45) and Crayne was fifth (284.92).
The Utah men ended the evening on a high note with a win in the 200 free relay in a time of 1:22.76.
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The Ute women take on Oregon State tomorrow at Ute Natatorium at 1 p.m.