The men work together to impress against the Cardinal
Oct. 20, 2011
Palo Alto, Calif. - The University of Utah swimming and diving team faced the reining Pac-10 Conference swimming and diving champions Friday at the Avery Aquatic Center. The Utes proved they could compete in the newly-formed Pac-12, but Stanford came out with wins in both meets, (M - 155-124; W - 180-112).
"It was great to go against one of the best teams in the country," said Utah head coach Greg Winslow. "I was very impressed with our fight against the reining Pac-10 champions. We set a new standard for ourselves and we are looking forward to seeing Stanford again in March."
The Utah women's diving team put on a great performance as Ellis Walters was runner up in both the 3-meter (270.60) and 1-meter (274.73) dives while Jasmine Matkovic took fourth in the 3-meter (226.88) and the 1-meter (230.55).
Nicole Ligeza brought home a win in the 100 breast (1:06.51) and third place in the 200 breast (2:25.36). She also took fourth place in the 200 IM (2:07.69) and contributed to the fourth place 400 medley relay (4:00.39).
Freshman Madeline Jamora impressed as she placed fifth in the 50 free (24.50), second with the 400 medley relay (3:49.97) and finished third with the 200 free relay team (1:35.69).
LeighAnne Oliver racked up points for the Utes with a third-place finish in the 100 breast (1:08.94), fifth place in the 1000 free (10:37.35) and fourth in the 200 breast.
A time of 55.73 gave Hannah Caron third place in the 100 fly, followed by Melissa Paakh (58.78) in fifth and Lindsay McSweeney in sixth (1:04.71). Ligeza placed fourth in the 200 IM with Kayla Buck (2:11.55) and Sarah Cox (2:12.08) close behind in sixth and seventh.
Other Ute performances included a second-place 500 free for Samantha Zuch (5:04.42), Caldwell's third-place finish in the 200 back (2:05.44) and a third-place 100 back spot for Swartz (58.30).
The Cardinal men snuck by the Utes with a 31-point victory as the Utah men put together a real team effort with top finishes by a variety of swimmers.
Nick Soedel took the win in the 50 free with a time of 20.65, one of the fastest times in the country. Soedel also contributed a third-place finish in the 100 free (45.86) and third place finishes with the 400 medley (3:27.26) and 200 free (1:24.01) relay teams.
Applin grabbed the runner-up spot in the 100 fly (50.37) with Heaven coming in fifth in the same event (54.66).