Herrick earns Pac-12 Diver of the Week
Jan. 15, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utes kick off the new year with back-to-back dual meets at Ute Natatorium after over a month's absence from competition. The Utes will face the No. 25 Denver men and the women's teams on Friday at 5 p.m., with a quick turn-around for the Utah women's squad as they will take on Oregon State at home on 1 p.m. Saturday.
The Utes last competition was Dec. 16 at Arizona State with the Utah men grabbing a win (158-122) and the Ute women falling to the Sun Devils (154-121).
Quoting Coach Winslow
"The meets this weekend will be a good challenge for both our men and women," said Utah head coach Greg Winslow. "These teams have already given us a good fight and I think we're up to the challenge this year. It's been a while since we have competed so this will really tell us where we're at coming into the Pac-12 Conference Championships."
Utes' 2012-2013 Campaign
The Utah men sit with a 4-1 dual-meet record going into the weekend, with three meets left before the Pac-12 Championships in March. The men will face Air Force and USC in the month of February.
The Ute women hold a 4-5 dual-meet record, with just one meet in February at Washington State before heading the Federal Way, Wash., for the Pac-12 Championships at the end of February.
Looking ahead to the conference championships, the Utes will collide with the fastest swimmers in the nation. The Utah men will see nationally-ranked Stanford (No. 4) and Arizona State (No. 22), with the Ute women against UCLA (No. 7), Stanford (No. 9), Arizona (No. 12) and Arizona State (No. 16).
The Ute squad's strength in the pool continues to build and had not gone without notice. Three individual Utes earned awards for their performances in December against BYU and ASU.
After his sprint freestyle sweep at ASU on Dec. 16, sophomore Nick Soedel was named the NCAA Division I Swimmer of the Week by CollegeSwimming.com.
Merry worked through a foot injury to top the 1-meter against BYU with a score of 304.95 and also stole the crown again at ASU with (301.05).
Herrick lead the pack in the 3-meter against BYU with 343.12 points and was the runner-up in the 1-meter at ASU (288.98).
Merry and Herrick are the first-ever Ute student-athletes to win Pac-12 Diver of the Month recognition.
Speed in the Pool
Soedel ranks 30th in the nation in the 50 free with a time of 20.03, with Tracyie Swartz at No. 46 in the same event (22.79).
Bence Kira'ly holds the 43rd-fastest NCAA time in the country in the 500 free (4:23.22), while also holding 40th in the 400 IM (3:52.30).
Kristian Kron is 45th in the country for 200 back with a time of 1:45.55.
The Utah women rank 39th in the 200 free relay (1:32.74), with the men in 31st for the 400 free relay (2:58.46) and 47th in the 200 free relay (1:21.56).
Scouting the Competition
Last time out, Denver was bested by Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo., by a score of 164-136 on the men's side and 195-105 for the women.
The Pioneers' star of the meet was junior Kyle Milberg, who earned three individual wins. Milberg topped the 100 fly, 100 back and recorded a pool record along with a win in the 200 back.
Next Time Out
The Utah diving team will travel to Colorado Springs to compete in the Air Force Diving Invitational Jan. 25-26.