Samantha Zuch is undefeated in the Utes' last two meets.
Feb. 13, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Women’s Swimming and Diving looks to collect momentum for the Pac-12 Championships as they compete in their final dual meet of the 2012-13 campaign. The Utes take on the Washington State Cougars at 5 p.m. PT Friday in Pullman, Wash.
Quoting Coach Winslow
“This is going to be a tough, intense Pac-12 meet,” said Utah head coach Greg Winslow. “I expect the meet to come down to the last five yards in almost every race. I know our lady Utes are ready! It will be a great measuring stick two weeks before the championship meet.”
Utah Women This Season
The Utah Women hold a 6-5 dual-meet record as they approach the weekend with two Pac-12 victories against Oregon State. Four of the Ute’s five losses have come against ranked teams; two of which, USC (2) and Cal (4), are currently in the top-10.
Utes in the Rankings
The Utes came up short in the Jan. 30 College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Division 1 Team Rankings, but, for the first time this season, the women received votes from the committee. The Utes were one of only five other Division 1 women’s teams to fall short of the top-25, but receive attention from the CSCAA. The voting tseam is comprised of nine coaches and one media member.
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Last Time Out
The Ute women are coming off back-to-back victories against Denver and Oregon State Jan. 18 and 19. Utah junior Samantha Zuch swept her individual events on both occasions, closing the weekend with six victories.
Kersten Merry swept the diving events versus Denver with a personal-best 298.57 points in the 3-meter.
Scouting the Competition
Washington State will face Utah with three consecutive dual-meet wins under their belt. The Cougars most recently topped CSU Bakersfield by a score of 172-116.
The Cougars hold a 6-5 record this season with one Pac-12 victory against Oregon State.
The Pac-12 Championships are fast approaching and will kick off with the women’s championships Feb. 27-March 2 in Federal Way, Wash. at Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center. Keep up with all the actions with live stats available at http://championships.pac-12.com/w-swimming-m-w-diving/.
The Pac-12 Men’s Championships will immediately follow the women’s, beginning March 3-6 at the same location. Live stats will be available at http://championships.pac-12.com/mens-swimming/.