University Of Utah Women's Swimming and Diving
March 30, 2012
The University of Utah women's debut Pac-12 season has come to a close with the Utes placing seventh at the Pac-12 Championships. The Utes finished off the season 6-5 overall with a 2-4 record in conference match ups.
Utah women began their season in Oct. at the Intermountain Shootout in Grand Junction, Colo. The Utes swept the competition, besting Northern Colorado (259-76), Colorado State (221-113) and Colorado Mesa (275-56).
Taking on two nationally ranked teams back-to-back, the women faced Stanford and Cal. The Utes were topped by the Cardinal 180-112 and the Golden Bears 174-105.
The women earned their first Pac-12 win against Washington State at Ute Natatorium (147-114). Utah senior Hannah Caron grabbed three individual wins and contributed to the winning 200 medley relay.
Utah snagged their second consecutive win as they topped UNLV at Ute Natatorium. Ute women gathered points across the boards as five athletes placed first in one or more individual events.
At Colorado School of Mines, the women broke six pool records including the 400 IM (Traycie Swartz), the 400 medley relay (Dani Caldwell, LeighAnner Oliver, Kayla Buck, Valerie McMullen), the 50 free (Samantha Zuch), the 100 fly (Melissa Paakh), the 100 back (Hannah Caron) and the 100 free (Oliver). The Utes came out on top 103-86.
Utah was just one of 17 school represented by almost 90 divers at the Wildcat Diving Invitational in Tucson, Ariz. Ellis Walters finished the meet with a seventh-place finish in the 1-meter.
Bringing in individual wins and recording NCAA `B' cut times in the 100 back and the 50 free, Tracyie Swartz earned the Counsilman Hunsaker Swimming of the Week for her performance at the Incarnate Word Invitational. She also contributed to four winning relay events.
The Utah women began the New Year in Corvallis, Ore. where they ultimately fell to Oregon State (147.5-114.5) and UCLA (176-81).
In the last meet of the regular season, the Utes were pitted against rival BYU in Provo at Richards Building Pool. Both teams battled, but the Cougars walked away with the trophy by a score of 162-138. Both Swartz and Zuch grabbed two individual wins.
Utah faced off against the fastest swimmers in the country, including five nationally ranked teams, at the Pac-12 Championships in Federal Way, Wash. Swartz broke three Utah records, the 50 free, the 100 free and the 100 back. Her 100 back time of 52.87 stands more than three seconds faster than second all-time Shannon McQueen. Thirteen other swims recorded top-10 times, with Zuch, Maddie Jamora, LeighAnne Oliver, Melissa Paakh, Treasa Ring, Kayla Buck and Nicole Ligeza all writing their names in the Utah record books. Utah diver Ellis Walters scored a lifetime best 342.45 points in the one-meter to take fourth in the finals. The Utes racked up 485 points over three days, topping Oregon State (326.5) and Washington State (239.5) for a seventh-place finish.
The performance of Swartz at the Pac-12 Championships earned her the opportunity to be the only Ute to appear at the NCAA Championships this season. In Auburn, Ala. Swartz competed in the 50 free, the 100 free and the 100 back. Swartz 22.55 time in the 50 free landed her 23rd out of a field of 67 swimmers. She earned another 23rd place in the 100 back along with Tess Simpson of Texas A&M as both women touched in 50.83 seconds. In Swartz's final event, she tied for the second time, sharing 21st with Olivia Scott of Auburn (48.87).
Utah Swimming and Diving says farewell to senior co-captains Hannah Carron and Sarah Cox.