Kayla Buck helped the Ute relays defeat the Lobos
Sept. 18, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The University of Utah women's swimming and diving team opened its season with a 236-228 Mountain West Conference road win at New Mexico at the West Mesa Aquatics Center, while the diving competition was held at Seidler Natatorium.
Utah won all 10 relay events, while New Mexico took the top spots in both the 1 and 3-meter dives.
"New Mexico showed a lot of talent," head coach Greg Winslow said. "They weren't going to quit, but our girls didn't quit either. All 16 girls had to step up during our final relay even after winning five or six events. I'm very proud of what they achieved."
In the final relay of the day, the 400 free relay, Utah placed in all top four spots, including the winning relay time of 3:34.98. The members of the winning 400 free relay were Natalie Edge, Kristina Evans, Traycie Swartz, and Samantha Zuch, all of whom had many other strong performances throughout the meet.
Edge, the Utah team captain, blew the competition away by helping her team win four of the 10 events: the 800 free relay (7:55.69), the 500 free relay (4:41.48), the 200 free relay (1:37.34), and the 400 free relay (3:34.98).
The performance of sophomore Kayla Buck was also strong. Buck was on the winning 400 medley relay (4:04.96), 3x500 free relay (15:45.74), and the runner up in the 500 free relay (4:45.78) and 3x100 butterfly relay (2:53.29).
In diving, New Mexico divers Aubrey Bush and Melissa Bollig held the top two spots consecutively while Utah divers placed in the fifth through seventh places.
The Utes will travel to Provo for the BYU Freshmen/Sophomore meet on Oct. 7, which is set to start at 6 p.m. The whole Utah squad will be in action Oct. 8-9 at the Mesa State Invitational in Grand Junction, Colo.- UU -