Utah returns to action this weekend against Denver and Arkansas.
Oct. 22, 2007
The University of Utah swimming and diving team returns to action this weekend in Denver, Colo., with two meets for the women and one for the men. The women will face both Denver and Arkansas at the same time, while the men's team will compete against Denver. The meet will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, at 10:00 a.m., on the campus of the University of Denver.
Utah's women are coming off a season-opening victory over New Mexico on Oct. 13. The Utes beat the Lobos 137-104, coming from behind to win the final six events of the meet to get off to a 1-0 start in the Mountain West Conference.
Utah got strong performances from several key women against the Lobos. Jennifer Fredsall won the 100 fly (58.69), freshman Natalie Edge won the 100 free (53.89), Shannon McQueen earned a victory in the 100 back (59.72), Adrienne Coburn won the 500 free (5:16.37) and Caitlin Tidwell placed first in the 100 breast (1:08.23). This weekend Utah will look for its young talent to step up and make an impact against both Denver and Arkansas.
The Ute men will be seeing their first action since the Reddish Relays and the meet with Denver will be the first dual meet of the season for Utah. To measure up to Denver this week Utah will need a strong performance from Marco Ferraro and Mason Childs in the distance free events.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:
DENVER- The Pioneer men had one of the best recruiting classes in the nation and are possibly the most talented group of swimmers Utah will see all season. Denver is a very deep team and with a strong young core is one of the fast rising teams in college swimming. Utah should be able to match-up well in most events with the Pioneers and this meet could be determined in the distance free and IM events.
ARKANSAS - The Razorback women have been able to attract some of the top talent in the nation and are always a strong team. Arkansas has one of the best training programs in the nation and will come into the meet with the Utes in great shape. The key in this meet will come down to which team can gain the advantage in the sprint free events.
ON DECK WITH HEAD COACH Greg Winslow:
"This is a great time for us to get a meet like Denver and Arkansas. This weekend will be a really good marker for where we are at right now and how our hard work in the pool and weight room is paying off.
"We will need good performances from our young swimmers to compete with the talented competition we will see, but this is a chance for us to stretch and continue on our path to becoming one of the best teams in the nation."