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Utah Divers Open Season at Lumberjack Diving Invite

Dec 4, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah swimming and diving team will send student-athletes to compete at the BYU Invitational and Lumberjack Diving Invite this weekend to kick off the 2020-21 season. The Ute swimmers will head to Provo for time trials, while the divers will head to Flagstaff, Ariz. to compete in Northern Arizona's six-team event. 

"We are so excited to get back into any form of competition this weekend!" said head coach Joe Dykstra. "The swimmers and divers have been working really hard all fall, and have kept a positive attitude through all the ups and downs that everyone has been experiencing this year. While we are only competing a small portion of the team, they are excited to race, to dive, and are just grateful to have the opportunity to compete.  Hopefully this taste of competition will get us better prepared for the bulk of our season with the whole squad in January-March."

Utah divers will compete Friday through Sunday, Dec. 4-6 at the Lumberjack Invite. Along with meet host NAU, the Utes will take the boards against competition from fellow Pac-12 teams in Arizona and UCLA, along with competitors from Grand Canyon, New Mexico State and Idaho.
The invite will begin Friday at 11 a.m. with the women's 3-meter and the men's 1-meter dives. On Saturday, the men will move to the 3-meter dive and the women will begin competition on platform. To close out the three-day event, women divers will compete in the 1-meter and the men will move to the platform at 10 a.m. on Sunday.
On the men's side for Utah, Tony Chen (1M, 3M), Chase Hindmarsh (1M, 3M, Platform) and Luke McDivitt (3M, Platform) are set to compete in Flagstaff. Regan Caufield (1M, Platform), Lizzy DeCecco (1M, 3M), Emma Ruchala (1M, 3M) and Lexi Mills (1M, 3M, Platform) will see action for the women. Hannah Truax will also make the trip to Flagstaff.
To follow along and get the first look at this year's Utah diving team, fans can watch all three days of action on Facebook Live.
Friday, December 4
W-3M/M-1M Prelims: 11 a.m.
Finals: 15 min after prelims 

Saturday, December 5
W-P/M-3M Prelims: 11 a.m.
Finals: 15 min after prelims 

Sunday, December 6
W-1M/M-P Prelims: 10 a.m.
Finals: 15 min after prelims
The Utah swimmers will make their way to Provo on Saturday, Dec. 5 for the first taste of competition in the time trials event at BYU. Getting in the water for the women's side will be Abbie Hurst, Maddie Woznick, and Kyla Yetter. Swimmers on the men's side making the trip to Provo will be Andrew Britton, Felix Chiun, Santiago Contreras, Jackson Cunningham, Cooper DeRyk, Ryan Garstang, Cole Giandinoto, Lex Hernandez-Nietling, Max Hernandez-Nietling, Parker McOmber, Nathan Ramey, Andrei Ungur, Ben Waterman, and Rhys Winter.

The Utah swimming and diving team recently announced this year's six captains and leading the team this year will be Mandy Gebhart, Emma Broome, Emma Ruchala, Felix Chiun, Andrew Britton and Robert King.

Gebhart, a Pac-12 All-Academic selection, holds the 7th-fastest time in school history in the 1650 free and 8th-fastest time in the 200 back. Pac-12 All-Academic selection Broome holds the 3rd-fastest time in Utah history in the 100 back, 8th fastest time in the 100 fly, and 9th fastest 200 back time. Ruchala is a senior diver who has notched a CSCAA Scholar All-American honor and Pac-12 All-Academic nod. She holds the 3rd-best 3M score in Ute history and 7th-best 1M score.

Britton is also a CSAA Scholar All-American and Pac-12 All-Academic honoree. He is the Utah record holder in the 100 breast and was part of the Utah record-setting 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay teams. He also has the 3rd-fastest 200 breast time in school history. Chiun, also a conference all-academic selection, was part of the Utah record-holding 400 free relay team. Lastly, King has the 5th-fastest free time in Ute history, 7th-fastest 200 back, and 10th-fastest 200 free time. He is a CSCAA Scholar All-American and Pac-12 All-Academic selection.