Utah Women Break Three Gibb Pool Records, Beat Washington State
PULLMAN, Wash.- The Utah swim and dive team began the weekend with the women's swim team breaking three pool records at Washington State en route to defeating the Cougars 140-118 in the first dual meet of the season. Meanwhile in Los Angeles at the UCLA Diving Invitational, Tony Chen continued his winning streak after claiming the 3m title.
Utah's women's swim team came up on top in Pullman, beating Washington State in the first team scored dual of the year. The Utes started off the meet by breaking the Gibb Pool record in the 200 medley relay, raced by Emma Broome, Sadie Edwards, Emma Lawless, and Maddie Woznick with a time of 1:41.20. Broome also broke the pool record in the 100 back after finishing with a time of 54.37. The Utes weren't finished just yet as the 400 free relay team broke another pool record to close out the meet. The Ute 400 free relay team was comprised of Woznick, Kayla Miller, Lawless, and Audrey Reimer (3:24.33).
"Just so proud of the girls and the way they competed tonight" said head coach Joe Dykstra. "We came up here and raced with a shorthanded roster, traveled all day right before the meet, but still managed to put up a few best times and broke three WSU pool records. I couldn't be prouder of the resiliency of this group."
Utah took first and second in the 1000 free with Sara McClendon finishing with a time of 10:11.40 for the win and Cameron Daniell following with a time of 10:16.22. Next in the 200 free, Taylor Kabacy placed second (1:54.93) and Amber Gardner followed in third (1:55.15), while Mandy Gebhart rounded out the Utes in fourth (1:56.86).
Charity Pittard won the 100 breast (1:03.23) and took second in the 200 breast (2:17.52). Lawless won the 100 fly (54.98) and Broome followed close behind in second (55.33). Reimer took home the 200 back (1:57.36) and Lawless won the 100 fly (54.98).
Behind Broome's record time in the 100 back were Reimer (54.78) in second place and Lawless (55.53) in third. Woznick and Miller posted second and third place finishes, respectively, in both the 50 free and 100 free.
For full results from the dual meet between Utah and Washington State, click here.
UCLA Diving Invitational
Competing throughout the day, the women divers began the three-day event on the 1m, while the men competed on the 3m.
Tony Chen took home another first place finish on the men's 3m to continue his winning streak with an impressive score of 722.90. Chase Hindmarsh took the third spot on the podium with a score of 526.60, followed by Jenner Pennock placing fourth with a score of 517.90.
Lexi Mills took third on the podium in the women's 1m with a score of 491.40. Following close behind, Lizzy De Cecco placed fourth with a score of 453.75, and Emma Ruchala finished in fifth with a score of 449.05. Regan Caufield placed eighth with a score of 413.25.
"We had a pretty disappointing day today because I know we are so much better than how we performed," said head diving coach Richard Marschner. "Days like today happen in sports and I'm fully confident in the team's ability to bounce back and be better tomorrow. Every opportunity to compete is a chance to learn and get better for the next opportunity. I'm certain we will respond well tomorrow."
The UCLA Diving Invitational will continue tomorrow with women on the 3m and men on the platform beginning at 12:35 p.m PT.