Utah Men's Swim Closes Out Dual Season Against USC In Los Angeles
SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah men's swim team will finish the dual season against USC this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12-13 at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center in Los Angeles. Action on Friday night will begin at 4:30 p.m. MT, while the second portion of the dual meet on Saturday is slated to begin at 12 p.m. MT.
Friday's competition will include the 200 medley relay, 1650 free, 200 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 200 fly and 50 free. The dual meet will conclude with the 100 free, 200 back, 200 breast, 500 free, 100 fly, 200 IM and 400 free relay on Saturday.
LAST TIME OUT
The Utah men's swim team downed rival BYU at the Don Reddish Pool two weeks ago, coming out with the 179-121 victory in Salt Lake City. Cooper DeRyk was named the Pac-12 Swimmer of the Week following his performance against the Cougars where he broke the school record in the 100 fly for the second-straight week with a time of 47.14. He also won the 50 free and was the third leg of the 200 medley relay and 200 free relay first-place finishing teams.
Felix Chiun won the 100 free (44.28) on his senior day, Preston Planells picked up the win in the 200 back (1:48.21), Nathan Ramey won the 1000 free (9:32.83), while Dylan Becker took home the 500 free win (4:35.12). Tony Chen swept the diving events to go on and earn the Pac-12 Diver of the Week award.
POOL RECORDS PILING UP
After the Utah women's swim team broke three pool records in the dual meet at Washington State, the Utes turned around and broke three Don Reddish Pool records in the dual against Colorado Mesa last weekend. At Washington State, the Utes broke the 200 medley relay record (Emma Broome, Sadie Edwards, Emma Lawless, Maddie Woznick), the 100 back by Broome, and the 400 free relay (Woznick, Kayla Miller, Lawless, Audrey Reimer).
Against Colorado Mesa, Woznick broke the 50 free pool record set by Olympian Simone Manuel, while Cooper DeRyk broke the 100 fly and Broome broke the 50 back record in the first leg of the 200 medley relay. DeRyk then turned around to break his mark in the 100 fly once again, this time against BYU the following week.
The same 200 medley relay team that broke WSU's pool record didn't stop there and broke the Don Reddish Pool record against BYU (1:41.09). Reimer also broke the 100 back and 200 back in Salt Lake City, while Woznick tied the pool record in the 100 free against BYU.
CSCAA SCHOLAR ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Both the Utah men and women's swimming and dive squads were honored for its fall semester's academic performances by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. The Utah women earned their 15th straight CSCAA team academic award after posting a 3.53 grade point average in the fall. The Ute men earned their 14th straight award over the last 15 semesters, also posting a 3.53 grade point average. The Scholar All-Academic awards are presented twice annually, recognizing teams that achieve a 3.0 or better in the semester.
BECKER NAMED TO USA SWIMMING NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM
Dylan Becker, a freshman at Utah, has been added to the 2021 USA Swimming National Junior Team, announced by USA Swimming on Jan. 10. Becker was added to the roster for the 800 and 1500 freestyle events. Becker earned the distinction after winning the 800 and 1500 free at the NCSA Summer Swimming Championship in 2019. The Las Vegas, Nev. finished the 800 free with a personal-best time of 8:07.48, while totaling 15:28.31 in the 1500 free. During his club career with the Sandpipers of Nevada, Becker was an Olympic Trials qualifier in the 800 free and 1500 free, along with the 2019 5K Junior National Champion. He was also a Nevada State champion in the 1650 free.
The Pac-12 Diving Championships are slated to begin Wednesday, Feb. 24, and run through Saturday, Feb. 27. The conference championships will be held in Tucson, Ariz. at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center.
The Pac-12 Women's Swimming Championships will run over the same period, Feb. 24-27, and will be held in Houston, Texas at the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center at the University of Houston. The Pac-12 Men's Swimming Championships will be held at the same location in Houston running Sunday through Wednesday, Feb. 28-March 3.