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Divers Continue To Impress, Woznick Leads Swimmers on Day Two of Pac-12 Championships

Feb 25, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz. – The Utah divers continued an excellence start to the Pac-12 Diving Championships on Thursday as Tony Chen earned the silver medal on the men's 1-meter event and Lizzy DeCecco took home the bronze medal on the women's 3-meter dive at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. Meanwhile at the Pac-12 Women's Swimming Championships, Maddie Woznick led the team with a 12th place finish in the 50 free to highlight the night.

The day began in sunny Tucson where the men's diving team saw its first action in the conference event. Chen led the outstanding day for Utah by placing second on the 1m with 344.80 points in the finals. Luke McDivitt and Jenner Pennock also advanced to the finals, finishing in fifth and sixth place, respectively. McDivitt posted a score of 316.85 and Pennock ended with 299.85.

In the afternoon, the women moved to the 3-meter boards and earned Utah's second medal of the day from DeCecco's third-place finish. DeCecco posted a score of 328.65, which moves her to No. 3 all-time. Regan Caufield finished in eighth place for Utah in the finals after posting a 275.75. Lexi Mills won the consolation final with a personal best 320.65. Emma Ruchala also collected a 12th place finish (281.00).

The nightcapper on Thursday came in Houston at the swimming portion of the championships. Utah started the night in the 500 free and in the 'B' final, freshman Taylor Kabacy led the group with a 14th place finish. She recorded a 4:50.82 in the heat, while Zofia Niemczak finished 16th with a time of 4:56.25. Sara McClendon finished the 'C' final strong to place 20th with a time of 4:50.46, while Cameron Daniell rounded out the 500 free in 20th with a time of 4:52.74.

Next was the 200 IM where freshmen Alyssa Watson and Harper Lehman saw action in the 'C' final. Watson finished 19th with a time of 2:02.57 and Lehman finished in 20th with a time of 2:02.87.

Woznick was the sole Ute to advance to the night portion of the 50 free and posted a 22.77 in the 'B' final to finish 13th overall for the Utes after recording a 22.61 in the prelims. She now ranks No. 6 all-time at Utah in the 50 free.

The Utes finished the night with a sixth place finish in the 200 free relay. The team of Woznick, Reagan Cathcart, Audrey Reimer and Kayla Miller posted a time of 1:31.30 to end the night.

Utah sits in fifth place following the second day of competition at the Pac-12 Championships. Stanford leads the group (592), California is in second (546.50), USC sits in third (413.50), while UCLA (389) is just ahead of Utah (369) in the standings.

Utah diving will begin competition at 10 a.m. MT with the men's 3-meter prelims, followed by the finals at 10:50 a.m. MT. The women will begin competition on the platform at 1 p.m. MT with the finals at 3:05 p.m. MT.

The Utah swimmers will compete in the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back prelims at 9 a.m. MT, while the finals for the previous events and the 200 medley relay will begin at 5 p.m. MT. Live results for the events can be found here.