Divers Break School Records, Swimmers in 5th at PAC-12 Championships
TUSCON, Ariz. – The University of Utah women's dive team finished the highest in school history today at the Pac-12 Diving Championships, while Tony Chen took home another second place finish on the men's 3-meter event to highlight the day.
The women finished second in the diving competition with a final score of 225, their highest point total at the Pac-12 Championships in program history by 80 points. The Utes were narrowly edged by USC in the diving competition, but topped Stanford, Arizona, UCLA and California.
"I have never been as proud to be the coach of a team as I am right now," said diving coach Richard Marschner on Friday's performance. "Thinking about the year and everything this team has had to overcome physically, mentally and emotionally, it gives me goosebumps to have just experienced this meet for our women. Regan couldn't move her hand due to a severe injury just two weeks ago and she just finished up the meet with two A finals. Not just Regan, but all of our women proved to themselves and earned the respect and in some cases fear of the teams in our conference."
Lizzy DeCecco posted a new school for most points scored at the Pac-12 Championships with 73 total points after strong performances for the Utes throughout the entire week. DeCecco placed first in the consolation finals on platform today and ninth overall (221.80), while Lexi Mills finished 13th overall (204.55). DeCecco and Mills scored the third and fifth best scores, respectively, in the 3-meter dive in school history yesterday. Regan Caufield placed eighth today on the platform to wrap up the women's competition.
For the men, Chen led the way winning the silver medal on the 3m with a score of 386.80 with Chase Hindmarsh placing seventh in the finals with a score of 328.35 after qualifying in the prelims with a score of 355.50, the ninth highest score in school history. Luke McDivitt rounded out the team, placing ninth with a score of 310.15 in the prelims.
In Houston, Charity Pittard started off the finals on the third day of the Pac-12 Swimming Championships by placing third in the consolation final and 11th overall in the 400 IM with a time of 4:19.38. Mandy Gebhart finished first in the 'C' final, placing 17th overall in the event with a time of 4:25.80, with Taylor Kabacy following in 19th with a time of 4:28.23.
Emma Broome and Audrey Reimer were the only two Utah swimmers to compete in the championship final on Friday, both qualifying in the 100 back. Broome took seventh with a time of 53.08 and Reimer placed eighth with a time of 53.10. Lawless followed in the consolation final, placing second in her final, 10th overall, with a time of 53.70. Reimer, Broome and Lawless all posted NCAA B cut qualifying times in the 100 back. Harper Lehman placed first in the 'C' final, or 17th overall, with a time of 54.55, while Kate Leary finished 19th with a time of 55.96.
Emma Lawless represented Utah in the consolation finals in the 100 fly, placing fifth in that final and 13th overall coming in with an NCAA B cut qualifying time of 53.47.
Alyssa Watson took seventh in the 200 free consolation final, coming in 15th overall with a time of 1:50.05. Teammate Zofie Niemczak placed third in the 'C' Final, or 19th overall with a time of 1:50.56 and Sara McClendon placed fourth, 20th overall, with a time of 1:50.73.
Sadie Edwards placed eight in the consolation finals, 16th overall, in the 100 breast, with a time of 1:03.53. Pittard and Mckenna Gassaway represented Utah in the 'C' final, coming in second (1:02.63) and fifth (1:03.85) respectively.
In the 200 medley relay, Utah placed fifth with a time of 1:40.58, competed by Broome, Edwards, Lawless, and Madeline Woznick. The Utes finished the night in fifth with a score of 657 after the second day of competition.
Utah diving will continue tomorrow with the men's platform prelims beginning at 11:30 am MT, followed by the finals at 12:50 pm MT.
The women swimmers will compete in the final day of Pac-12 Swimming Championships in the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, and 1650 free with the prelims at 9 am MT, with the finals beginning at 5 pm MT.