Three School Records Broken Tuesday At Pac-12 Championships.
HOUSTON, Texas -The Utah men's swim team broke three school records on the third night of the Pac-12 Championships, with the Ute 200 medley relay team earning a school best, Andrew Britton breaking his own school record in the 100 breast, and Cooper DeRyk besting the 100 fly record.
In the final event of the night, the 200 medley relay team raced by Andrei Ungur, Britton, Cooper DeRyk and Finn O'Haimhirgin posted a time of 1:24.23, beating the previous school record set by the relay team in 2018 at the Pac-12 Championships – a team Britton was also a member of. The Utes earned a second-place finish after posting the NCAA 'A' cut time.
Prior to his efforts in the 200 medley relay, Britton broke his own school record in the 100 breast when he placed fifth in the championship final with a time of 52.77. His previous best sat at 52.94 seconds before earning the career mark on Tuesday night in Houston. Britton placed fifth overall in the championship final with his NCAA consideration time.
DeRyk kicked off the record-breaking night after posting an NCAA consideration time of 46.00 seconds in the 100 fly to break the school mark of 46.07 posted in 2014 by Alex Fernandes. DeRyk finished first in the 'C' final from his record performance and placed 17th overall. DeRyk and Britton both earned two school records, as both were the middle legs in the relay team.
Continuing momentum from Britton's performance, Ungur took another fifth-place finish for the Utes, this time in the 100 back with a time of 46.64. Ungur posted a time of 46.37 in the prelims, which ranks No. 2 all-time sitting only behind his brother Paul Ungur.
Utah started off the third day of the Pac-12 Championships with five swimmers qualifying for the consolation finals in the 400 IM. Jackson Cunningham was in the lead of the pack, taking first in the consolation final and ninth overall with an NCAA consideration time of 3:50.72. Holden Ellsworth placed third, 11th overall (3:53.02), with teammates Nathan Ramey finishing in 12th (3:53.12) and Dylan Becker placing 13th (3:53.57). Sam Lucas rounded out the group of Utes in the 400 IM, finishing 16th overall with a time of 4:03.40.
In the 100 fly, Ben Waterman qualified for the championship finals and placed seventh with an NCAA consideration time of 47.02. Behind DeRyk in the 'C' final, Felix Chiun came in 21st overall with a time of 48.68.
Noah Carlson finished 16th overall in the 200 free with a time of 1:36.91. Cole Giandinoto finished in second in the 'C' final, 18th overall (1:37.34), and Santi Conteras placed 21st overall with a time of 1:38.86.
Two athletes qualified for the consolation finals in the 100 breast behind Britton, with Jaek Horner placing second for a 10th place finish overall with an NCAA consideration of time of 53.42, while Lex Hernandez-Nietling placed 12th overall with an NCAA consideration time of 54.02.
In the 'C' final of the 100 back, Marko Kovacic finished first in the heat, or 17th overall (48.14), Ryan Garstang finished 18th (48.59) Parker McOmber placed 19th (48.64) and Preston Planells placed 20th (49.44).
Utah finished the night in fourth place with a score of 347 points, with California in first with 640, Stanford in second with 551 and Arizona in third with 466.
On Wednesday for the final day of competition, the swimmers will race the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, and 400 free relay with prelims starting at 10 a.m. MT and finals beginning at 6:05 p.m. MT.