Men's Swim Posts Six NCAA Consideration Times To Close Out Pac-12 Championships
HOUSTON, Texas - Highlighted by six NCAA consideration times on the night, the Utah men's swim team finished off the Pac-12 Championships Wednesday night in Houston.
Dylan Becker started off the final day of competition by placing 10th overall in the 1650 free with a NCAA consideration time of 15:16.33. Jackson Cunningham followed in 13th place with an NCAA consideration time of his own, recording a time of 15:25.47, Nick Becker finished in 16th (15:35.43) and Nathan Ramey finished in 17th (15:35.43), while Gavin Giandinoto rounded out the Utes with a time of 15:44.13 to place 18th.
In the 200 back, Preston Planells led the Utes and placed 16th with a time of 1:45.85 in the consolation final. A trio of Utes competed in the 'C' final where Holden Ellsworth finished in 18th overall, second in the heat, with a time of 1:45.46. Parker McOmber finished in 20th (1:47.01) and Ryan Garstang came in 22nd (1:49.56).
The first of two consolation final wins for Utah, Cooper DeRyk won the consolation final in the 100 free and placed ninth overall with a NCAA consideration time of 43.31. Finn O'Haimhirgin finished in 13th with a NCAA consideration time of 43.66 during the consolation final. Marko Kovacic finished in 23rd with a time of 45.61.
Up next, Jaek Horner continued the heat wins for Utah and won the consolation final of the 200 breast. Horner placed ninth overall with a NCAA consideration time of 1:56.31. Also competing in the consolation finals, Lex Hernandez-Nietling placed 14th (2:01.56) and Ramey placed 16th (2:06.10). Cunningham finished 17th (2:01.86).
Ben Waterman led the men in the 200 fly with a NCAA consideration time of 1:45.40, which placed 11th. Noah Carlson finished in 17th (1:49.15), Cole Giandinoto placed 19th (1:52.21) and Sam Lucas came in 20th (1:52.51).
Utah finished off the meet with the 400 free relay and placed fifth. The relay was raced by O'Haimhirgin, Santiago Contreras, Carlson, and Felix Chiun who posted a time of 2:57.04.
Utah men's swimming and diving finished in fourth place. Utah posted a total of 420 points to finish ahead of USC.
The Utah men's swimmers will await NCAA selections in the coming days. NCAA Zone E Championships for the divers are scheduled for March 8-10 in Flagstaff, Ariz.