Utah's 200 Medley Relay Team Earns Second-Team All-American Honors
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The school-record holders in the 200 medley relay continued their momentum Friday night at the NCAA Championships, closing out the night becoming second-team All-Americans. Andrew Britton, Cooper DeRyk, Andrei Ungur and Finn O'Haimhirgin placed 15th overall in the 200 medley relay to earn All-American status in the group's final race of the year together.
The four Utes improved their previous school record time of 1:24.23 by posting a mark of 1:24.15 to finish 15th at the national championships. Ungur swam back with a split of 21.49 seconds, while Britton came in with a split of 23.35 seconds after swimming breast for the squad. DeRyk posted a split of 20.18 seconds for the fly portion, while O'Haimhirgin anchored the group with a free split of 19.13 seconds.
"We certainly had the goal to score in the 200 medley relay and swam pretty well as a team," said associate head coach Jonas Persson. "Andrei and Finn were faster than the conference relay. Cooper and Andrew were a little off their fastest relay times, but when you swim a relay, you swim it together as a team. We swam another school record and ultimately finished 15th. It is a really big achievement for these guys and this program. It was certainly challenging this year in a pandemic to get to training with a relay team and pull it off with the endurance. They all came together tonight and Andrei and Cooper bounced back from earlier really well."
DeRyk and Ungur also competed in Friday morning's swim prelims with DeRyk seeing action in the 100 fly, while Ungur competed in the 100 back. DeRyk finished tied for 34th place with a time of 46.83 seconds in the 100 fly and Ungur posted a time of 47.28 seconds in the 100 back to finish tied for 34th place.
Over on the boards, Tony Chen closed out his season with a 33rd-place finish on the 3m. Chen finished with a score of 313.85 to wrap up his NCAA Championship weekend. McDivitt finished the day in 43rd place with a score of 254.70 as he turns his attention to platform competition tomorrow.
"It was a pretty disappointing end to Tony's season today as he just couldn't quite get on track and perform like he's capable of doing," said head diving coach Richard Marschner. "He had a great year and we're looking forward to using this experience to do better next year. Luke has his strongest event remaining so I'm optimistic we will see some good stuff from him tomorrow."
"We have a great day ahead tomorrow that will be very fun with Cooper in the 100 free," said Persson. "It is a bonus event for him as his third-best event and anything can happen. We are excited to cheer him on with the other three swimmers off and are also very excited to cheer on Luke while he competes on platform and are hoping to see him score some points. It will be a fun day and we are all really enjoying this time together at NCAAs."
DeRyk is set to compete in the 100 free prelims beginning tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. MT, while McDivitt will take part in the platform prelims at 10 a.m. MT. Finals will begin at 4 p.m. MT. Live scoring for the swimming events will be available here, while live scoring for diving can be found here. There will be a stream available of the prelims and finals here.