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Utah Men's Swimming and Diving Hosts No. 2 California This Friday

Oct 20, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah men's swimming and diving will host the reigning Pac-12 champions this Friday when the second-ranked California Golden Bears visit town this Friday, Oct. 22. The Utes and Golden Bears will compete at Ute Natatorium at 12:30 p.m. MT.
The meet will be the first time that the Golden Bears have swam at the Ute Natatorium since 2017. Admission is free for all fans and masks are encouraged for those in attendance. Parking for the meet will be located in the lot north of the natatorium accessed via Student Life Way.
Last Time Out
Utah is fresh off an intense training camp over fall break, followed by its first official meet of the season against Stanford. The men fell 191-104 with the women dropping the dual meet 192-105 against the Cardinal.
Top performers for Utah included the men's freestyle relay team of Finn O'hAimhirgin, JP Hynes, Santiago Contreras, and Lucas Calderon, who won the 400 free relay in 3:03.78. Charity Pittard won the 200 breast in 2:20.63 and O'hAimhirgin won the 100 free in 45.32 seconds.
Other notable performances came from freshman Baylor Lewis, who finished second in the 200 breast and 200 IM, and third in the 100 breast, along with Leyre Casarin, who placed second in the 50 free and 100 free and was a member of the second-place 200 medley relay team. Full results and a recap can be found here.
On the boards, Holly Waxman took third in the 1-meter with a score of 266.10. Ben Smyth, who recently earned a bronze medal in the Junior Pan-Am games for Team Canada, collected a third-place on the 3m with a score of 292.13.
Pointing To The Pool
Utah returns its top swimmers from last season, which includes NCAA All-Americans in Cooper deRykAndrew BrittonAndrei Ungur and Finn O'hAimhirgin. The four Utes earned the national honors following a 15th-place finish in the 200 medley relay. Also earning individual All-American honors was deRyk, who earned honors in the 50 free. Other notable returners include Ben WatermanMarko Kovacic and Jaek Horner.
On the women's side, captains Emma Lawless and Mandy Gebhart, who find themselves in the record books, as well as Leyre Casarin headline the returners. Adding to the depth of the team is sprinter Maddie Woznick. The women's team is particularly young this season, with thirteen incoming freshmen looking to add to the mix. Katie Hale also joins the team as a graduate transfer from Idaho and will make an immediate impact.
Back On The Boards
The Utah diving squad features Pac-12 platform champion and NCAA All-American Luke McDivitt this year, as well as Tony Chen, who performed strongly on both springboards at last year's Pac-12 championships to earn runner-up finishes on both and eventually make his way to NCAAs. International standout Ben Smyth joins the team from Victoria, Canada and is coming off a bronze medal at the Junior Pan-Am games over fall break.
Lizzy DeCecco and Lexi Mills lead the way for the women divers, coming off strong performances throughout the shortened season last year. DeCecco earned Utah's first-ever 3m podium finish at the Pac-12 Championships and competed on the 1m at NCAAs. Hannah Traux returns for her second season, while Holly Waxman joins the diving squad in her first year as a Ute.
Up Next
The Utah men will head to Las Vegas to compete in a dual meet against UNLV. The Utes and Rebels will compete on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 12:30 p.m. MT. Then, the Ute divers will head to the Texas Diving Invitational in Austin. The invitational will take place Thursday, Nov. 18 through Saturday, Nov. 20.