Utah Swim & Dive Back in Action Against Cal, UNLV
SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah swimming & diving team is back in action this weekend as the women welcome California to Ute Natatorium this Friday Nov. 5th, for a Pac-12 showdown. The dual meet is slated to begin at 12:00 p.m. MT, with admission being free for all fans.
Masks are encouraged for those in attendance and parking for the meet will be located in the north lot of the natatorium accessed via Student Life Way.
The men's team will travel down to Las Vegas to take on the UNLV Rebels on Saturday Nov. 6th, inside the Buchanan Natatorium. The dual meet is set to begin at 11:00 a.m. MT with a live stream of the meet available for fans via YouTube. The Rebels have had a strong start to their season capturing 11 top-three finishes to help with a combined second-place finish at the USC invitational and took home first in a dual meet against California Baptist.
The women are in for another tough test as the Golden Bears currently rank sixth in the nation and are looking to repeat as Pac-12 champions after coming off a hard-fought dual meet against reigning NCAA champion and top-ranked Virginia. Cal features a roster that sent 12 swimmers to NCAA's last season with all returning. One of the 12, Alicia Wilson, represented her home country of Great Britain in the Tokyo Olympics this past summer making the final of the 200m individual medley, where she captured eighth.
This meet marks the first time since 2017 California will compete in Salt Lake City.
LAST TIME OUT
Falling to second-ranked Stanford in the season opener, the women of Utah saw great performances in the pool. Emma Lawless, Madison Story, Katie Hale and Leyre Casarin kicked off the meet securing second (1:43.41) in the 200 medley relays while Taylor Kabacy (10:26.08) and Marlene Sandberg (10:27.39) finished one after the other in second and third place, respectively, in the 1000 free.
Audrey Reimer continued the showing of strong performances earning a runner-up finish in the 200 back (2:04.11) and Charity Pittard captured the lone victory for the Utes in the 200 breast (2:20.63).
On the men's side, they are coming off a loss against second-ranked California at home, 166-95. During the meet, several Utes had standout individual performances, including Sophomore Marko Kovacic, who won the 200 free in 1:38.73. Utah then secured back-to-back event victories when Dylan Becker won the 500 free (4:41.31) and Santi Contreras won the 100 fly (49.19).
ON THE BOARDS
Holly Waxman made her collegiate debut against the Cardinal and was the highlight on the boards as she took home third on the 1m dive (266.10). Utah's first Pac-12 podium medalist on the 3m platform, Lizzy DeCecco, earned fourth on the 3m (249.98).
Pac-12 platform champion and NCAA All-American Luke McDivitt will make his season debut this weekend along with teammate Tony Chen. Last time out, Ben Smyth earned the highest finish for the men in the meet taking third on 3m with a score of 292.13.
"It will be exciting to get Luke and Tony into meet action for the first time this year," said Marschner. "UNLV is a difficult pool to dive in, but it will be a good tune up and indicator of things going into the Texas invite in a few weeks."
Following the dual meets against California and UNLV, the Utah dive team will make the trip to Austin, Texas to compete in the Texas Diving Invitational. The meet is set for Nov. 18th-20th, with start times still being determined.
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