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Men Swim & Dive fall to UNLV on the road.

Nov 7, 2021

LAS VEGAS – The University of Utah men's swimming & dive team battled it out inside the Buchanan Natatorium in Las Vegas on Saturday falling to the UNLV Rebels, 174.5-123.5, in their home opening dual meet. The loss ended a streak of seven straight wins against the Rebels in the series matchup.

Utah didn't get off the starting block as they would've liked finishing third in both the 200 medley and 1,000 free to open the meet. Sophomore Marko Kovacic captured the first victory for the Utes in the 200 free in a time of 1:39.01 and in the 100 back, Parker McOmber (49.54) and Andrei Unger (49.70) hit the wall finishing second and third, respectively.

In the 200 butterfly, junior Noah Carlson touched in 1:53.37 to secure second while fifth-year senior Santiago Contreras finished the 50 free in a season best time of 20.69, good for third.

The Utes would then finish second in three of their next four events before senior Ben Waterman (48.33) captured their second and final victory of the day in the pool in the 100 butterfly. Contreras would touch right after in 48.91 to finish second.

Complete results from the dual meet can be found here.

The diving team took care of business taking home victories in both of the dives on Saturday. Senior Tony Chen lead the Utes in his season debut taking home the title in both the 1m (331.50) and 3m (401.15) dives. All-American and Pac-12 champion Luke McDivitt, also saw action for the first time this season capturing second in both the 1m (311.35) and 3m (373.95).

Freshman Ben Smyth competed in his second meet of the season finishing third in the 1m with a season high 292.10. Junior Jenner Pennock secured third in the 3m with a score of 313.90.  

"We competed really well today and couldn't be happier with how things went in the dive well," head diving coach Richard Marschner said. "This is a really hard pool to dive at and we came in, made no excuses and competed like champs today."

Marschner continued "Even when we didn't fully execute our dives, the process and purpose was there so I'm excited to see what we can do in a few weeks at Texas."

The Utah swimming team won't see competition until Dec. 3rd-5th, when they travel to Princeton, NJ, for the Princeton Invitational. In two weeks, the diving squad will travel to Austin, Texas, to compete at the Texas Diving Invitational Nov. 18th-20th .

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