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Swim & Dive Travel to Princeton for Big Al Invitational

Dec 1, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY– The Utah swimming and diving team will close out its fall portion of the schedule this Friday, December 3rd, when it kicks off the Big Al Invitational hosted by Princeton University. This will be the first time the Utes have attended the invite, and is their first trip back to the east coast dating back to the 2008-2009 season.
"We've never been to this meet before and it will be great to see some different yet still very good competition in the northeast," head coach Joe Dykstra said.
The Big Al Invite will take place Friday through Sunday (Dec. 3rd-5th) at the DeNunzio Pool, located on the campus of Princeton University.
Utah will be looking to swim fast for the first time this weekend. In previous meets, the Utes had been training intensely during the week in preparation for the season. Now, having had some time to rest, coach Dykstra expects the team to put up fast times.
"I'm excited for us to finally have a chance to swim fast," Dykstra said. "This will be our first opportunity of the year to race not broken down, at sea level, and in race suits so we expect to go pretty fast."

Fans can tune in each day on ESPN+ to catch live action of the prelims and finals. On Friday and Saturday, prelim action begins at 8:00 a.m. MT, followed by the finals beginning at 4:00 p.m. MT. Live coverage on Sunday will start at 7:00 a.m. MT with the prelims and the finals set to begin at 3:00 p.m. MT. 


Teams the Utes will lineup against include: 

Men Women
Denver Denver
George Washington George Washington
Columbia Rutgers 
TCU (Diving Only) TCU (Diving Only)

Event Schedule
Friday, December 3rd

  • 200 Free Relay
  • 500 Freestyle
  • 200 IM
  • 50 Freestyle
  • 400 Medley Relay

Saturday, December 4th

  • 200 Medley Relay
  • 400 IM
  • 100 Butterfly
  • 200 Freestyle
  • 100 Breaststroke
  • 100 Backstroke
  • 800 Freestyle Relay

Sunday, December 5th

  • 1650 Freestyle
  • 200 Backstroke
  • 100 Freestyle
  • 200 Breaststroke
  • 200 Butterfly
  • 400 Freestyle Relay

Last Time Out
Utah is coming off a great performance at the Texas Diving Invitational. Going head-to-head against some of the top competition in the country, including several Olympians, Utah put up impressive scores and finishes. The meet was highlighted by two top-five finishes on the platform as Luke McDivitt led the Utes finishing third with freshman Ben Smyth right behind capturing fourth.
On day two of the invite, Tony Chen and McDivitt bounced back from a slow start the day before showcasing dives that would earn them a spot in the 3m final. Chen and McDivitt would finish the 3m in seventh and eighth-place, respectively.
On the women's side, Lizzy DeCecco posted a season's best score 264.00 in the 1m final on day two while freshman Holly Waxman was the top performer for the women on the final day posting a score of 227.30 on the platform to finish right outside the top-10 in 11th.
The men's swim team hasn't competed since November 6th, when it dropped a dual meet to UNLV in Las Vegas. Sophomore Marko Kovacic captured the lone victory for Utah in the 200 free in a time of 1:39.01.
The women haven't seen action since a conference showdown a day earlier when it faced No. 5 California at home. Approaching the first break of the meet, Leyre Casarin captured the first victory in a nail bitter finishing the 50 free in 23.35. Charity Pittard touched first in the 200 breast (2:19.04) to secure the second and final victory of the day for Utah.
Looking Ahead
After the conclusion of the Big Al Invite, the Utes won't be back in action until after the holiday break. Utah will travel down south for a pair of Pac-12 dual meets against Arizona State on Friday, Jan. 14, and Arizona on Saturday, Jan. 15.
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