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Swim & Dive Splits Dual Against BYU

Jan 29, 2022

PROVO, Utah- The Utah swimming & dive team split the dual-meet against rival BYU this weekend as the women topped the Cougars 206-94 while the men fell 180-120 on Saturday. The women improve to 9-0 under the direction of head coach Joe Dykstra.

It didn't take long for the Utes to win their first race of the day as the Utah 400-medley relay team of Emma Lawless, Charity Pittard, Katie Hale and Leyre Casarin captured the win in 3:46.66. The men's team of JP Hynes, Lex Hernandez-Nietling, Santiago Contreras and Lucas Calderon went stroke for stroke with BYU but came up just short finishing in third-place (3:21.54).

Marlene Sandberg (10:28.11), Taylor Kabacy (10:35.66), Cameron Daniell (10:37.43) and Molly Jacobson (10:44.50) blocked out the 1000 free to earn the second victory of the day. Dylan Becker joined the fun winning the men's 1000 free as Jackson Cunningham swam a season-best 9:49.19 to place third.

Transfer Summer Stanfield competed against BYU for the first time and didn't disappoint securing the victory in the 200 free (1:51.38), 200 back (2:00.59) and 200 IM (2:03.81) on Saturday.  

The women of Utah continued their dominance in the 100 back finishing 1,2,3. Lawless led the way touching in 55.61 as Norah Hay and Kate Leary battled it out for second with Hay just edging out Leary for the runner-up spot. Lawless collected her second win of the day in the 100 fly (56.22).

It was a nail-bitter for the men in the 100 back with Andrei Ungur (49.87) and JP Hynes (49.93) placing second and third, right behind BYU's Diego Camacho who touched in 49.40.

A pair of second-place finishes came for the Utes in the 100 breast with Pittard finishing in 1:04.43 and Hernandez-Nietling in 56.40 for the men. Later in the meet, Utah swept the men and women 200 breast with Pittard taking the title in (2:18.72) and freshman Baylor Lewis (2:03.64) earning his first collegiate victory.

The women once again blocked out another race as freshman Milla Ruthven led Utah finishing in 2:06.48 in the 200 fly. Harper Lehman (2:07.86), Sadie Edwards (2:09.25) and Taylor Alicea-Jorgensen (2:09.25) placed second, third and fourth, respectively.

Riding the momentum from last week, Casarin has now gone back-to-back weeks with victories in both the 50 (23.38) and 100 free (50.76).

Contreras and Finn O'Haimhirgin finished at almost the same exact time in the 100 free as Contreras (45.12) just edged out O'Haimhirgin (45.15) for second-place.
Sandberg captured her second victory on the day in the 500 free (5:04.65) with Ruthven, Kabacy and Jacobson following her in, respectively.

Complete results can be viewed here.

On the Boards
Senior Tony Chen swept the diving events this weekend winning the 3M today, posting a score of 356.10. McDivitt finished in third (333.30) and Ben Smyth placed fourth (318.00).

Freshman Holly Waxman led the women in second with a score of 283.13 in the 1M. Lizzy DeCecco and Lexi Mills followed in third and fourth, respectively.

"We weren't as sharp as I had expected today and I know we have much better performances in us," head diving coach Richard Marschner said. "Our training has been lights out and I am confident that we will see that translate into better meet results next weekend and beyond."

Up Next
The Utah dive team will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., to compete at the Air Force Diving Invitational next weekend, Feb. 3-5. The three-day invite will start on Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m. and will conclude on Saturday with the men's platform finals at 2:30 p.m.
The women's swim team won't see any more competition until the Pac-12 Championships, Feb. 23-26, while the men's team will have one more dual-meet on Saturday, Feb. 12, against USC. That meet is set to start at 12:00 pm on Saturday.

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