Men's Swim Drops Dual Against USC at Home
SALT LAKE CITY- Utah men's swimming closed out their regular season slate on Saturday against USC, but dropped the dual to the Trojans (164.5-96.5) inside the Ute Natatorium. Utah finished the day with two outright victories and seven runner-up's.
Kicking off the meet with the 200 medley relay, the Utah 'A' squad of Andrei Ungur, Jaek Horner, Cooper DeRyk and Finn O'Haimhirgin battled throughout the race but touched just behind USC's 'A' for the second-place finish in 1:26.79.
Following, sophomore Dylan Becker finished second in the 1000 free with a season-best time 9:24.79 to lead the Utes.
Junior Finn O'Haimhirgin captured the first Utah victory of the day in the 100 free going stroke for stroke with USC's Max Saunders and just edging him out to touch first in 44.55. An event before the win, O'Haimhirgin placed second in another close race in the 50 free.
Santiago Contreras secured the second and final victory for Utah in the 100 fly (48.18). It was a nail bitter as the swimmers were approaching the final wall and Contreras was able to just beat out Nikola Miljenic and teammate Marko Kovacic for the win.
On the Boards
The Utah dive team was also in action this weekend competing against Arizona in a meet that was orgininaly canceled due to COVID health and safety protocols. Viewed as a tuneup meet before the Pac-12 Diving Championships in two weeks, junior Jenner Pennock highlighted the meet for Utah posting a 3M zone score (325.58) for the first time.
"This meet was really just about having the opportunity to do some 10m training and to practice diving outdoors for Pac-12's," head coach Richard Marschner said. The sun, blue sky and wind make for significant differences in spotting for our dives and just present different challenges than we are used to indoors. Our platform lists weren't great from a score standpoint but we got the training and conditioning we needed so it was a very successful trip."
Championship season is finally upon us and the Utah women's swim, along with the dive team, will be in action first at the Pac-12 Championships Feb. 23-25. The women's swim championships will be held in Federal Way, Wash., while the dive will travel south to Tucson Ariz.
The following weekend, March 2-5, men's swimming will get their chance to compete in the conference championship, also in Federal Way, Wash.