Dive & Women's Swim With a Strong Showing on Third Day of Pac-12 Championships
TUCSON, Ariz. & FEDERAL WAY, Wash.- Utah wrapped up day three of competition at the Pac-12 championships on Friday night with successful performance from several Utes as the championships began to heat up with more action to come on the final day tomorrow.
In the Pool
Junior Charity Pittard competed in the 100 breaststroke C-finals and finished in a season-best time 1:02.20, good for 17th overall. Earlier in the night she competed in the 400 IM and finished 16th-place touching in 4:24.64.
Teammates Kayla Miller (1:03.69) and Krystal Lieu (1:03.74) also competed in the 100-breast placing one after the other in 22nd and 23rd respectively. Lieu's time of 1:03.74 is a new personal-best.
Summer Stanfield was the lone Utah representative in the 200-freestyle placing 20th in 1:48.36.
Senior Emma Lawless posted two new personal-bests on Friday and earned the highest finish of the day for Utah securing ninth in the 100 back with a time of 53.14. In the 100 fly, Lawless captured 13th touching in 53.38, just off her personal-best mark by a tenth of a second.
Mandy Gebhart (53.92) and Norah Hay (54.55) rounded out the competing Utes in the 100 back placing 16th and 19th, respectively. Both Gebhart's and Hay's times were new personal-records.
Utah closed the night in the pool with the 400-medley relay as the team of Gebhart, Pittard, Lawless and Casarin finished in second with the fastest time of the year in 3:40.17.
On the Boards
Junior Lexi Mills advanced to the finals in the women's platform event and secured eighth with a total of 186.10. In the consolation final, freshman Holly Waxman took home the victory with a personal-best score of 233.85 as junior Lizzy DeCecco tallied a 219.75 for the third-place finish.
"I'm really proud of the women and how they bounced back so strongly from a disappointing day yesterday," head diving coach Richard Marschner said. "It's really hard to put that behind you and dive well the next day but Lexi, Holly and Lizzy all did a phenomenal job on the tower today and all three made an A final this week."
Junior Jenner Pennock just missed a podium finish in the men's 3m final, shattering his old personal-record with a score of 367.15. Senior Tony Chen placed right behind in fifth, totaling 366.60.
"Jenner had the meet of his life, narrowly missed a podium finish and set a PB by over 30 points," Marschner said. "He really put it all together and let hit training take over and I think he learned his secret to competing well. I think Tony was unfairly penalized for some aspects of his diving as he definitely dived well enough to earn a podium finish."
Utah will close out the final day of the diving and women's swimming Pac-12 Championships tomorrow. Action will begin at 11:30am MT in the pool with the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast and 200 fly prelims. In the diving well, only one event is on the schedule as the men will close out the championships on the tower with the platform prelims starting at 12:30pm MT.
Fans can watch all finals sessions of the championships as they'll be streamed live through Pac-12.com/live & Pac-12 Now App.