Men's Swim & Dive Ready for 2022 NCAA Championships
SALT LAKE CITY- Utah men's swim & dive hits the road this week to travel to Atlanta, Ga., for the 2022 NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships. The four-day championships will take place March 23-26 at the McAuley Aquatic Center on the campus of host school Georgia Tech.
"We are really excited about this opportunity to compete on a national level again. It's pretty much the same relay that we had last year and scored points in. I'm also really excited about the 400-medley relay that we have going. I think they can swim really fast and put some points on the board for us," interim head coach Jonas Persson said. "Both set school records at the conference meet and I think we can improve on those times. The guys have been training really hard, they've been taking the preparation seriously and they want to go and represent Utah and make the university proud."
How to Follow
All sessions, including prelims and finals, can be seen live on ESPN3. Live results for the championships can be found here. The meet will have prelims starting at 8:00a.m. and finals starting at 4:00p.m. The top 16 from prelims will qualify in two heats with the top eight being in contention for the NCAA Championship.
Schedule of Utah Events
|March 23rd||200-Medley Relay|
|March 24th||1-Meter Dive|
|March 25th||100 Backstroke|
|March 26th||100 Freestyle|
Individually, senior Andrei Ungur will race in two events as he booked his ticket in the 100 back with a seed time of 45.87, a personal-best and a time he recorded during his leg of the 400 medley-relay at the conference championships. Ungur is also invited to compete in the 100 free after he recorded another personal-best (43.47) and NCAA B cut during his leg of the 400 free-relay.
The Utes captured an automatic cut (1:23.87) in the 200-medley relay breaking the school record that was previously set at the 2021 Pac-12 Championships. The mark ranks in the top-20 of the qualifying standards and puts Utah in a great position to score in the event. The relay squad of Ungur, Jaek Horner, Cooper deRyk and Finn O'Haimhirgin set the new school record at the conference championships and opened the door to also compete in the 400-medley relay where Ungur, Horner, Ben Waterman and O'Haimhirgin set another school record (3:07.29) to earn the NCAA B cut.
This marks the second consecutive year that Ungur, deRyk, and O'Haimhirgin will swim at the NCAA Championships in both the 200 and 400 medley events.
On the boards, the Utes will send three divers for the first time in school history to compete at the championships. Senior Tony Chen punched his ticket back to NCAA's on the final day of the Zone E Diving Championships where he earned a bid on the 1m finishing third with a score of 364.90. This also earns him a spot to compete on the 3m with freshman Ben Smyth.
Junior Jenner Pennock will join Smyth on the platform. Both earned the tower qualification on the second day of the Zone's meet as Smyth finished third (345.90) and Pennock posted a new personal-best of 334.15 to move him into sixth all-time at Utah.
Earning the bid on the tower, Pennock will dive alongside Chen in the 1m after recording a new-personal-best in the prelims (320.60) to advance to the finals and capture eighth to add the event to his championship schedule.
"We have never had three men qualify in the same year so we'll be bringing our biggest team ever. Tony will be competing in his final meet of his career and I'm hopeful that he'll be able to earn All-America status on both springboard events," head diving coach Richard Marschner said. "Jenner and Ben are competing in their first NCAA meet and both have a great opportunity to perform well. The meet can be a bit intimidating but I think they're all up to the task and we're going to see some good diving out of our men this week."
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