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Men's Swim & Dive Closes Out 2022 NCAA Championships

Mar 26, 2022

ATLANTA- The Utah men's swimming and diving team closed out competition at the 2022 NCAA Championships on Saturday. Andrei Ungur raced in the 100-freestyle while Ben Smyth and Jenner Pennock competed on the platform.

After being a part of four different school records the first three days of the championships, Ungur stepped onto the starting block for his final event in the 100-free and swam just off his personal-best to touch in 43.52 and secure 48th.

"Andrei was fatigued from the week and just didn't have enough juice in his final event to score," interim head coach Jonas Persson said. "Andrei started by dropping a half second in the 100-back, then dropped another half second as lead off in the 400-medley to help the team break another school record by 1.5 second, which will be competitive for the next couple of years. He opened up the meet with the 200-medely relay which also set a new school record, so it was tough to go out there today on what you could call an empty tank."

Moving to the diving well, Smyth closed out his first NCAA's totaling 278.00 on the tower to bring home the 36th-place finish. Pennock competed in his second event of the championships and tallied 247.80, good for 43rd.

"We had a great season and I'm really proud of this team's accomplishments. To be one of only nine teams to have three men divers here is pretty phenomenal. We didn't quite have the outcomes that we were expecting this week but we gained some very valuable experience," head diving coach Richard Marschner said. "The first time competing at this meet can be very intimidating and I think it got to us a bit. We did, however, start to figure things out toward the end and this will really help Ben and Jenner when they get back to meet in the future."

It was a successful showing for the Utes as they were able to break four school records during their NCAA Championship run. Starting on Wednesday with the 200-medley relay (1:23.62), followed by Ungur in the 100-back (45.46) who then topped that school record in the opening leg of the 400-medley relay the next day in 45.05, ultimately helping the quartet break that school record as well. A record that was set by the same squad just three-weeks earlier at the Pac-12 Conference Championships.

"Overall I thought we had a really good week. Four school records in three races is incredible, it was great to see Cooper end his career contributing to that 200-medley mark and Waterman in the 400-medley close out his career as well," Persson said. "Our guys are buying into the culture, training hard and we are excited about what's to come."

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