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Stanford Tops Swim & Dive in Dual Meet

Oct 13, 2022

STANFORD, Calif. – For the second straight day, the University of Utah swimming and diving team faced a difficult test, but were able to take away a number of positives despite suffering a 164-89 defeat in the women's competition and a 177-81 loss on the men's side in a dual meet with the Stanford Cardinal on Thursday afternoon at the Avery Aquatic Center.
 
"I thought we did really well today," said coach Jonas Persson. "It's not easy when you swim against two of the best teams in the country that have consistently won or placed in the top five at nationals and do it on back-to-back days.
 
"We swam a lot faster than we did last year and we had a much better attitude than we did last year. We're training harder and I think the approach to competition was really, really good. The swimmers we have are very coachable and respond well to our coaching and are able to bounce back from poor swims, which in itself is very impressive."

In the Pool
Molly Jacobson took second in the 1000 freestyle at 10:13.24 with Cameron Daniell finishing one spot behind her at 10:15.27. Andrei Ungur swam his way into second in the 100 backstroke, clocking in at 48.27 and two more second-place finishes for Utah came in the 100 breaststroke, the first one courtesy of Hilja Schimmel on the women's side with a time of 1:03.94, followed by Jaek Horner recording a time of 55.76 in the men's event.
 
In the 200 butterfly, Sydney Even took third place on the women's side with a mark of 2:06.60 and Evan VanBrocklin accomplished the same feat in the men's 200 fly, finishing in 1:48.54. Another third place finish was logged by Finn O'Haimhirgin in the 50 free after he touched in 20.38.
 
The women's 100 freestyle saw the Utes capture two of the top three positions, starting with Maddie Woznick, who clocked in at 51.30 to grab second place, just ahead of Reagan Cathcart's time of 51.54, which placed her third. That result repeated itself in the women's 200 backstroke, with Summer Stanfield picking up a second-place finish, thanks to a mark of 1:58.09, and Norah Hay snagging third, completing the race in 2:02.01. In the men's 200 back, Ungur established a new personal-best with a time of 1:48.61, which was also good enough for third.

The second and third spots also went to Utah in the women's and men's 200 breaststroke, as Charity Pittard took the No. 2 position and Krystal Lieu landed in third in the former race, while the latter event saw Horner finish in the silver spot and Baylor Lewis take third place.
 
Kabacy's second top three finish of the afternoon came when she posted the second-best finish in the 500 free at 4:58.87 and Molly Jacobson took third in 5:01.55. On the men's side, it was Marko Kovacic swimming into second place at 4:32.34, one spot ahead of Dylan Becker and his time of 4:37.45.
 
Second and third place again belonged to Utah in the both the women's and men's 100 fly, as Kayla Miller posted the team's best time in the women's race at 57.48 followed by a mark of 58.50 from Harper Lehman. It was VanBrocklin in second on the men's side, reaching the end in 48.72 and Noah Carlson was right behind him, being credited with a time of 51.46.
 
The Utes concluded the swimming portion of the meet with strong showings in the 200 IM and 400 freestyle relays. The women's IM saw Stanfield finish second and Pittard capture third and Lewis earned his team a second-place spot in the men's race, with Horner touching soon after. In the women's relay, Cathcart, Woznick, Erin Palmer and Miller combined for a time of 3.26.96 and a second-place finish, followed by O'Haimhirgin, Lucas Calderon, VanBrocklin and Kovacic earning second with a mark of 2:58.85.
 
"I think we're off to a very good start," said Persson, "and we're looking forward to having the women host USC and UCLA in two weeks and then for both teams to host UNLV in three weeks leading up to our invite to Princeton."
 
On The Boards
For the second straight day, Holly Waxman and Kathryn Grant were in top form, with Waxman posting her second-highest score ever on the 1m at 290.33 and Grant earning a spot in the program's all-time top 10 with a mark of 290.33, both of which were good enough to meet the NCAA's Qualifying standards. Grant also posted an NCAA Zone score on the 3m, with a dive that graded out at 280.13. Lizzy DeCecco's score of 274.70 earned her third in the 3m.
 
Utah's best score in the men's 1m belonged to Jenner Pennock, who earned a mark of 289.73 to place second. The men's 3m included Luke McDivitt finishing with a score of 310.50, good enough for second place, while Ben Smyth's 297.98 put him in third.
 
"We did exactly as I'd hoped," said diving coach Richard Marschner. "We did better today than yesterday. It wasn't perfect, but we're learning and we're using this experience to build for the end of the season. We had some really good performances by Holly and Kathryn. Kathryn had a top-10 score on the 1m and we were basically two-three-four in most events, so it was a really positive day. I saw some good attitudes, I saw some changes with our dives and I'm excited to get some training in over the next three days."
 
Next Up
Utah's women's swimming and diving team will open up the program's home schedule on Oct. 28, when they welcome UCLA to the Ute Natatorium, while the men's squad will be back in action on Nov. 4 at home against UNLV.
 
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