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Women’s Swim & Dive Drops 175-125 Decision to No. 20 UCLA

Oct 28, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY – The University of Utah women's swimming and diving team received first-place finishes from Kayla Miller, Summer Stanfield and Holly Waxman on Friday afternoon, but suffered a 175-125 defeat at the hands of the No. 20 UCLA Bruins at the Ute Natatorium.
 
"I think we had a pretty good meet," said coach Jonas Persson. "We came in pretty hot and the girls were excited because we knew we had a chance to win. I think they were just a little too excited walking in the door. It was hard starting off the meet with two losses, but we also had some pretty inspirational races today. A lot of them, we were we just touched out. We had seven or eight races where we were within a second of winning."
 
In The Pool
Miller picked up Utah's first victory of the day in the 200 freestyle, finishing almost a full second ahead of second place with a time of 1:52.90. The second win of the meet for the Utes came courtesy of Stanfield, who, after narrowly missing out on the top spot in the 200 butterfly, landed atop the podium in the 200 backstroke. Stanfield clocked in at 1:59.05 to snag another first-place finish for Utah.
 
Reagan Cathcart just missed out on a pair of first place finishes, placing second in the 50 and 100 freestyle races. In the 50 free, Cathcart did top the career-best she'd set less than three weeks ago, posting a time of 23.31 and she completed the 100 free in 51.65. Hilja Schimmel also took second place twice, first in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:03.51, and again in the 200 breaststroke, where her final time came in at 2:15.66. Another second-place finish came courtesy of Taylor Kabacy in the 1000 free, which she completed in 10:27.15.
 
"The girls were really excited and passionate," said Persson, "but its early in the season, so we were lacking a little bit of experience and that showed today. This is going to make them better, they can learn from it and we're looking forward to a good day tomorrow."
 
On The Boards
Waxman collected her second triumph of the year in the 1m, earning a score of 282.83, which also marked the third time in three meets she posted an NCAA Zone score. The second and third-highest scores in the event belonged to Utah divers as well, with those spots taken up by Kathryn Grant and Lizzy DeCecco, respectively.
 
In the 3m, both Waxman and DeCecco recorded qualifying marks, Waxman's best dive getting her a score of 306.38, while DeCecco's effort was good enough to grade out at 298.13. This marked the first time in 2022-23 multiple Utes posted zone scores in the 1m and 3m.
 
"I'm really happy," said diving coach Richard Marschner. "We had a really strong comeback from the California trip. We hit a couple more zone scores. We're really working on making some technique changes. Sometimes, the results are going to suffer because of that, but we're not really worried as much about the results as long as we're doing it at the end of the year."
 
Next Up
The Utes won't have to wait long for another opportunity, as they'll be back in the pool on Saturday for a meet with USC that will begin at 11 a.m.
 
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