SALT LAKE CITY – Only one event is left for the University of Utah swim and dive team before the calendar switches to 2023, and the final meeting of 2022 is Princeton’s Big Al Invitational, taking place December 2-4 at the DeNunzio Pool will be held in Princeton, New Jersey
“I want us to come up with a great attitude,” said the coach Jonas Persson“and to be competitive in all aspects. I know we’ve been training really hard and ramping up our game this fall and I think this week will show. I’m excited to see people swimming fast, I know they’re excited to swim fast and it’ll be fun to see our divers step up as well.”
The Utes also traveled to the Garden State for this 2021 meetup, finishing at the top of the leaderboard for both men and women. In three days, Utah racked up more than a dozen wins and added several new entries to the program record book. One of the highlights of the weekend was Ben Smiths Performance on the platform where he finished with a score of 398.95, a new DeNunzio pool record.
The Utes will compete in a field that includes the Tigers, along with George Washington, Denver and CSU Bakersfield.
out last time
It has been almost a month since the entire team was last in action and hosted UNLV in a duel that ended with Persson earning his first win as head coach with a 389-206 aggregate score. In 32 events, Utah came out on top 25 times en route to victory, including all four seasons.
Finn O’Haimhirgin, Hilja Schimmel and Evan VanBrocklin each finished first in two races, while Summer Stanfield was the only competitor of the meeting who could claim three victories. This was the third time in Stanfield’s career that she left a three-victory meeting, securing first place in the 200 butterfly, 200 backstroke, and 200 individual medley.
Eight other Utah swimmers finished the day with at least one first place finish, including this list Sydney even, Katie Hale, Andrei Ungur, Reagan Catcart, Erin Palmer, Preston Planells, Marko Kovacic and Baylor Lewis.
For the Utes divers, their final gathering was the Texas Diving Invite, held November 16-19. The Utes began this invitation with a team event, with both their men’s and women’s teams finishing ahead of teams from Stanford. On days two and three Holly Wachsmann surpassed the qualifying marks for the NCAA championship, first in the 3-meter dash, then in the 1-meter dash. As the focus shifted to the platform on the final day, BenSmith, Luke McDivitt and Holly Wachsmann all performed well enough to earn zone scores, while Smyth had his team’s best finish, finishing fourth.
After returning from New Jersey, the Utes are back home on January 6th and 7th hosting Colorado Mesa at the Ute Natatorium.
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