SALT LAKE CITY – The final home meet of the 2022-23 season for the University of Utah swim and dive team is fast approaching, and during this face-off with the BYU Cougars, which will be held at the Ute Natatorium on Friday and Saturday, the Utes will honor the 11 senior members of this year’s squad.
Both teams’ jumpers will be in action on Friday from 5:30 p.m. and Saturday’s celebrations, which include swimming and diving, will begin at 11:00 a.m. Ceremonies for Seniors’ Day will also be held on Saturday and are expected to begin at 10:45am
“I think we’re ready,” said the head coach Jonas Persson. “It’s the women’s team’s last doubles meeting and last chance to prepare for the conference, so I know they’re excited. They swam really well against Washington State. We want to improve that, and if you improve that, you’ll keep getting better, you’ll get a W. On the men’s side we lost by 60 points last year and I know they want revenge. They are hot and ready to go.
“BYU is always a really intense and fun gathering,” said the dive coach Richard Marcher. “Everyone looks forward to competing against a rival. I think they have some really good jumpers that we need to beat in our A-game. They bring out the best in us and I look forward to seeing them Elias [Petersen] Get some really strong competition and the ladies too. I think we’ve had a good training session and we’re ready to get some good results.”
This isn’t the first time the Red and Blue have seen each other in 2022-23 as they attended an exhibition relay meeting in Provo on September 23. The Utes picked up six first places that day, including a win in the mixed 200 free relay, which saw teams from Utah take the top three places.
Persson’s charges will be looking for a repeat of the Cougars’ last appearance in Salt Lake City, which took place in January 2021 and ended in victories for both the men’s and women’s teams. On the women’s side, Audrey Reimer broke two records in the pool and Maddie Woznick Tie in a 176-124 triumph. The men’s meeting ended 179-121 in Utah’s favor and saw Cooper DeRyk break a pool record in the 100 butterfly and Tony Chen take first place in 1m and 3m.
Meet Day promotions
The first 100 fans in the pool will receive free sunglasses on Saturday, and those who attend that day can also snag a Utah Rally Towel.
last time out
The final duel for the Utah male swimmers and jumpers was on January 7th and ended in a 128-57 win for the Utes over Colorado Mesa, while the program’s female swimmers and jumpers were fresh from a dominant 156-99 win over the Washington State returned on January 20th. Utah will try to keep up the momentum where they haven’t lost a doubleheader since October.
Summer Stanfield played a starring role for the Utes against WSU, claiming victories in the 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly, and 200 medley, and was also part of a winning 400 medley relay team. It was the second time in 2022-23 that Stanfield had won three times in a match, giving her a total of 14 wins up to that point in her senior year.
However, Stanfield was far from the only ute to reach the winners’ circle against the Cougars. Lili Milner swam 100 backstroke for first place, Hilja Schimmel leader in the 100-meter breaststroke, Katie Hale won the 50 free, crystal instead grabbed first in the 200 breaststroke and Woznick emerged victorious from the 100 free. Diver Lizzy DeCecco and Lexi Mills both achieved qualifying results in the 1m and 3m dashes.
February begins for Utah’s divers with the Air Force Diving Invitational Feb. 2-4, while the team’s male swimmers aim for a Feb. 10 trip to USC.
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