Boise State, Colorado Mesa Hope to Cool Off Utah

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, October 25. THE University of Utah swimming and diving teams continued their impressive seasons with convincing wins over Boise State (women) and Colorado Mesa (men), winning 24 of 32 swimming events and three of four diving events on Friday night.

Utah Press Release

Utah Swimming and Diving put up a true team effort as the Ute men took on Colorado Mesa, while the Ute women faced Boise State today at Ute Natatorium. Utah collected victories from 13 different athletes as the Utes passed Colorado Mesa 187-107 and Boise State 188-112. Overall, the Utes claimed 24 of 32 races and went 3 for 4 on diving events.

“This was an all-around team effort,” said Utah head coach Joe Dykstra. “Swimmers, divers, seniors, underclassmen, our trainers, massage therapists. It was a total team effort out there. Everyone stepped up their game from where they’ve been the first couple meets and I think the results speak for themselves.”

The Utah men came right out of the gate with a victory as Nick Soedel, Kyle Owens, Karson Applin and Bence Kiraly topped the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:36.06.

The win streak continued as sophomore Andy Cunningham came away with the win in the 1000 free (9:40.68) and Soedel topped the 200 free (1:39.35).

Utah failed to take the top spot in the 100 back, but Brendan Nguyen and Alex Brown claimed second and third in the race (54.16, 54.17).

Tiltges then claimed the 100 breast crown (58.41) with Brandon Young close behind, finishing second (59.76).

The Utes went one, two, three in the 200 fly with Kristian Kron leading the way with a time of 1:51.00. Luis Macias touched in second (1:53.10), while Applin rounded out the top-three (1:59.85).

Alex Fernandes recorded a time of 21.37 in the 50 free to grab first-place, while also taking the top spot in the 100 free (46.35).

The Utah women also began the meet on a high note as Traycie Swartz, Stina Colleou, Petra Soininen and Giuliana Gigliotti touched in first in the 200 free (1:43.97).

Swartz, Colleou and Soininen each collected multiple victories in their respective individual events. Swartz in the 100 back (56.31) and the 100 free (51.39), Colleou in the 100 and 200 breast (1:04.57, 2:18.19) breast and Soininen in the 100 and 200 fly (55.74, 2:03.01).

Senior co-captain Samantha Zuch claimed first in the 1000 free (10:20) and the 500 free (5:02.10), while also taking third in the 200 free (1:53.63).

Junior transfer Amanda Barrett grabbed first in the 200 back (2:02.16) and second in the 200 free (1:52.89).

Nicole Ligeza snagged first in the 200 IM (2:05.54), while Gigliotti and Maddie Jamora went two-three in the 50 free (23.95, 24.35).

“The women really came to play today,” said Dykstra. “They stepped up the intensity, the enthusiasm and the execution from last week, which is exactly what we needed to beat a very good Boise State team. Make no mistake, that’s probably the best mid-major program in the country right now. We performed at a really high level today. It’s by far our best duel meet of the year. This was a really good step in the right direction.”

The Utes take on UNLV at Ute Natatorium Nov. 8 at 6 p.m.

Boise State Press Release

The Boise State women’s swimming and diving team fell 188-112 to the Utah Utes on Friday. Freshmen Brittany Aoyama touched in for first place in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.85 and Felicity Cann finished in first in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:51.09.

Senior Brooke Balogh finished the 200-yard freestyle in 2:05.63, good for a second-place finish. Sophomore Emri Moore recorded a time of 10:36.10 in the 1000-yard freestyle, also for a second-place finish. Junior Jessica Bottelberghe posted solid times in the 200-yard IM (2:05.91) and the 100-yard backstroke (57.57). Aoyama finished second in the 100-yard butterfly in 55.75, one-hundredth of a second behind the first-place Ute.

“It wasn’t our best day,” said head coach Kristin Hill. “We’re going to use today to get better.”

The 200-yard medley relay of Bottelberghe, Sydney Johansen, Aoyama and Katelyn Martin touched in at 1:44.02, five-hundredths of a second behind Utah.

Senior diver Ciera Cortney won the 3-meter with a score of 306.45. Junior Erin Kohlbeck was right on her heels, finishing in second with a score of 306.15. Cortney and Kohlbeck catapulted into the top-five scores in Bronco history the 3-meter with the third and fourth best marks, respectively.

“Both Erin and Ciera are improving on a daily basis,” said diving coach John Lynch. “It’s great to see them get these kinds of scores, especially knowing there is a lot of room for them both to get better.”

The Broncos will head to Provo, Utah to take on the BYU Cougars on Sunday, Oct. 27 at noon (MT) at Richards Building Pool.

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