SAN DIEGO, California, October 11. THE University of Utah swimming and diving women defeated the San Diego State Aztecs 168-132 to begin conference competition on Saturday. This is the eighth straight victory over the Aztecs for the Utes.
The Utes continued their dominance in the Fly events, sweeping the top three spots in the 100 Fly with Hannah Caron taking first with a time of 55.08, Beth Gunderson taking second with a time of 57.64 and Jen Fredsall finishing third with a time of 58.32. A Ute has finished in the top spot in every Fly event this season so far. Caron also finished first in the 200 Fly (2:03.21) and second in the 200 Breast (2:23.30) and Gunderson placed in the top spot in the 200 Back (2:04.28). Gunderson also finished second in the 100 Back (57.94).
"We're one of the better team in the country in the 100 Fly," said Head Coach Greg Winslow. "It was good to see us win in our strong events."
San Diego had a big contribution from Swedish freshman Jeanette Engzell. Engzell helped her 200 medley relay team to the top finish as well as finishing first in both the 100 Breast (1:05.47) and the 200 Breast (2:20.54). With those wins, the Aztecs looked to upset the Utes at the beginning of the meet, but the women came back with a solid effort to put the Aztecs away.
"I was impressed with how San Diego State put things together," said Winslow, "We had to rally again and pull together to get the win."
The divers from Utah also swept the top two spots, with Queenie Yu finishing first in the 1-meter dive and Anna Braskiewicz finishing second. The two switched spots in the 3-meter dive, with Braskiewicz in first and Yu in second. This is the second meet in which the women have taken the top two spots in the diving events.
Other winners on Saturday were Kristina Helmers placing first in the 200 Free (1:54.76) and the 400 IM (4:30.71), Natalie Edge (24.22) and Jen Fredsall (25.03) in the top two positions in the 50 free, Whitney Lopus took first in the 500 Free, Annie VanLeeuwen finished first in the 100 Free (52.95) and the Utah 400 Free relay team, composed of Edge, VanLeeuwen, Fredsall, and Lopus finishing in the top spot with a time of 3:31.46. All the top finishers from Utah, including the relay team, broke the Aztec Aquaplex records. That is nine events that the Utes hold records for at San Diego State.
"It was good to see some of the women compete in events they don't usually do. Kristina Helmers doesn't usually swim the 200 Free, and she ended up winning, which was great. We saw Beth Gunderson in the 100 Fly, which isn't one of her top four events. We mixed things up in our relay events, trying to compete against ourselves," said Winslow. "We're really happy with our first conference win."
The women will be continue competition against the University of Denver Pioneers November 1st at home in Salt Lake City. The meet will start at 1:00 pm.
Special thanks to Utah for contributing this report.