Utah Wins 13 Events In Opening Relay Meet

Photo Courtesy: Tia Patron/Tennessee Athletics

Utah Swimming and Diving won 13 out of 15 events as both the men’s and women’s teams topped BYU this evening in an exhibition relay meet.

“I am really pleased with the performance of the team tonight,” said Utah head coach Joe Dykstra. “I think the energy on deck was very good and I charged the team with being very competitive, but also being cohesive and supportive of one another.

I was also very happy with some of the times we put up today. We were a lot faster than we swam in this meet last year. I also think that the depth in our recruiting over the past few years is really starting to show up in how competitive we are.”

The women’s team kicked things off with a victory in the 150 fly as Darby Wayner, Gillian St. John and Jenna Marsh timed in at 1:16.20.

The men began by capturing the 150 back with Paul Ungur, Justin McArthur and Cole Avery completing the event in a time of 1:07.15. The women’s team consisting of Emma Broome, Mallori Allen and Rebecca Zeiger were also able to win the 150 back event (1:19.27).

In the 150 breast relay, a team of Genevieve Robertson, Mariah Gassaway and Grace Horvath took first (1:30.15) while Jack Burton, Ethan Dillard and Ganem Tebet captured the event for the men (1:19.21).

In the 400 free, Felix Chiun, Rahiti De Vos, Liam O’Haimhirgin and Austin Phillips touched in at 3:02.26 while the women’s relay quartet of Dorien Butter, Jordan Anderson, Ianire Casarin and St. John reeled in another victory for the Utes. (3:28.24).

Utah swept the 500 free, with Marsh, Butter, Casarin and Anderson representing the women’s team and Rodolfo Moreira, O’Haimhirgin, Phillips and De Vos participating for the men.

The mixed 200 relay of Ungur, Burton, Wayner and St. John touched the wall first while their teammates Moreira, Marsh, Butter and Ungur finished right behind them.

The final victories of the night occurred in the 400 IM relay, with Anderson, Wayner, Zeiger and Horvath coming out with a win for the women and Dillard, Phillips, McArthur and Avery capturing it for the men

Both Ute squads open the regular season with Pac-12 meets against Cal at Ute Natatorium. The women will take on the No. 2 Golden Bears on Monday, Oct. 9 at 3:30 p.m. and the men will host the No. 1 ranked team in the nation on Saturday, Oct. 14.

Press release courtesy of Utah Athletics. 

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Author: James Sica

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James Sica is the Men and Women's Assistant Coach at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been an assistant coach at CMU in Pittsburgh, PA (2015-2017), a volunteer assistant coach with the Harvard women’s program (2014-2015) and an assistant with the Ithaca College men's program (2012-2014).

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