Arizona Men and Women Take Road Win Over Utah

ARIZONA VS. UTAH

  • Results
  • Hosted by University of Utah
  • Saturday, October 22nd
  • 25 yards
  • Dual meet format

FINAL TEAM SCORES

  • Men: Arizona 156, Utah 142
  • Women: Arizona 171, Utah 119

The Arizona men and women were on the road again this weekend, taking their 2nd-straight away meet victory against Utah in Salt Lake City.

Arizona freshman Hannah Cox, a Junior World Championships medalist for team USA, was one of the standouts of the meet, bringing hom 3 individual event titles for the Wildcats. Her first win came in the 200 free, where she raced to the wall in 1:50.55.

Cox then battled with Tjasa Oder, an Arizona All-American, in the 500 free. Oder won the 1000 free (10:09.73) earlier in the session, but came up just short in the 500, as Cox won it in 4:56.15 to Oder’s 4:57.32. Cox went on to complete a successful triple with her 2:06.02 in the 200 IM.

Sophomore All-Americans Annie Ochitwa and Katrina Konopka were double event winners for the Wildcats. Konopka, an Olympic Trials finalist, swept the sprint freestyles with her 23.44 in the 50 free and 51.37 in the 100 free. All-American Ochitwa, on the other hand, pulled off the 100 fly/100 back double with times of 54.23 and 54.36 respectively.

Utah’s Stina Colleou pulled in the 200 breast victory for the Utes, swimming the only sub-2:20 time of the field with her 2:19.15. Her teammate Brianna Francis sealed the 1-2 for Utah in that race, coming to the wall 2nd in 2:22.93.

Arizona freshmen Brendan Meyer and Thomas Anderson each picked up an individual win, marking the first dual meet wins of their collegiate careers. Anderson’s win came in the 200 back, where his 1:51.01 was good for a victory over Utah freshman Ethan Dillard (1:52.01).

Meyer, on the other hand, won the 200 fly against All-American teammate Justin Wright. On the back half, Wright started gaining ground, but Meyer was able to hold him off at the touch. Meyer won it in 1:50.34 to Wright’s 1:50.44.

Utah’s Jack Burton was the only double event winner on the men’s side, first winning the 100 breast in 57.02. Burton then led a 1-2-3 sweep for the Utes in the 200 breast, clocking a 2:05.54 for the win. Coming in behind him were teammates Ganem Tebet Baez (2:05.66) and Nolan Rogers (2:07.07).

Rogers went on to win the 200 IM in a tight battle with Arizona’s Nick Thorne. They were neck-and-neck into the finish, but Rogers secured the win by .02 with his 1:53.09 to Thorne’s 1:53.11.

PRESS RELEASE – UTAH:

SALT LAKE CITY- The University of Utah swimming and diving team suffered losses to Arizona today in Pac-12 action. The men’s team was defeated 156-142 and the women fell 171-119.

“It was not the best exhibition of Pac-12 swimming we have seen from either team,” said Utah head coach Joe Dykstra. “We had some slow, ugly swimming out there, very tired swimming. You can just tell both teams are beat up from training and the early morning start didn’t help. However, we really got into that meet at the end.

We put up some times that were pretty terrible across the board but the effort was great. Some people were able to clean up some stuff technically from yesterday, even if they were turning in slower times. I will take some positives out of this. We have to continue to pay the grind in training and get ready for bigger things next month.”

Jack Burton had an impressive showing for the Utes, winning the 100 breast, touching in at 57.02, as well as the 200 breast (2:05.54). He is currently undefeated this season in both events.

In the 100 back, Paul Unger was first with a time of 49.67. Freshman Liam O’Haimhirgin also took first in the 100 free (46.43).

In a close 200 IM race, it was Nolan Rogers who came out on top. He finished with a time of 1:53.09, just .02 seconds in front of Arizona’s Nick Thorne.

Another win for the Utes was added by Rahiti De Vos in the 500 free (4:34.74). He also took second in the 200 free (1:41.74).

Peter Kotson (1,000 free, 9:39.25) and Ethan Dillard (200 back, 1:52.01) picked up second-place finishes as well.

In diving, the Utes claimed the top three spots in both the one-meter and the three-meter. On the one-meter board, it wasJosiah Purss in first with a score of 363.53 followed by Connor Cain (282.00) and Daniel Theriault (238.43).

On the three-meter, it was the same order. Purss was first (333.83) with Cain (266.93) and Theriault (223.58) following.

On the women’s side, Stina Colleou took first in the 200 breast touching in at 2:19.15. Darby Wayner also took first in the 200 IM (2:09.11). She was followed by Brianna Francis (2:10.30) and Jordan Anderson (2:12.93).

Colleou and Wayner also took second in their respective events. Colleou was second in the 100 breast (1:04.89) and Wayner was runner-up in the 100 fly (56.93).

Another win was recorded in the 200 free relay. The team of Dorien Butter, Kristine Pataray, Gillian St.John and Jenna Marsh touched in with a time of 1:35.08. Claire Jackson, Sarah Lott, Hailey Pabst and Mallori Allen were second (1:38.27).

On the boards, Amanda Casilla was first in both the one-meter and three-meter. She came away with a score of 291.45 in the one-meter, while on the three-meter, she tallied a score of 267.75. Lauren Hall was second (220.58) and Madison Cock third. (201.23) in the three-meter event.

Up next, the Utes will travel to Las Vegas on Nov. 4 where they will take on the UNLV Rebels.

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Cynthia mae Curran

Arizona has some good teams, they won NCAA’s I think in 2008.

Cynthia mae Curran

Arizona has some good teams, they won NCAA’s I think in 2008.

Fastswimmer

Very true, however it seems like they’ve had a fall from grace the past few years. I believe 4th or 5th in 2013 than 8th in 2014 than 12th 2015 and last year 16th or something like that. Hate to see programs like Arizona fall like that. I’m confident they’ll bring it back up though.

sam smith

Looks like they need a fast breaststroker!

AZWildcat

That was after coach Busch left to take the national team director position. There were a few tough years where the leadership was a question mark. Now that coach Rocket is in charge, look for the Cats to keep climbing back to the top.

chewbaca

They actually have to start climbing up the ladder. All they’ve done recently is climb down it.

AZWildcat

I’m a proud alumnus and always will be. What D1 program did you swim for May I ask?

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