Utah To Open 2017-18 Season With Relays Against BYU

Press Release courtesy of Utah Athletics.

The University of Utah swimming and diving teams will compete against BYU this Friday, Sept. 22 in the Ute Natatorium. The exhibition meet will consist of relays and is set to begin at 5 p.m. All events will be non-scored.

This meet will not count towards the Deseret Duel, which will take place on Jan. 27, 2018 in Provo.

Utah’s men’s and women’s teams both 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.

Magnificent Seven Qualify for NCAA Championships

Utah sent seven athletes to the 2017 NCAA Championships. Stina Colleou, Genevieve Robertson and diver Amanda Casillas represented the women’s team while Daniel McArthur, Austin Phillips, Paul Ungur and diver Josiah Purss were the men’s quartet.

Colleou, making her fourth appearance at the NCAA’s, and Robertson, both swam in the 100 and 200 breast, while Casillas competed in the one-meter and platform event.

Phillips and McArthur, first time competitors at the NCAA’s, both swam in the 200 IM and 200 back. McArthur also achieved a PR in the 100 back and Phillips participated in the 200 free.

Ungur set a new PR in the 50 free and finished in the top 25 of the 100 back.

Purss participated in the one-meter and platform events.

Men Set Eight School Records At Pac-12’s 

To start things off, the 200 medley relay team of  Ungur, Jack Burton, Colten Montgomery, and McKay King finished the event in 1:25.45, almost a full two seconds faster than the previous mark set at the 2015 Pac-12 Championships.

Burton would later break two more school records. In the 200 breast, he touched in at 1:55.69 to win the “B” final, while in the 100 breast, he came away with a time of 53.35.

In the 200 back, McArthur finished seventh overall and broke the school record with a time of 1:41.66 in the prelims. He also recorded a new record in the 200 IM as he touched in at 1:44.86.

Ben Scott also set a new school mark in the 200 fly with a time of 1:45.01 during the prelims and then finished 14th overall. Phillips swam a 1:34.20 in the prelims for the 200 free, finishing eighth and capturing the school record.

In the 100 back, Ungur broke the school record touching in at 46.31 to finish seventh.

Women Takes Seventh At Pac-12’s

Jordan Anderson won the “C” final of the 400 IM with a time of 4:12.02, setting a new school record. She also placed fourth in the “C” final of the 500 free (4:46.98), 20th overall, and won the “C” final of the 200 fly (1:58.16).

In the 200 breast, Robertson placed sixth with a time of 2:10.33, a new PR.

Mallori Allen placed 16th overall in the 100 back with a PR time of 1:58.00 in the prelims. Cassidy Stein was 19th with a 1:58.11 and Christina Pick improved three seconds on her top time of the season, wrapping up in 2:01.84.

The 200 free relay team of Dorien Butter, Gillian St. John, Jenna Marsh and Julienne Tadena turned in a time of 1.31.66 to finish eighth. It was its fastest time of the season for the Utes.

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