Yesterday, the University of Utah women won nine events to take the win against Oregon State, 143-116.
Oregon State put up a strong fight, though. Sammy Harrison, the 2014 PAC-12 champion in the mile and last year’s 7th place finisher in the mile at NCAA Division I Championships, took the win in every individual event she swam. Harrison, a senior, tied her school record to win the 1000 free in 10:31.60 (seven seconds ahead of 2nd place Ute Isabella Kearns‘s 10:38.50), the 500 free in 4:57.88 (ahead of 2nd place Ute Jordan Anderson‘s 5:01.85), and the 200 free in 1:52.32 (again ahead of Anderson, who went 1:53.70).
Genevieve Robertson of Utah grabbed a pair of wins in the breaststroke events. In the 100, she outswam Oregon’s Czsarina Isleta (1:05.30), for a winning 1:04.44. In the 200, she and her teammate Brianna Francis swept first and second. Robertson finished in 2:17.68, followed by Francis’s 2:19.76.
Francis took the win in the 200 IM (2:05.02), well ahead of Isleta’s 2:10.03.
The 100 fly was a close race between Utah’s Jenna Marsh and 17-year-old Megan Lam of Oregon. Marsh took the race out fast in 26.83, a second ahead of Lam. Lam tried to catch her by swimming a back-half 30.00, but Marsh was too far ahead, and she won in 57.28. Lam clocked 57.75.
The 100 back was another close race between rivals, this time Amani Amr of Oregon and Utah’s Shayla Archer. Here, Oregon took the first-place points, as Amr finished in 59.28, followed by Archer’s 59.81.
Kearns and Lam grabbed first and second in the 200 fly, swimming 2:05.30 and 2:05.81, respectively.
The 200 back went to Utah’s Hailey Pabst in 2:07.94. Although she didn’t make it in ahead of Pabst, Amr swam a crazy race. She split 1:05.52 on the first 100 and then came back in 1:02.80, for an absolutely ridiculous negative split of nearly three seconds. Her final time was 2:08.32.
Utah swimmers Darby Wayner (24.34), Marsh (24.42), and Rhianna Williams (24.58) nabbed 1st through 3rd in the 50 free. They also grabbed a first-place finish in the 100 free from Gillian St. John in 52.14. Oregon’s Constance Toulemonde followed in 52.67.
Utah posted the fastest times in both relays, although all of their teams were marked ‘exhibition’ in the 200 free relay event, so Oregon’s Sophie MacEwan, Andrea Young, Toulemonde, and Claire MacLaggan won first-place points in 1:37.52. Utah’s Archer, Robertson, Marsh, and Wayner took the 200 medley in 1:46.44.
The Utah women are now 3-6 in duals for this season, although some of their losses came after facing the likes of Stanford and Cal. Oregon State is 0-6.