Provo, Utah – The University of Utah swimming and diving team collected six first-place finishes on Friday night while competing against the BYU Cougars in a relay meet at the Richards Building Pool.
“I’m really happy about the meet today,” said the coach Jonas Persson. “We had great attitudes and competed hard. Our swimmers and divers are proud to be Utes and it really showed today. We have a few more weeks of hard training before our first conference meets, so today was great preparation for that.”
The night began with the mixed 200 free relay and the Utes captured the top three spots, led by the quartet of Finn O’Haimhirgin, JP Hynes, Maddie Woznick and Erin Palmer. Right behind them were Katie Hale, Reagan Cathcart, Davis Stachelek and Lucas Calderon and third place was occupied by Jake Horner, Kayla Miller, Sofia Carlson and Parker McOmber.
Utah followed that up with another dominant showing, this one in the women’s 3×150 butterfly, where Summer Stanfield, Harper Lehman and Sydney Even landed atop the podium, just ahead of Sadie Edwards, Kim Lanaghen and Taylor Alicea-Jorgensen.
Two more first-place finishes by the Utes came in the men’s 3×150 backstroke and the women’s 3×150 breaststroke. McOmber, Andrei Ungur and Holden Ellsworth swam into the top spot in the former event, while the latter saw Charity Pittard, Krystal Lieu and Hilja Schimmel claim first.
The final Utah victories of the day came in the women’s 500 free relay and the women’s 400 medley relay. The free relay squad of Lily MilnerWoznick, Stanfield and Miller teamed up to best the field in their race and Miller and Stanfield later joined forced with Shimmel and Pittard to win the medley relay, where another Utah crew consisting of Milner, Palmer, Alyssa Watson and Krystal Lieu snagged second.
Utah’s 2022-23 regular season will begin on Oct. 12, when they’ll face the California Golden Bears in Berkeley, Calif.
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