Swim and snorkel in firm control before the last day of Big Al Invite

PRINCETON, New Jersey – The Utah Swim and Dive Team finished day two of the Princeton Big Al Invitational on Saturday night, putting on several solid performances throughout the day as Utah continued an aggressive start to the season.

In 28 events, the Utah men held a nearly 50 point lead over host Princeton, totaling 748.5 points overall. The women led by over 100 points, ending the day at 678 points. In their first invitational swim, the Utes ultimately continued to impress.

Men – Team rankings

1. Utah – 748.5 4. George Washington – 338
2. Princeton – 688 5. Denver – 337
3. Colombia – 440.5 6. TCU – 24

Women – Team rankings

1. Utah – 678 5. Rutgers – 346
2. Princeton – 548 6. TCU – 54
3. Denver – 434 7. Colombia – 25
4. George Washington – 378

The men’s 200 IM team won the afternoon’s first event title. Andrei Ungur led him for the Utes with Andrew Britton, Cooper Deryk and Finn O’Haimhirgin swimming hard to finish the win in 1: 24.47. The men’s team B was fourth in 1: 26.95 (JP Hynes, Jaek Horner, Santi Contreras, Lucas calderon).

Baylor lewis and Jackson cunningham won fifth place (3: 53.04) and sixth place (3: 53.91) in the 400 IM, respectively. In the 100 butterfly, Utah saw four Utes finish in the top 10. Ben waterman led the charge finishing in 46.48 to claim second place as Andrei Ungur was fifth in 47.56. Deryk and Contreras rounded out Ute’s top finishers in seventh (48.15) and eighth (50.23).

First-year student Marko Kovacic, who wore a red jersey last year and is able to swim nearly a dozen events, won the 200 freestyle (1: 35.61). O’Haimhirgin placed two back in third (1: 36.93) as Noah carlson was sixth (1: 39.09) to extend Utah’s lead.

Following this, Utah continued their strong performance in the 200 freestyle with a victory in the 100 breaststroke thanks to Jaek Horner (53.04). Andrew Britton and Lex Nietling-Hernandez put in a strong performance placing sixth (54.83) and seventh (55.03), respectively.

Providing the men with their third win of the day was Andrei Ungur winning the title in the 100 backstroke (46.06). Hynes was third (47.17) with Ryan garstang and Parker McOmber finishing in the top 10 in sixth (48.52) and seventh (48.68).

Passage to the diving well, Tony chen started the Utes with a second place finish in the 3m diving with a total of 392.40 points. First-year student Ben smyth was fourth with 290.05 and McDivitt won the fifth point with 337.00.

The women swam well that day, with the relay team from Emma without law, Madison’s story, Katie hale, and Leyre Casarin third in relay 200 QN. The relay B team of Norah hay, Mckenna gassaway, Kate leary and Madeline Woznick was sixth in 1: 42.80.

Pittard Charity led the Utah women in the 400 IM finishing fourth in 4: 20.92. Mandy gebhart and first year student Milla Ruthven ranked sixth (4: 25.37) and seventh (4: 27.60), respectively.

Lawless had another strong performance in the 100 butterflies placing fourth in 54.61. The lady Utes has finished in the top-8 of the 200 freestyle three times with Cameron Daniell hit the first in 1: 50.53 to capture the fifth. Leyre Casarin and Molly jacobson completed the top spots in seventh (1: 50.78) and eighth (1: 51.22), respectively.

Kayla miller stood out by finishing second in the 100 breaststroke (1: 02.58) while Pittard was twice third with a time of 1: 02.69. A pair of freshmen touched almost at the same time as Hurdles Anélise and Madison’s story got the seventh (1: 04.11) and the eighth (1: 04.22).

Lawless once again made his presence known in the 100 backstroke by finishing third (54.44) with Gebhart touching just after in 54.70, good for the third.

The Utah women closed the second day with a strong performance from the 800 free relay team. Miller, Daniell, Jacobson and Kabacy all swam well to be third in 7: 25.12.

Holly waxman, in his first year with the team, continued to perform well finishing fourth in the 1m diving (267.25). Waxman missed the podium by exactly one point and was called by his teammate Lexi mills in seventh (250.85).

The Utah Swim and Dive Team will close out the Big Al Invitational tomorrow with prelims coverage starting at 7:00 a.m. MT on ESPN +. The finals are scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. MT with coverage also available on ESPN +.

Full day two results can be viewed here.

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