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Women’s Swim & Dive: Freshman Genevieve Robertson Swimming to Success

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Genevieve Robertson, Utah Swim and Dive team August 31, 2015 in Salt Lake City, UT. (Photo / Steve C. Wilson / University of Utah)

Utah freshman Genevieve Robertson has had a successful first half of her first season with the Utes’ swim team, claiming several individual wins at dual meets. Back in October, Robertson managed to take third in both the 100- (1:05.27) and 200-yard (2:21.59) breaststroke against USC in her first meet for Utah.

As the team headed to California for a back-to-back meet against UC Berkeley and Stanford, Robertson shone in the 200-yard breast by winning the event in 2:14.29, marking her first win of the season.

Genevieve Robertson, Utah Swim and Dive team August 31, 2015 in Salt Lake City, UT. (Photo / Steve C. Wilson / University of Utah)
Genevieve Robertson, Utah Swim and Dive team August 31, 2015 in Salt Lake City, UT. (Photo / Steve C. Wilson / University of Utah)

Last week, the women’s swim team headed to Corvallis, Ore., where they competed against Oregon State to start off the second half of their season. A total of nine events were won that day by the Utes as they captured a 143-116 win.

But one swimmer in particular managed to snag double wins at the first Pac-12 conference meet of 2016. Robertson won a pair of events for the Utes, capturing the 100- (1:04.44) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:17.68).

“This season is going really well,” Robertson said. “I wasn’t really on my best times last year, but at our mid-season meet, I was right on my best times, so that was really good for me.”

At the Arts Adamson Invitational back in November, Robertson had an impressive performance, reaching finals in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:12.21) and finishing with a NCAA “B” qualifying time of 1:02.05 in the 100-yard breaststroke. She also swam the 200-yard IM, finishing with a time of 2:08.35.

With a good finish in 2015 and a strong start to 2016, Robertson has only hopeful goals for herself.

“I’m hoping for some best times this year,” Robertson said. “I want to qualify for NCAAs and also final there, but ultimately, best times are what I’m aiming for.”

Robertson isn’t stopping there, though, as she strives to achieve her goals for her swimming career, even beyond college.

“The Olympics have always been a lifelong goal for me,” Robertson said. “I want to make the Senior National team for Canada. I also want to go to trials and place well. I just want people to see that when I went off to a university … I actually made something of myself.”

In the meantime, Robertson will focus on the duals meets coming up for this next half, keeping her mind set on her goals.

“I have a couple of dual meets coming up, and so I’m looking forward to see what I will do,” Robertson said.

Robertson and the rest of the Utah women’s swim team will be back in action this weekend down in Provo against in-state rival BYU.

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