Utah Swim and Dive Looks to Prove Themselves in Atlanta

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By Carlos Padilla, Sports Writer

The University of Utah swim and dive teams will be back in action this weekend as they compete in the Georgia Tech Invitational. The Utah women currently have a record of 2-3, while the men are close behind at 1-3.

This will be a quick turnaround for the diving teams, as they are fresh off competing in Los Angeles during the Trojan Diving Invitational. The Utes had several victories in the Golden State, with Tony Chen taking second place in the 3m championship, with a final score of 705.00. Luke McDivvit also placed second on the platform, finishing at 576.40.

“Tony did a nice job today and he is starting to put his dives down really well,” said head diving coach Richard Marschner to Utah Athletics. “He is on the verge of having a truly great meet and is trending in the right direction.”

On the last day of the competition, Regan Caufield placed seventh in the competition, but also placed her name in the record books. Caufield’s platform score of 219.2 was enough to be considered the eight best time in Utah history.

“Regan salvaged the day with a good performance on the tower,” Marschner said. “It was the first time she has ever competed in that event and she dived with confidence and poise. She will improve with the more experience she gets.”

While Utah did not have the meet they may have wanted, the Trojan Diving Invitational served as a great learning experience for many of the younger Utah divers. While several performances stood above the rest, hopefully, the Utes will be able to carry that experience with them as they travel to Atlanta.

Switching to the swim teams, the Utes have had ample time to practice and recover. The last time the Utes were in action for swimming was at the beginning of the month when the Utes competed against UNLV.

Considering the number of standout performances that the Utes were able to achieve in multiple events during the meet in Las Vegas, expectations should be raised for this young Utah team. The trip to Georgia will allow Utah to prove that they are a talented group that can hold their own.

With the pending meet in Georgia, the Utah Utes look to this weekend as a proving ground. While the swim team had decent success in Las Vegas, they have been out of commission for a few weeks. The diving teams will attempt to carry the existing momentum and put to use the newly-gained experience from southern California. The Utes will the water on Friday, Nov. 22 and will be in Georgia until Nov. 24.

 

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