The Utah swimming and diving program is fresh off another successful campaign, one that saw it send its largest contingent to the NCAA Championships since joining the Pac-12. The men broke a number of school records, while the women captured the last five dual meets of its campaign. With a core group of veteran swimmers, a top recruiting class, and an experienced diving squad, head coach Joe Dykstra is confident this team can compete with the rest of the conference.
Senior captains Austin Phillips and Daniel McArthur will lead the squad. McArthur reached three "B" finals at the Pac-12 Championships last year. Phillips, Liam O'Haimhirgin, Rodolfo Moreira helped make up the largest contingent of Utes to qualify to the NCAA Championships during head coach Joe Dykstra's tenure.
O'Haimhirgin competed in the 50, 100 and 200 free events while Moreira and Phillips represented the Utes in three relays; the 200 free, 200 medley and 400 medley.
Moreira, O'Haimhirgin and Phillips set a new program standard in the 200 free relay, and Moreira swam the anchor leg in the record-setting 200 medley relay. That quartet became the first Utah relay team to earn All-American status since 1975.
In Utah annals, O'Haimhirgin ranks second in the 100 free after placing fourth at the Pac-12 Championships with a time of 42.36. He ranks fourth in both the 50 free (19.70) and 200 free (1:34.72). Phillips is the school record holder in the 200 free.
Senior captains Jordan Anderson, Darby Wayner and Genny Robertson lead the women's team. Anderson and Robertson are both experienced swimmers who have made NCAA Championships in the past and Dykstra expects Wayner to get there this season.
Anderson took part in the 400 IM and 200 fly at last year's NCAA Championships. She shattered her own school record, winning the "B" final of the 400 IM during the 2018 Pac-12 Championships with a time of 4:08.31. She ranks third all-time in the 200 fly at Utah with a time of 1:58.16 at the 2017 Pac-12 Championships.
On the women's side, the Utes return Emma Ruchala, Clare Greenlow and Makenzie Caufield. All three will play key roles in the team's success this year. Daniel Theriault is the clear leader of the men's corps. The senior is a CSCAA Scholar All-American and took 20th on the platform at the NCAA Zones last season. Big things are also expected from newcomers Luke McDivitt and Rylan Little.
Joe Dykstra is in his sixth season at Utah. Under Dykstra's tutelage, both the men's and women's teams have finished in the top 30 at the NCAA Championships.
In 2017-18, Utah broke a pair of relay records on the men's side as Dykstra sent his largest Ute contingent to the NCAA Championships. The 200 medley become the first Utah relay team to earn All-American status since 1975. The 200 free relay broke the school record and Paul Ungur captured the 100 back at the Pac-12 Championships, set a new school record and became the first individual medalist at the conference event (third in program history). The Ute men also set records in the 400 medley and the 200 fly.
On the women's side, Jordan Anderson reached the NCAA Championships for the first time, competing in the 400 IM and 200 fly. She set the school record in the 400 IM at the Pac-12 Championships while teammate Sarah Lott did the same in the 200 back.
The Utah women had a 3.46 grade point average during the 2018 spring semester after recording a 3.49 GPA in the fall of 2017, its highest mark since 2010. This was the 11th-straight semester the Utes earned a team academic award from the CSCAA. Utah had seven CSCAA Scholar All-Americans and placed 14 swimmers on the Pac-12 All-Academic Teams.
The Utah men's team had a 3.11 grade point average, ranking third among Pac-12 schools. The Utes had six student-athletes named to the Pac-12 All-Academic First Team in 2018, most in the conference. It also placed a program record 12 student-athletes on the CSCAA Scholar All-American team.
Dykstra is heavily involved with the NCAA Swimming & Diving Committee and in his fourth year, is serving as the committee chair.
Prior to arriving in Salt Lake City, Dykstra was the head women's team coach at North Texas for seven seasons and earned Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2008 and 2013.
Dykstra also spent six seasons coaching at Washington, his final three as associate head coach of both the men's and women's teams. Both Washington teams placed in the top 20 during Dykstra's time on the coaching staff. Prior to Washington, Dykstra was the volunteer assistant coach for the men's team at Tennessee.
As a swimmer at Washington, he was a four-year Pac-10 finalist, a two-time Pac-10 All-Academic Team member, a U.S. National Championship finalist, and served as team captain his senior season.
Utah is one of few schools in the NCAA to have both indoor and outdoor 50-meter pools. It is also the only Power Five conference team that trains at altitude.
The U.'s competition pool and main training site, located in the HPER complex. Recent additions include new custom starting blocks, lane lines and a 5-meter diving platform. This year a new HD video scoreboard and timing system will be added.More Information
Indoor 50-meter pool adjacent to Ute Natatorium
Outdoor 50-meter pool, 10 minute walk from Ute Natatorium
10-meter diving training facility