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The Team

The Utah swimming & diving program and is coming off a successful campaign. The men achieved their highest national ranking in years of No. 22 and finished sixth at the Pac-12 meet. The women’s team showed poise late in the season and placed seventh at the Pac-12 Championships. A large graduating senior class has left big shoes to fill, but seventh year head coach Joe Dysktra is confident about the progress of his current swimmers and excited with the addition of his newest recruiting class.

Womens's Swimming

The women’s squad is an experienced group and returns 19 performers from last season. Senior Mallori Allen will serve as one of four captains. Classmate Sarah Lott placed 19th in the 100 back and 12th in the 200 back at the Pac-12 Championships. Another senior, CSCAA Scholar All-American Christina Pick, took 14th in the 400 IM and 20th in the 200 fly at the Pac-12 Championships.

Sophomore Audrey Reimer will lead the way in the backstroke events for the Utes after finishing ninth in the 100 back finals at the Pac-12 Conference Championships. Emma Broome had a breakout season as a sophomore and placed 12th in the 100 back and 18th in the 100 fly at the Pac-12 Championships. Kayla Yetter from Highland High School was a two-time state champion in the 100 free.

Anchoring the distance unit are Sara McClendon and Mandy Gebhart, a pair of juniors that Dykstra will rely on heavily in the 500 and 1000 free. Charity Pittard, a versatile rookie from Boise, Idaho, is expected to have a great shot to qualify for the 400 IM and 200 breast.

Men's Swimming

The men’s team will be captained by Colten Montgomery and Brody Lewis. Lewis qualified for the Olympic trials last summer, prompting Dykstra to shift his events away from the distance free and really focus on the breaststroke. Last season, Lewis finished 16th in the 200 breast and 18th in the 100 breast at the Pac-12 Championships. Moving into Lewis’ vacated role will be senior Rahiti De Vos, who won several events last summer at the South Pacific Games representing Tahiti. Redshirt sophomore David Fridlander will be a major contributor in the backstroke.

Diving

The Ute diving team is also young with no seniors. Juniors Emma Ruchala and Clare Greenlow are the veterans of the team on the women’s side and Ruchala, a CSCAA Scholar All-American, has been voted one of the team captains. Both earned a pair of top 40 finishes in the 1-meter and 3-meter events at the NCAA Zone Championships. Regan Caufield was a two-time high school All-American. Tony Chen and Luke McDivitt will lead the way on the men’s side.




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Jordan Anderson

Head Coach

JOE DYKSTRA

Joe Dykstra is in his seventh 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.

The Utes are coming off a successful 2018-19 campaign, when eight Utes qualified for the NCAA Championships. The men achieved their highest national ranking in years of No. 22 and finished sixth at the Pac-12 meet. The women’s team placed seventh at the Pac-12 Championships.

Jordan Anderson competed at nationals for the second time and swam in three events. Austin Phillips represented the Utes for the third time and competed in two events. Liam O'Haimhirgin made his second trip to nationals and was in three individual events. Tony Chen competed in the 1-meter and 3-meter events. The Utes were also be involved in three relays, the 200 free, 400 free and 200 medley.

The College Swimming Coaches Association of America honored both the men’s and women’s squads as Scholar All-America Teams. The Utah women had a 3.41 grade point average during the spring to earn their 13th straight CSCAA team academic award. The men’s team had a 3.15 GPA during the fall and picked up its 12th CSCAA academic award over the last 13 semesters.

Dykstra has been heavily involved advancing the sport of collegiate swimming & diving away from the U campus. He is the current president of the CSCAA (College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America) and is the past chair of the NCAA Swimming & Diving Committee.

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.

Staff

Jonas Persson

Associate Head Coach/Sprints

  • Returned to Utah in 2019 after three seasons as the head coach at Toledo.

  • Led the Rockets to their best MAC finish in five years in 2017-18.

  • Head sprint coach at Utah for five seasons. Coached seven swimmers that qualified for NCAAs and 11 that ranked in the top-50 nationally.

  • Helped Nick Soedel become an All-American and the first Ute to medal at the Pac-12 Championships in 2013. Soedel also won a 2014 Pac-12 championship in the 100 free.

  • A native of Sweden, Persson competed in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Won 16 Swedish national championships.

  • Set seven school records at Tennessee, where he was a 13-time All-American and team captain.

Richard Marschner

Head Diving Coach

  • Tenth season with the Utes.

  • Six NCAA qualifiers with three earning All-America honors.

  • Coached 11 divers to top-10 finishes at NCAA Zones.

  • Three athletes qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials.

  • Skis, hikes, camps, runs marathons, and has one giant dog.

Michele Lowry

Head Distance Coach

  • Seventh season overall at Utah, sixth as the head distance coach.

  • Coached Bence Kiraly to a fourth-place finish in the 1650 at the 2015 NCAA Championships.

  • Coached alongside Joe Dykstra at the University of North Texas from 2010-13.

  • NCAA qualifier for the University of Denver in the 400 IM and 1650.

  • 2009 Sun Belt Conference Swimmer of the Year.

  • Hailey, Idaho, native attended The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla.

  • Loves playing in the snow in the winter and coaching/swimming open water in the summer.

Jos Smith

Assistant Swimming Coach

  • Second season coaching the Utes.

  • Assistant swimming coach and director of recruiting at Pittsburgh from 2016-18. Nine Panthers advanced to the NCAA Championships during his tenure.

  • Was also an assistant swim coach at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and served as both a volunteer and assistant coach with the University of Georgia.

  • Four-time NCAA All-American at Florida and earned a bachelor’s degree in 2010.

Tami Johnson

Director of Operations & Alumni Relations

  • Eighth season with the Utes.

  • Participates in planning, organizing, networking and fundraising for the program.

  • Spent six years as an age group site coach for Bluefish Swim Club in Massachusetts.

  • Enjoys volunteering in the local community and has been involved with the Fisher House, Zane Beadles Golf Tournament, Children’s Center Gala and VA Summer Games.

  • Worked with two Paralympic swimmers from 2014-16.

  • Enjoys swimming, biking, snowboarding, and playing guitar.

Team Facilities

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.

Ute Natatorium

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.

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Training Venues

Eccles Student Life Center

Indoor 50-meter pool adjacent to Ute Natatorium

Steiner Aquatic Center

Outdoor 50-meter pool, 10 minute walk from Ute Natatorium

Cottonwood Heights Rec Center

10-meter diving training facility

Support Venues

Sorensen High Performance Center

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Burbidge Academics Center

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Utah All-Time Greats

Year Athlete Event
1959 Darwin Killpack 220 Free
1500 Free
1962 Larry Zechiel 200 Breast
1963 Peter Browne
Steve Schultz
50 Free
200 IM
1964 Steve Schultz 400 IM
1966 Michael Garibaldi 500 Free
1650 Free
1967 Terry Craig
Michael Garibaldi



Allen Logan


Donald Gray


Ton Browne
100 Back
1650 Free
400 Free Relay
800 Free Relay

400 Free Relay
800 Free Relay
400 Free Relay
800 Free Relay

400 Free Relay
800 Free Relay
1969 Steve Elsnab



Robbert Kittel


Richard Kittel


Tom Akrop
William Patton
Mike Rockwell
100 Back
200 Back
800 Free Relay
400 Free Relay
800 Free Relay
400 Free Relay
800 Free Relay
800 Free Relay
400 Free Relay
400 Free Relay
1970 Tom Eiche
Robbert Kittel
Richard Kittel
Richard Sebert
Steve Elsnab
200 Fly
800 Free relays
800 Free Relay
800 Free Relay
800 Free Relay
1975 Jeff Rolan




Gary Anderson

Kevin Marble
Jim Wilson
50 Free
100 Free
100 Fly
400 Free Relay
400 Free Relay
400 Free Relay
400 Free Relay
1976 Jeff Rolan
50 Free
100 Free
1977 Jeff Rolan 100 Fly
1983 Scott Mefford 200 Back
1985 Pat Hayes 200 Free
1986 Shawn Rowland 400 IM
1987 Shawn Rowland


200 IM
400 IM
200 Fly
1988 Shawn Rowland 400 IM
200 Fly
1989 Anders Bladh
Jim Giottonini
50 Free
200 Fly
1990 Jim Giottonini 100 Back
200 Fly
1991 Jim Giottonini 100 Back
200 Back
200 Fly
1993 Jim Giottonini 100 Back
1995 Thomas Nore 200 Breast
1999 Heidi Hausknecht 100 Fly
2006 Sterling Richards 1-meter
3-meter
2007 Alison McInturff 200 Free
2009 Whitney Lopus 100 Fly
2013 Josiah Purss
Nick Soedel
1-meter
50 free
100 free
2014 Traycie Swartz
Stina Colleou
Kerstern Merry
Josiah Purss
100 free
200 breast
Platform
1-meter
2015 Nick Soedel


Bence Kiraly


Jacob Crayne
50 free
100 free

500 free
1650 free

1-meter
2016 Bence Kiraly
Josiah Purss
500 free
1-meter
2018 Paul Ungur
Jack Burton
Ben Scott
Rondolfo Moreira
200 Medley Relay
200 Medley Relay
200 Medley Relay
200 Medley Relay

NCAA Champion

Jeff Rolan (1975) in the 100 Butterfly