Under head coach Joe Dykstra’s leadership, the Utah swimming and diving teams have reached new heights both in the pool and the classroom the past three seasons. Over that period, they have broken all 22 of the men’s school records and 12 of 22 women’s school records. They have sent 30 swimmers and divers to NCAA Championships with seven earning All-America honors. The men’s team has finished as high as 22nd and the women have placed 29th in the nation. Two Utes have won individual Pac-12 championships.
Academically, the Utes have earned Academic All-America team status every semester, with the men posting a 3.38 GPA and the women recording a 3.42 GPA. In 2016, 17 men were named to the Pac-12 All-Academic Team, with their seven first-team selections tying Stanford for the most of any school. The women placed 18 on the Pac-12 All Academic Team, giving them the most selections of any Pac-12 school. In addition, 38 swimmers and divers have been named CSCAA Scholar All-Americans.
With their third record-breaking recruiting class in a row, the program looks for the 2016-17 season to be another record breaker.
Joe Dykstra is in his fourth season at Utah. Under Dykstra’s tutelage, 75 percent of the program’s records have been broken and both the men’s and women’s teams have finished in the top 30 at the NCAA Championships. In his first year, two swimmers won Pac-12 event titles, marking the first time that had occurred since Utah joined the conference.
Prior to arriving in Salt Lake City, Dykstra was the head women’s team coach at North Texas for seven seasons, transforming one of the lowest ranked teams in NCAA Division I into a perennial conference championship contender and qualifying swimmers to the NCAA Championships.
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.
Joe Dykstra earned Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2008 and 2013, and three times been recognized with the American Swim Coaches Association Coach of Excellence Award for having swimmers place in the top eight in the nation. This year was appointed to a 4-year term on the NCAA Swimming & Diving Committee.
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