The Team

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.

The New Utah Swimming & Diving

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.



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Stina Colleou

Head Coach

JOE DYKSTRA

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. 

Jake Crayne

Staff

Richard Marschner

Head Diving Coach

  • Seventh season coaching with the Utes.

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

  • Utah is one of 12 schools in the past three years to have both a male and female diver qualify for NCAAs.

  • Coached seven different individuals to top-10 finishes at NCAA Zones.

  • 13 Academic All Americans.

  • Skis, hikes, camps, runs marathons, and has two giant dogs.

Michele Lowry

Head Distance Coach

  • Fourth season overall at Utah, third 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.

Herbie Behm

Head Sprints Coach

  • First season coaching at Utah

  • Previously worked with the Phoenix Swim Club and the U.S. National Team.

  • Coached the 2015 Pan-American Games record holder in the 100 fly, a 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials finalist and a 2016 Summer Olympic Games qualifier.

  • Coached athletes to state championships, National Age Group Records and qualifying times from regional events all the way to the Olympic Trials.

  • Graduate of Arizona State University.

Marius Aleksa

Assistant Swimming Coach

  • Second season coaching the Utes.

  • Coached at The Ohio State University as a volunteer assistant in 2014-15.

  • Spent two years coaching club at Motor City Aquatics in Bloomfield, Mich.

  • Received a master’s degree in teaching.

Ted Everett

Assistant Diving Coach

  • Second stint as a coach at Utah.

  • Former NCAA All-American diver and Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year.

  • Has coached three conference champions.

  • Four former divers have gone on to represent the United States in the Olympics.

Tami Johnson

Director of Operations

  • Fifth 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.

  • Volunteers with a Paralympic swimmer.

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

Deniz Hekmati

Strength & Conditioning Coach

  • Second season as the graduate assistant strength coach specifically for swimming & diving.

  • Assisted Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Cesar Cielo to two World Championship titles.

  • Founder of Swimmer Strength, an online portal designed to educate the world of swimming in regards to land-based training.

  • Will graduate this spring with an MS in exercise and sport science with an exercise physiology/sport psychology mixed program.

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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