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Utah swimming & diving had an outstanding season in 2019-20. The men climbed as high as No. 21 in the national rankings and five Utes earned All-America honors.

CSCAA All-American honors were awarded to Liam O'Haimhirgin, Tony Chen, Luke McDivitt and Rahiti De Vos on the men’s side and Audrey Reimer for the women. It was Utah’s largest contingent of All-Americans in a single season since 1970 and all five qualified for the 2020 NCAA Championships.

In all, 19 swimmers met the NCAA consideration standard for nationals. The additional 14 were: Andrew Britton, Cooper DeRyk, David Fridlander, Jackson Cunningham, Cole Giandinoto, Jaek Horner, Robert King, Tyler Klawiter, Emma Lawless, Brody Lewis, Sara McClendon, Colten Montgomery, Finn O'Haimhirgin, Christina Pick and Charity Pittard. On the boards, eight divers qualified for NCAA Zones: Chen, McDivitt, Regan Caufield, Lizzy DeCecco, Chase Hindmarsh, Lexi Mills and Emma Ruchala.

The Utes set four school records this past season with Reimer becoming the new standard-bearer for the women in both the 100 and 200 back. Britton took over the top spot in the men’s 100 breast and teamed with Fridlander, DeRyk and Liam O'Haimhirgin to set a Utah record in the 400 medley relay by almost two-tenths of a second.

At the men’s Pac-12 Championships, De Vos had the best individual performance by taking seventh in the 1650 free while Klawiter finished eighth. Liam O'Haimhirgin reached the championship final of the 100 free, placing eighth. The quartet of Fridlander, Britton, DeRyk and Liam O'Haimhirgin finished as the Pac-12 runners-up in the 400 medley relay with their record-setting performance. On the boards, Luke McDivitt finished eighth on the platform.

For the women at Pac-12s, Reimer finished fourth in the 200 back and seventh in the 100 back. Pittard finished eighth in the 400 IM and 11th in the 200 breast. Lawless took 11th in both the 100 back and 100 fly. Other top 10 finishers were McClendon in the 1650 free and Caufield in the platform diving event. Lott, Mariah Gassaway, Lawless and Leyre Casarin took sixth in the 200 medley.

In the classroom, both teams received CSCAA Scholar All-America honors with the women achieving a 3.30 grade point average during the fall and the men attaining a 3.10 average. The Utes also had 24 student-athletes earn Pac-12 All-Academic honors.




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Bence Kiraly

Three-Time All-American

Head Coach

JOE DYKSTRA

Joe Dykstra is in his eighth 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 had an outstanding season in 2019-20 with the men reaching No. 21 in the national rankings and five Utes qualifying for nationals. CSCAA All-American honors were awarded to Liam O'Haimhirgin, Tony Chen, Luke McDivitt and Rahiti De Vos on the men’s side and Audrey Reimer for the women. It was Utah’s largest contingent of All-Americans in a single season since 1970 and all five qualified for the 2020 NCAA Championships. Nineteen swimmers met the NCAA consideration standard for nationals.

The Utes set four school records this past season, including the 400 medley relay team that finished second at the Pac-12 Championships.

Academically, both teams received CSCAA Scholar All-America honors with the women achieving a 3.30 grade point average during the fall and the men attaining a 3.10 average. The Utes also had 24 student-athletes earn Pac-12 All-Academic honors.

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. Coached two All-Americans last season.

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

  • Head sprint coach at Utah for six seasons overall, including five years before leaving for Toledo. 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

  • Eleventh season with the Utes.

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

  • Coached 13 divers to top-10 finishes at NCAA Zones.

Michele Lowry

Head Distance Coach

  • Eighth season overall at Utah, seventh 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

  • Third season with 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

  • Ninth 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
2020 Tony Chen
Rahiti De Vos
Luke McDivitt
Liam O'Haimhirgin
Audrey Reimer
1 and 3-meter
500 and 1650 free
Platform
100 free
100 and 200 back

NCAA Champion

Jeff Rolan (1975) in the 100 Butterfly