BYU prevails in annual relay meet against the University of Utah
PROVO, Utah — In a back-and-forth, non-scoring contest, the BYU Cougars were ultimately able to take down the Utah Utes on Friday afternoon, winning the final meet of the day and taking seven of the 13 relay races.
In the first official meet of the fall season, BYU fell behind early, dropping the mixed 200-yard freestyle relay and the women’s 3x150-yard butterfly relay. However, veterans Brad Prolo and Javier Nicolas Matta, with the help of Sophomore Abe Barragan, responded in the third event of the day, taking the men's 3x150-yard butterfly with a time of 3:53.89.
After losing five of the first eight events, BYU went on to win three of the next four to knot things at six heading into the final event of the afternoon. Freshman Will Bonnett contributed to the team's success along the way, swimming in the men's 400-yard medley relay and helping post a 3:25.89.
The final race featured an annual crowd-favorite event and an opportunity for the divers from each team to participate in the relays. BYU divers Alexia Jackson, Chase Hindmarsh, Hailey Johnson and Cody Dreesen posted a 1:46.93 in the mixed 200 yard freestyle relay to bring home the victory for the Cougars.
BYU swim and dive will look to build upon a successful event against Utah as it prepares to travel to Colorado for the Intermountain Shootout Invitational on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at the El Pomar Natatorium.
Cougars set to take on Utes in relays
PROVO, Utah — The 2022-2023 season will officially begin this Friday, Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. MDT as the BYU swim and dive teams will take on in-state rival Utah in a relay meet at the Richards Building Pool.
The meet will include a variety of different relays and strokes, with divers participating in some of the relay events as well. Both the men's and women's teams will compete in this non-scored exhibition that will not count towards either teams regular season standings.
Traditionally, the relay between the Utes and Cougars has offered highly entertaining events and an opportunity for both teams to compete in a fun environment. BYU will face Utah in a regular season matchup later this season at the Ute Natatorium, Jan. 27 and 28, 2023.
Including the Blue/White meet and the Alumni meet, this will be the third of six events that will be hosted at the Richards Building Pool in Provo, Utah. The event offers free admission to the public.