SWIMMING AND DIVING: The University of Utah men's swimming and diving triumphed over BYU to end its five-year losing streak against the Cougars, 162-138, Thursday in Provo.
The Utah men ended the regular season 3-5 overall and 1-4 in Mountain West Conference. The Ute women fell to the Cougars, 218-82, closing the regular season with a 7-6 overall record and 4-4 MWC record.
"Our men stepped up and did a great job tonight," said Utah coach Greg Winslow. "It was a close meet and we lost a few events back-to-back, but Major (Robinson) won at the right times and helped turn the whole meet around for us."
Robinson, a sophomore from Missoula, Mont., secured Utah's victory over the Cougars by finishing first in the 100 and 200 backstroke with times of 51.57 and 1:53.97, respectively.
Robinson also helped round out the top three in the 200 medley, where the Utes finished with a time of 1:36.15.
Other members of the 200 medley included junior Garrett Peterson (Las Vegas, Nev.), sophomores Luke Donohue (Portland, Ore.) and Eric Murray (Woodstock, Ga.).
Peterson also had outstanding performances in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events with times of 57.48 and 2:05.47, respectively. Both first-place positions were also new personal bests for the Ute.
The Utah women were led by junior Natalie Edge (South Jordan, Utah), who recorded a first-place time in the 50 freestyle at 23.54 and a second-place position in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:52.93.
The Utes next compete in Oklahoma City for the MWC Championships, Feb. 24-27.
WOMEN'S TENNIS: The University of Utah women's tennis team (2-3) defeated Wichita State (1-4) in its home opener by a score of 4-3 on Friday at the Eccles Tennis Center.
Sophomore Missy Harris clinched the match for the Utes from the No. 4 position by defeating Florentina Hanisch, 1-6, 6-2, 6-1.
"We came back in singles and played some very inspired tennis after not doing well in doubles," said Utah head coach Mat Iandolo. "Coming away with a solid win really sets us up for this weekend."
In doubles play, junior Evgenia Kryuchkova and sophomore Lisa Johnson defeated Lily Wakim and Isamine Carpen at the No. 3 spot, 8-1. Harris and freshman Paige Miles fell, 8-3, at the No. 2 position to Hanisch and Lenore Lazaroiu.
Seniors Erin Monson and Andrea Maughan were topped at the No. 1 spot, 8-6, by Delia Damaschiin and Stephanie Dalmacio, giving the Shockers the doubles point.
In singles play, Johnson defeated Carpen at the No. 6 position 6-0, 3-0 (ret.), tying up the score, 1-1.
Maughan blanked Wakim, 6-0, 6-0, at the No. 5 spot, making the score 2-1 in favor of the Utes.
Kryuchkova downed Lazaroiu at the No. 2 position, 6-0, 6-2, putting Utah ahead 3-1.
Harris then clinched the match for the Utes at 4-1.
Miles fell at the No. 3 spot to Damaschiin, 6-3, 7-5, and Monson was topped by Dalmacio at the No. 1 position, 6-4, 7-5, making the final score, 4-3.
The Utes will hit the road to take on No. 17 Arkansas on Sunday, followed by Oklahoma State on the 8th.
SKIING: The alpine team led Utah on the first day of the New Mexico Invitational with four top-10 finishes between the men's and the women's teams on Friday at Taos, N.M.
Kyle Kung picked up his first podium finish of the season with a third-place run in the giant slalom. Thomas Zumbrunn was fifth and Max Lamb rounded out the scorers with an 11th-place finish.
On the women's side, Sofia Smith had the best finish of her Utah career with a fifth-place run in the giant slalom. Eva Huckova was eighth and Anna Kocken placed 14th to round out a solid day for the Utes.
The Nordic skiers were shorthanded with several staying back in Utah to train and regroup. Rolf Figi led all skiers with a 12th-place finish in the men's 10-kilometer classic, with Ben Fick (15th) and Tom Smith (25th) also racing for Utah. For the women, Rose Kemp had a solid day with a 14th-place run in the 5K race, followed by Devon Spika (15th) and Karina Smith (18th).
Utah is fourth after the first day, just a point out of third place. New Mexico leads the meet with 470 points, while Colorado is in second (428) and Montana State in third (363) followed by the Utes in fourth (362).
"We had a solid day as a team," Brown said. "We are almost halfway to the NCAA Championships. Now more than ever our talent needs to come out and we will start skiing more consistently and strong, building up to giving our best in March."
Utah continues at the New Mexico Invitational today with the slalom alpine races and freestyle Nordic races.