Jacob Rees, a freshman from Lawrenceville, Georgia, will be competing at the meet against Utah this Saturday. (Photo by Jarren Wilkey/ BYU Photo)
PROVO Utah – Swim and dive teams of BYU travel to Salt Lake City on Saturday, Jan. 21 to compete against in-state rival University of Utah at 11 a.m. MST.
“The Utah meet is always one of the best meets of the year,” said BYU head swim coach John Brooks. “There are many talented athletes and this rivalry brings out the best from both teams.”
This is not the first time BYU has met up with Utah in the 2016-2017 season, but this meet will be scored and counted as competition in the Deseret First Duel.
The Utes met BYU in Provo to compete in a non-scoring swim relay event last September. The 4x100 freestyle relay was the only event in that meet that would be contested in regular season meets. With of time of 3:02.74, the Cougars won that race last September.
A few weeks later, BYU met Utah again, along with other schools, at the Colorado Mesa Intermountain Shootout. BYU’s men’s team scored just above Utah, 197-180 and BYU’s women won 270-115.
Saturday's meet will take place at the Ute Natatorium and will be commemorating the seniors from the University of Utah. There will also be an annual Belly Flop contest held during the scheduled event.