Here are eight outstanding University of Utah athletes that Ute fans should have on their radars.
The former Spanish Fork star is the Utes' top pitcher this year with a 2-1 record and a 3.35 ERA in six starts. As a junior the 6-foot-2, 210-pound righthander led the Utes with a 6-3 record and had 48 strikeouts in 54 innings.
The sophomore from Oregon has been the Utes' top player in their initial Pac-12 season as he has finished as the low scorer in four of the eight tournaments he's played in. His best finish was a tie for 14th place at the Arizona Intercollegiate in January when he shot rounds of 70, 73 and 71 for a 214 total.
The freshman from Tunisia has a 16-2 record this year, including a 12-2 record at No. 3 singles and 2-0 at No. 2. He has won all four of his matches in Pac-12 play, and last weekend — against No. 1-ranked USC — he knocked off No. 13-ranked Daniel Nguyen in three sets. He also has a 11-4 mark in doubles with partner Devin Lane. He is a member of the Tunisian Davis Cup team.
She plays No. 1 for the Utes and has the best singles record on the team at 23-11 overall with an 11-5 mark at No. 1 singles in dual matches. The senior from Belgorod, Russia, is ranked No. 77 in the nation, and last weekend defeated No. 20 ranked Denise Dy of Washington.
The senior from Spanish Fork leads Utah women's softball with a .424 batting average with eight home runs and 32 RBIs and also has a .747 slugging percentage. She has started 158 games at third base over her first three seasons at Utah was an all-MWC selection last year. At Spanish Fork High she led her team to the state title in 2006 and runner-up finishes in 2005 and 2007.
He finished fourth in the men's slalom as the Ute men finished second in the NCAA Championships last month. The senior from Oslo, Norway, is a four-time qualifier for the NCAA Championships and has been an academic all-American.
She won her second national title by taking first in the women's 5K freestyle in last months' NCAA Championships. In 2011, the senior from Sweden was the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association Female Skier of the Year and won the 15K Classical title in the NCAAs.
She set a school record in the javelin throw in a meet at the Utah Valley Invitational on March 31. The freshman from Spanish Fork High School recorded throw of 150-1.50 feet to set the record.