Anders Bladh set a Western Athletic Conference record in the 50-yard freestyle to lead the University of Utah to a first-round lead Thursday in the WAC Swimming & Diving Championships.
Bladh, who set the record of :20.32 in the time trials, later won the event in the championship round. In addition to winning the 50-yard freestyle, Bladh also swam the anchor leg of the 200-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard medley relay. The University of Utah won both events."I'm pleased with our performance," said Utah Coach Don Reddish. "We should do well tomorrow. We have people in every event who should score."
After the first six events, the University of Utah has the lead with a team score of 154. Hawaii is second with 114, followed by BYU and New Mexico, who are tied for third with 100. Other scores were Wyoming at 95 and Air Force at 93.
Utah placed first in four of the six events, with New Mexico and Hawaii winning one apiece. Other individuals to place first were Arne Miles of Utah, who broke a pool record set in 1983, in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:52.18; Henrik Leek of New Mexico, who won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:28.29; and Ken Patton of Hawaii, who placed first in one-meter diving with a score of 458.
The second round of the WAC Championships will be held Friday, with trials at noon and finals scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.