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    Red rocks on the bubble right now

    by SD_UTE
    2014-04-18 19:46:39

    They've gone through 3 rotations and are in 3rd. In reality they are in 4th as Alabama has only gone through 2 rotations and are scoring higher.
    They trail UCLA by .025 and need to out score them in their final rotations. We have vault (strong event for us). UCLA is on bars. It should be close.

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    Congrats to the lady Ute swimmers and divers

    by SD_UTE
    2014-03-23 14:32:41

    They finished 29th at nationals yesterday and had a really good day to wrap up the meet with three all american performances and 3 school records.
    Recap here
    Congrats to Traycie Swartz (11th in the 100 Free), Stina Colleou (9th in the 200 Breast) and Kersten Merry (9th in platform diving).
    Men's swimming starts on Thursday and we've got a bunch of men competing. Nick Sodel has a good shot at a national championship in the 100 free (he's seeded 3rd) and would be only the second National title in swimming for the Utes (Jeff Rolan in the 100 fly in 1975).

    Go UTES!

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    Congrats to the lady swimming Utes on a good first night at Pac-12's

    by SD_UTE
    2014-02-27 10:32:42

    They set a new school record in the 800 Free Relay, and are currently in 6th out of 9 teams (yes there are 3 schools in the PAC-12 that don't have women's swim teams).
    This may not seem so great until you realize the 5 teams in front of them (CAL, STAN, USC, AZ, and UCLA) are at the peak of college swimming. In fact, CAL has Missy Franklin and many other Olympians swimming for their team.
    While our swim teams (the men swim next week) are making major strides in the pool, the chasm between us and the top is enormous. For example, the "B" relay for CAL in the 800 Free relay would have finished 4th (you can only have one scoring relay) and beat our "A" relay by 9 seconds. The men this year have some guys who are in the top tier in the PAC-12 (Nick Sodel has a good shot at PAC-12 titles in the 50 and 100 free), but our depth will need a few years. We still have a long way to go, but we are definitely getting closer to the "haves" in swimming than the "have-nots".
    Swimming resumes this morning at 11 (pacific) with prelims in the 500 Free, 200 IM and the 50 free. Tracie Swartz is our best seeded swimmer today at 4th in the 50 free.
    Go Utes!

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    I'll take overtime, but I hate being here on the east coast

    by SD_UTE
    2014-02-19 22:11:07

    I should be asleep by now

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    Flagrant 2?????

    by SD_UTE
    2013-12-03 20:44:47

    You've got to be kidding me. It's not even a 1.

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    Great win by the kickin lady utes over the Buffs

    by SD_UTE
    2013-11-08 16:23:31

    Won in 2OT to finish 3rd in the PAC-12. Great work

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    Is Spencer Hadley really Dan Smith?

    by SD_UTE
    2013-09-27 10:34:37


    Here if I fail at embedding

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    One place where being in the PAC-12 is helping recruiting

    by SD_UTE
    2013-05-31 13:30:22

    is in swimming. I know that there have been a few questions regarding the influence of Pac-12 on recruiting (mainly from some friends to the south), but one place it is definitely helping is in swimming. Even with the turmoil surrounding the program this last little bit, we just signed a very nice class.
    The PAC-12 is the class of the swimming world, and swimming is really about who you are competing against, so we are getting a lot of very good swimmers.
    See link here

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    Great way to support the Boston vicitims (and get a nice shirt)

    by SD_UTE
    2013-04-18 11:50:12

    click here

    Good on the BAA and Adidas for putting this together. I ordered one already.

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    I'm going to Kona

    by SD_UTE
    2013-04-15 09:38:12

    So, I've been doing triathlons for over 8 years and I've always wanted to do the Ironman World Championships in Kona. This is the biggest race for IM triathletes. In order to race you either have to qualify (I'm pretty good at these, but no where good enough to qualify) or get in through the lottery. I've been trying for 7 years (I know people who have been trying for 15 years), and yesterday I got this e-mail.



    I get to register today and start planning a trip I thought I'd never get to make. Should be a blast (besides that whole training part).

    I've never been to Hawaii, so my wife and I are going to make a bit of a vacation out of this as well. We've got 2 little kids (1 and 3 by the time the race comes), so I'm not sure what to try and take on. Any suggestions? Any ideas on places to stay (near the pier would be best as that is where the race starts and ends).

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    Watching the live feed from the Vatican and seeing all the flags

    by SD_UTE
    2013-03-13 13:13:31

    I keep looking for the Washington State University Flag

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    I've been reading a book called "The Science of Fear"

    by SD_UTE
    2013-01-11 20:56:49

    VERY good read. But very interesting to sit and observe the debates here about gun control, abortion, politics, whatever.
    One of the items he talks about is confirmation bias. watching some of the discussions here it is apparent that each side sees what it wants to see in the "facts" being presented (me included).
    The book also talks about how we (as humans) are terrible with #s and statistics (especially when our emotions are high). As a result we fall prey to fear tactics and poor messaging.
    Great read and I highly suggest it. It has opened my mind on things and caused me to try to overcome some of these inherent biases to be more open minded.

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    All I can say is about time

    by SD_UTE
    2012-11-30 10:24:54

    kill the dollar bill

    I hope they are serious about this one. Having lived in Canada for the past 2 years, I love the idea of loonies and toonies. I'll actually miss them when I go back to the states.

    It's stupid to keep printing bills. Just stop and force people over to coins.

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    Utes win Regional!!

    by SD_UTE
    2012-04-07 21:15:02

    Great meet with a 196.825 score to top Nebraska (196.525). Vault seemed to be our one trouble area with scores lower than most of the year, but we're back to NCAAs yet again!

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    Need help with birthday gift for 2 yr old

    by SD_UTE
    2012-03-21 13:31:49

    I've been trying to find Ute gear online with little luck for selection for toddler/infant items. Since I'm in Canada, I can't walk into a Ute Zone store and find stuff.
    I'm working on making my son a Ute fan (anytime he sees the letter U he says "go U").
    Any thoughts on where to look?

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    PAC-12 swimming update

    by SD_UTE
    2012-03-03 03:16:42

    Day 3 is in the books and the Utes are still in 5th. I know I've said this before, but 5th would be great for the Utes as most would have picked 7th for the first year in the PAC-12

    1. Stanford 623.5
    2. Berkeley 544
    3. Arizona 382
    4. USC 324
    5. Utah 185.5
    6. ASU 175.5
    7. UCSB 164.5
    8. Cal Poly 94

    Good day again for the Utes. A couple school records, lots of PRs and some decent chances to send some swimmers to NCAA.

    A complete write up is here.

    Just like yesterday we'll need time drops to get into the scoring heats today. The good news is we picked up 30 points in diving that should help keep us in 5th.

    Wish I was there to watch.

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    Pac-12 Swimming

    by SD_UTE
    2012-03-02 15:21:17

    This morning at trials was a big morning for the Utes. Based on the pysche sheet (seedings) we weren't in place to score any points. In reality we ended up sending numerous people back in scoring heats.

    In the 400 IM we are sending 2 guys back in the bonus finals (non scoring). Both of the guys had 10 second drops based on their seed times.

    The 100 Fly was the big winner for us. We are sending one back in finals (guaranteed at least 11 points - barring a DQ) and one in the consolation finals. Both moved up and posted PRs to get into these heats.

    In the 200 Free, one guy back in the bonus final. Missed the consuls by .7 seconds after a 3 second PR improvement.

    In the 100 breast, we'ev got one guy coming back in the consuls. Again another PR and moving up from seeding.

    In the 100 Back, we've got one guy in consuls (with a 2 second drop on seed) to make it in.

    In addition we pick up points in diving (around 20) and will score in the 400 MR (should be a fast time for us based on the 100s today).

    Looking good to stay in 5th place.

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    Day 2 of PAC-12 swimming

    by SD_UTE
    2012-03-02 07:00:43

    Day 2 of the PAC-12 swimming championships are in the books and the Utes are still in 5th place.

    1. Stanford 324.5
    2. Berkeley 257
    3. Arizona 181
    4. USC 169
    5. Utah 114
    6. ASU 108
    7. UCSB 107.5
    8. Cal Poly 67

    As I stated yesterday, 5th is about the best we can expect. There were 3 individual events yesterday (500 free, 200 IM and 50 Free), diving and the 200 Free Relay.
    We only scored in the 50 free in the individual swimming events with Nick Sodel taking 7th (great swim for him). Diving picked up some valuable points (actually the diving took place last week, but the scores are added as the events "take place" in the schedule).
    The 200 FR took 6th.

    Today will be a tough day with only 2 real chances to score individual points. If we can still be in 5th after today, I think we'll finish the meet there.

    Good Luck Utes

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    Pac-12 men's swimming

    by SD_UTE
    2012-03-01 10:56:50

    Good start last night for the Utes.

    The first night is just 2 relays, so not a whole lot to go off of, but we finished 5th in the 200 medley and 6th in the 800 free. We beat ASU in both (this is a surprise compared to where I thought we would be when we joined). We are tied for 5th right now (out of 8 teams) with UCSB (they are an affiliate member in swimming along with Cal Poly).

    A good start to the meet. My guess is we end up 6th (ahead of Cal Poly and ASU but behind UCS at the end of the day, but I would consider that a victory for the Utes.

    By the way we have a great sprint freestlyer on the team who is a freshman. Nick Sodel. He'll be something to watch over this meet and the next few years.

    If you're in the LA area make an effort to go out. Very fun meet.

    Results HERE

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    A couple pages back there was a discussion about Stanford's endowment

    by SD_UTE
    2012-02-08 13:00:40

    It reminded me of an article from Gregg Easterbrook on TMQ.

    The relevant part is here:

    Not only does Harvard have way too much money, Harvard hoards the money. Most philanthropies are required to spend 5 percent per annum of their endowment, in order to retain tax-exempt status. Five percent of Harvard's endowment is $1.9 billion per year: That's enough for all Harvard undergrads and graduate students to attend absolutely free, with the school still having $1.3 billion to spend. Many Harvard students come from families that can afford to pay, and so they should. But across the top of education -- the Ivies, Stanford, the top liberal arts colleges -- a requirement of 5 percent annual endowment spending would enable practically any student below the level of upper-class family income to attend without charge.


    The rest of the article is here

    This actually seems to be a recurring theme in his articles. Incredible how much wealth these universities are hording for no good reason.

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    Gurney's latest tweet

    by SD_UTE
    2012-02-01 10:12:13

    "Dylan Collie is a Collie...through and through"

    Does that mean he believe in magic?

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    This picture was posted a few pages back

    by SD_UTE
    2011-12-17 11:25:26


    And I noticed the pad he has on his arm. I actually designed that in my prior life as an engineer with DonJoy Orthopedics. It was designed for an elbow, but whatever.

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    What is the problem with $1 coins

    by SD_UTE
    2011-06-29 13:01:53

    Extra coins

    I get that people are used to bills and don't want the extra coins in their pockets, but coins last forever and end up much cheaper to make in the long run. After living here in Canada for this year and dealing with loonies ($1 coins) and toonies ($2 coins), I've come to realize that they are quite easy and actually make some things easier (vending machines for one).

    The US should just stop making $1 bills and force everyone over to coins. Trying to persuade the country over to coins with gimmicks like Sacajawea and the presidential coins are never going to work as long as there are bills in circulation.

    While they are at it, we should get rid of the penny. Keep it for pricing and round a final total up or down at the register. Would save time, money and tons of loose change.

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    So I know that everyone is all excited for July 1

    by SD_UTE
    2011-06-29 12:49:20

    Its good to see that everyone down south is ready to celebrate Canada Day. I'm new to Canada and was just getting into the spirit of things, but it great to see the whole gang on board. A party at the state capital, this is incredible.

    What, this celebration isn't for Canada Day? What is this about the PAC-12. All my zoobie friends told me there's no reason for celebration as we're just getting kicked out in a year anyway.

    By the way, July 1 is Canada Day. It used to be called Dominion Day and celebrates the formation of Canada from 3 British provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Canada - split into Quebec and Ontario). While an independent nation at that point, the British Empire kept some control over the country until 1982 when Canada got their own constitution. The name of the holiday was changed in 1982 to Canada Day.

    Another bit of Canada trivia, O Canada didn't become the national anthem until 1980. I figured it was older than that, but it is relatively new.

    I'm sure CanuckUte will correct any errors that I've made in my attempt at Canadian History from a 6 month inhabitant.

    As for July 1st. I'll just watch the fireworks here and imagine that they are for my Utes!

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    Boston Marathon

    by SD_UTE
    2011-04-26 10:08:20

    So just over a week ago I got to run the Boston Marathon. It was my first time for the race and it was everything people have made it out to be.

    I arrived in Boston on Friday (with my wife and 1 yr old son) from Toronto (just moved to Canada in January from SoCal and this was our first trip back to the states). We made our way to the hotel (just outside of Boston) and settled in, got dinner, and crashed for the night.
    Saturday we were off to the Expo. Most marathon Expos are pretty good sized, but this was enormous. Every major shoe company had a full booth there. They were doing gait analytics, shoe fittings, nutrition seminars, etc. I guess when you have 27K runners coming there is a bit of a captive audience. Well we walked around and ate lunch through free samples and bought a few things I needed (nutrition, gels, socks) and wanted (official Boston Marathon jacket - a nice lime green this year).
    After the expo we headed to Fenway to take in a Sox game. In a complete stroke of random luck they were playing the Blue Jays. Not that I have any attachment to the Jays, but it was an interesting coincidence. It was my first trip to Fenway and it is definitely a neat old park. We sat out the LF line near the Green Monster. Saw a home run over the monster and just had a great old time besides it being cold and windy. We sat next to the nicest guy and his daughter. He didn't mind that our 1 year old paid no attention to the game and spent most of it trying to steal his glasses.
    Sunday. We went to church in the morning and ran into 7 other marathoners. Talked about the race with them and then headed back into the city to meet up with friends from SoCal for dinner in Little Italy. Great Italian food and the streets were absolutely full of runners. There were lines out of almost every place in the entire area.
    Monday is Marathon Day. The marathon is run on Patriot's Day (a state holiday in Mass that celebrates the start of the American Revolution - remember Paul Revere and the British are coming - by the way I learned that a bunch of that is made up but a story for another day).
    Before the race 4 of us decided to run the race together at a more leisurely pace than we normally would do. These are friends of mine from my time in SoCal and it was great to see them and run with them again. 3 of us hooked up in the morning, grabbed breakfast and took the T into down town. We got to where the buses were loading and it was a zoo. There were so many people there. Trying to get 27K people onto buses 60 or so people at a time makes for quite an interesting experience. We got into a line with at least 200 other people for one of the many bus stops they were using to load people and waited as bus after bus loaded and pulled away. Finally we were on our bus and off to the starting line. When we were pulling away we noticed that our line of 200 or so people had swelled to about 800. There were at least 15 lines that size. I was glad I was on a bus and still not outside waiting (a little cold out, but very windy).
    The starting line for the marathon is literally 26.2 miles from Boston (you run almost a straight line into town) in the town of Hopkinton. This town was incorporated in 1715 and has a population of around 15K. So the population of the town over triples with all the runners that drop in on race day morning.
    We arrived in Hopkinton around 7:30 and the race didn't start until 10 AM (actually since we were running as a group we didn't start until the 2nd wave at 10:20 as one of my friends had a slower seed time). We made a quick stop at a porta-potty (there were hundreds) and then found a spot of ground to call our own for the next 2 hours. One of my friends had gotten air rafts (for a swimming pool) so we had something to lay down on once we got them inflated. It was actually funny, when we got them out the people around us were sort of laughing at us. By the time we were laying down a few minutes later they were no longer laughing and instead saying it was a good idea.
    After relaxing the morning away, we finally had to head to the starting line (about 3/4 of a mile away). We still had to meet up with the last of our friends (who was staying with family close to Hopkinton so he was just getting dropped at the start). We worked our way to the start and found the last of our group with about 2 minutes to spare before the gun for our group went off. Then 10:20 came and we were off.
    The start of Boston is quite interesting. The roads are actually quite small, so there are a lot of people crammed into some very tight roads. Just after the start there is a slight downhill and then a gradual rise. Sitting on the top of the hill before that downhill you can see people shoulder to shoulder for as far as you can see. It was quite a sight. Since we were running at a pace about 2 minutes a mile slower than I usually race at, I was able to take in the entire race. I spent most of the day high fiving little kids along the route and some of the big drunk kids (AKA frat boys) along the way as we went by all the colleges along the route. We stopped off course to say high to some seniors at an old folks home who were out eating breakfast and cheering the runners along (but for obvious reasons couldn't make it down to the course). We saw a guy running wearing nothing but a loincloth and dressed up like Tarzan. He got quite the crow reaction. We ran by Dick and Rick Hoyt (if you don't know their story, Google them and be amazed). At mile 10 or so we were headed through Natick (I think) and they were playing "shout" on the loudspeakers. Every time they said shout, the entire width of runners along the road would raise their hands and shout. At mile 12 we went through Wellesley. There is a famous all girls school there and the girls come out and beg for kisses from the runners. They are all holding signs that say "kiss me, I'm . . . ". Plenty of runners stop to comply. Very fun section of the run. Mile 19-21 are the Newton hills and they end with "heartbreak hill". The hills end at Boston College and there are plenty of frat boys out "encouraging" you to keep running. After the hills it is all down hill to the finish line. At the mile 25 mark, I met my wife and son. Stopped to take a picture with him (at first he didn't recognize me and was a little worried about the strange guy grabbing him from the crowd of people. After a few seconds he just lit up as he recognized me. My wife said that after I handed him back to her he started crying and calling for daddy) and then headed on to the finish. It is interesting running in a marathon I've watched so many times on TV. I knew what was coming and what to expect over the past little bit. All 4 of us crossed the finish line together at 3:56. A good 45+ minutes off my qualifying time, but by far the most fun I've ever had at a marathon.
    One side note. I wore a giant block "U" shirt (white U on a red running shirt) for the race. I got plenty of "U" da man comments or general shouts of UUUUUU (for those who don't know Kevin Youklis' nickname is UUUUU, so I'm sure there was some of that), but most of it was from people who recognized the U for what it was. I got lots of go Utes, Utah's and other such call outs. Great wardrobe selection.
    As I said, by far the most fun I've ever had in a marathon. The miles flew by and it was great to spend the time with friends.
    By the way, the race conditions were ideal for Boston. Cool temps and a tail wind. The winner posted the fastest time ever for a marathon in 2:03:02. That is an average of 4:45 miles for 26.2 miles. So fast.
    Spent the next 2 days sightseeing around Boston and then back to Canada.
    Great trip and I hope to do it again in the future.
    I know 89 ran the race as well. I hope he had a good time.

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    Anyone know anything about Toronto?

    by SD_UTE
    2010-11-01 09:41:45

    I got a job transfer/promotion in my company this last week and it is taking me to Toronto for 2-3 years. It's going to be a bit of a change for the family (leaving southern CA for the great white north), but we are excited for the adventure.
    If anyone has ever lived there, or has some insight into the city it would be very helpful. We are going up in a few weeks to look for places to rent.
    Particularly, we're looking for a general area that has lots of young families (we have a 8 month old) and my wife is a stay at home mom.
    My office will be in Markham, but I've heard that isn't the best place to live.
    I know there are a few Canucks on the board, but I'm not sure where in Canada you are all from.
    Also, does anyone know how to get college football/basketball up there. While I like hockey, I need my college sports.

    Thanks

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    Interesting article on the SEC on ESPN

    by SD_UTE
    2010-08-10 17:21:54

    SEC dominance

    Pat Forde points out that the SEC has placed 2 teams in the top 6 of the USA today poll for the past 4 years. He also points out:

    "Those eight teams were largely unbeatable -- except when facing their SEC peers. They were a combined 39-1 in nonconference games - including seven dominant BCS bowl victories"

    Anyone care to guess who the "1" is????? Also, why is it only 7 dominant BCS bowl wins? What happened to number 8? Oh, I remember now.

    Go Utes!!!

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    PAC 10 and other sports besides football

    by SD_UTE
    2010-06-30 17:43:23

    I know the focus has been on Football and how much this helps us, but as an ex-swimmer, I'm stoked at how much this will help our recruiting and teams in our non-revenue sports.

    I decided to look at what sports the PAC 10(2) supports and how Utah fits in.

    Baseball - all 10 schools participate in baseball with the PAC 10. Our team had a great year last year (2009) and made it into the CWS tournament. We will be at a disadvantage here in terms of weather (oh for the tropical climes of Boise) and the ability to practice outdoors early in season. We'll definitely start picking up bigger names, but the PAC-10 is one of the powerhouse conferences in baseball. It will be awhile before we compete here (if we ever get to the top).

    Basketball (M) - All schools field teams. We all know about the PAC 10 and basketball. We should be OK here and start making regular tourney appearances again (once Boylen finishes righting the ship)

    Basketball (W) - All schools field teams. We have a very good women's basketball program. Elaine Elliot has done wonders with the program. This will just help Utah's recruiting. Stanford rules the PAC-10, but we should do fine.

    Cross Country (M) - Since we don't have a team we'll fit right in with USC and OSU who don't either. This is a team I'd like to see us get at some point. Utah (the state) has such great HS XC it is shame we don't have a program. The PAC 10 XC is stacked (Oregon, Stanford).

    CC (W) - All schools have teams. We'll be able to pick up more of the instate talent that now goes to BYU or WSU or USU due to the PAC10. Over time I see us doing just fine here.

    Football - enough has been said here

    Golf (M) - All schools have teams as do we. I don't know much about the golf team, but I'm assuming the PAC 10 is stacked with UCLA, Stanford, CAL, etc.

    Golf (W) - We don't have a team and everyone else does. I see this changing

    Gymnastics - USC, Oregon and WSU don't field teams. I was actually a little surprised at USC not having a team. We'll fit in fine here. Competing with UCLA for Pac10 titles from the get-go.

    Rowing (M/W) - We don't have teams and don't see us getting any (is there anywhere to practice crew near SLC?). We'll join UofA, ASU and Oregon without teams.

    Soccer (M) - Did you know that SDSU was already in the PAC 10? At least for men's soccer they are. I'd like to see us get a team, but I don't think it is likely. The PAC 10 is strong, but a lot of schools don't field teams (USC, WSU, U ofA, ASU, Oregon).

    Soccer (W) - The PAC 10 is a soccer powerhouse. We'll do OK as we have fairly consistently ranked teams. Should help recruiting a lot. Getting a foothold in CA for recruiting for soccer is a big deal.

    Softball - Well, I know for sure we will beat WSU and USC as they don't have teams. If soccer was big in the PAC10, softball is bigger. 3 of the 8 teams at the CWS for softball were PAC10 teams. We'll get hammered here for the short term at least.

    Swimming (M) - All I have to say is ouch. While this is great for recruiting, we are going to get killed for numerous years until we build the program back up to the levels it was at in the 70-80s. Only 5 schools field teams (USC, CAL, Stanford, ASU, UofA), but 3 of them send full teams to NCAAs every year (you have to qualify). Utah may send one person a year if we've had a good year. So to put it another way, our best swimmer would probably be a walk-on at Stanford. We've got a long way to go. Surprisingly UCLA doesn't have a team. They used to be a perennial powerhouse but dropped the program in 1994 under budget pressures and Title IX has made it hard to bring back.

    Swimming (W) - UW and OU don't have teams. We'll be toward the bottom here as well. Ditto to most everything above for the men.

    Tennis (M) - OSU, WSU and ASU don't have teams. I don't know much about our tennis team, but I do know that the PAC10 has some very good programs (SC won the NCAA's this year). Probably be tough for awhile.

    Tennis (W) - ditto to most everything above for men's tennis.

    Track and Field (M) - We don't have a team, so we join ASU here. I'd like to see us add one (to go with men's XC), but it will be a long road in the PAC10. Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, etc have always been top programs in T&F.

    Track & Field (W) - The Utes have made great strides (pun intended) here in the past bit. We've built a good team, but there is a long way to go to compete in the PAC10. We should be able to get more in-state talent here now we're in the PAC10.

    Wresting - The PAC10 is VERY different in wrestling. The teams are - ASU, Boise, Cal Poly, CSUB, CSUF, OSU, Stanford, UCD. ONly 3 of the teams are actual PAC 10 members. We don't have a team and don't expect we will ever get one.

    Volleyball (W) - The PAC10 is strong here, but we have a very good program as well. We won't win the PAC10 (at least at the start, but we will compete. Should be really good for us. Beth Launiere has done a great job with the program and just see it getting stronger.

    Those are the sports that the PAC10 supports. PAC10 schools also compete in indoor track, Water Polo, Lacrosse, men's v-ball as part of the MPSF. I think having a H20 polo team (both men's and women's) would be great. There are club teams on campus right now.

    Obviously we also have Skiing and most of the PAC10 schools don't. I don't think anything will change there.

    So there you go. A bit long of a post, but in general we'll fit in fine. Some places we'll get killed for at least a while, but it will be a good bump for the quality of the teams in the long run. I hope we get some new sports as well. Even if we don't, I think we field more teams than OSU, WSU and maybe even Oregon.

    Go UTES!

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    Ironman Saint George

    by SD_UTE
    2010-05-05 14:46:04

    So I ran the Ironman St. George this last Saturday. It was my 3rd full Ironman race and probably my last for awhile (a new baby will do that).
    This was definitely the hardest IM race I've ever done, but the most rewarding.
    First off, St. George really knows how to put on a race. I've been there for the Marathon and know how well it is supported, but I was worried that they wouldn't know what to do with an IM race. I was completely wrong. They came out in force and had great volunteers and a great atmosphere. For a first time venue, it really didn't seem like it. They also did some really great things that I think other IM races should consider doing.
    With that said on to the race.
    I woke up at 3 (was planning on waking up just before 4, but I got up and couldn't sleep). laid in bed for a bit, and finally got up and started getting ready. Ate some food (oatmeal, banana, gatorade, powerbar) and headed out the door to pick up my brother (who is also a Ute and was also running the race).
    We get to downtown and load up on the buses to head to Sand Hollow. This is probably my one complaint with the race. Having the swim venue so far away (and relatively unaccessible for fans - they had to take a shuttle out there and not leave until 3 hours after the swim start) made it very difficult for family and friends to see as much of the race as possible.
    Just like the marathon, the buses run like clockwork. We get up to the reservoir around 5:30 and I head to my bike. I check everything out there and head to the port-a-potties to finish clearing my system.
    Head back to the bike, find my wife and sister-in-law and my friends (4 people I train with here in CA were doing the race as well - 2 are zoobies, but they're OK) for some pics and last minute words of advice for the newbies.
    Head to the water. Nice and cold. They were saying it way 59 degrees. I'm fine in the water. I swam at the U, but no matter how good you are, cold open water is always interesting.
    Head to the starting line and wait for the cannon. It goes off at 7AM sharp and we are off. I'm up at the front, but still manage to get kicked by a swimmer who has decided that he wants to be on the other side of me and quickly. After that, I'm pretty much in clear water. Everything is going well until the 1.5 mile mark (of 2.4). My legs start cramping. I know its not hydration or electrolytes, so it must be the cold. I work them out, but they are touchy the rest of the swim. I get out of the water in 57 minutes. Pretty good, but definitely not my fastest swim.
    Transition was great. Again, incredible volunteers made for quick changes all day long.
    I grab my bike and head to the course. In the process of mounting my bike I lose a bottle. No big deal as they have plenty of aid stations along the way, but it would be the first of many over the bumpy roads.
    The first 22 or so miles back into town were really nice. I got into a rhythm, and worked the cramps out of my legs before the big hills. At that point we started the 2 laps. The first lap wasn't terrible. The hills were high and the wind was blowing, but I had trained for this, so I was OK. The people out on the course were great. Awesome aid stations in Ivins, Gunlock, and Veyo. Once you hit Veyo (and the slight climb up the volcano) it is pretty much downhill. Going 45+ on a bike on closed roads is a blast. much better than peddling up the hills.
    Started the 2nd loop. This one was harder just due to the fatigue factor. It was somewhere along the way to Gunlock that I decided that I wanted off my bike. I knew I still had a ways to go, but I was sick of the hills, the wind, you name it. It was also here that the bumps in the road (nice chip seal) started wearing on me and my bike. I lost more watter bottles, a CO2 cartridge that had been screwed into a holder on my bike and part of a drink system I have between the aerobars on my bike. I was just hoping everything important would hold together for the rest of the ride.
    Back up to Veyo (YEAH!) and down into town for transition. 112 miles of biking down, only 26.2 of running to go. My bike time was 6:20. I averaged just over 18 MPH. Way off my best IM split of 5:20 and 21 MPH, but I was happy given the course.
    Again great volunteers. Get my shoes, hat and I'm off.
    The aid stations along the run were great. Awesome volunteers and fans. Diagonal was packed with fans (seemed like more than the marathon).
    The run starts with 3 miles up hill. Most of it pretty gradual, but there are some steep parts. We get up to the bluff north of town and then it's rolling all the way out to the turnaround. I get to the end and I'm thinking I have to do this 3 more times. I start walking up the hills and aid stations, but besides that I'm moving. I start seeing my friends and brother on this lap (I was a lot faster than them). It was good to get a high five and some encouraging words each time I saw them. I get back down into town and I'm still feeling good, but with the turnaround for loop 2 you get within about 50 yds of the finish line. It's hard to turnaround and do another 13 miles seeing that there. Back out for lap 2.
    Lap 2 was more of the same, hills, some walking, lots of running, gu, coke, bananas, ice, cold sponges, etc. When I get up to the turnaround point, I realize that I can get a 4:20 marathon, so I decide to buck up and run most of the last lap. It hurts, but all I walk are the aid stations. I head down diagonal and it all starts to hit you. I turn on to main and see the finish line. I head into the chute and start trying to pump up the crowd and find my family. Head for the finish line for a nice jump across. 4:20 marathon and a 11:36 total for the entire race. An hour slower than my best (on a flat/fast course in Florida), but my highest finish (190's) and I believe my best race.
    Head to get a massage, food, find my wife and son, pictures, and then back to the bleachers to watch my brother and friends finish. The finish line at an IM is so much fun. At that point we head to Denny's for food (after 3 hours I'm ready for real food). Pound 3 eggs, a slice of ham, 3 sausages, 3 bacon, 3 pancakes, hash browns and a large glass of chocolate milk.
    I had originally planned on going back to the finish to watch the last finishers at midnight, but I couldn't do it. I headed back to my condo for some well earned sleep.
    All in all, a great race and a great time. Even if I was still going to do more IM races, I don't know if I'd do St. George again. I loved the people and the course, but it is HARD.
    Now to get ready for Wasatch Back and the St. George Marathon.

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    Just wanted to let you all know my wife and I welcomed the newest Ute to the world last night

    by SD_UTE
    2010-03-19 19:29:13

    Caleb Reed Simmons was born last night at 11:45.
    Everyone is doing great and he has a nice "crimson" complexion.
    I guess the best thing about his birthday is that I'll be able to remember 20 years from now the last time that BYU won an NCAA tournament game after they go on another drought.

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