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Utah swimming: Nick Soedel sets sights on NCAA title, and beyond
U. of U. swimming » Not serious about the sport at first, Pac-12 champ is set on NCAA title and U.S. National Team.

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But first things first: Austin, March 27-29.

Unlike at last year’s NCAAs, when Soedel says he was shaking and sweating before races, "I’m not going to be intimidated by them," he says. "When I show up, they’re going to be intimidated by me."

At a glance

NCAA Men’s Swimming Championships

March 27-29,

At Austin, Texas

Nick Soedel at a glance

Hometown » Huntington Beach, Calif.

Age » 20 | Height » 6’5”

Year » Junior

Major » Psychology

Pac-12 Championship results » 1st, 100 freestyle; 3rd, 50 freestyle

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Sven, Patty, and Soedel’s 14-year-old sister, April, will be there to provide support and, if need be, to point him toward the blocks. Sven’s parents also plan to drive down from West Lafeyette, Ind.

Jokes Sven, "After all these years, they finally have a swimmer in our family who has done something."

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