Kailia Utley - Women's Swimming - Vanderbilt University Athletics

Kailia Utley Season 2021-22

Class Freshman
Hometown Huntington Beach, Calif.
High School Mater Dei
Major Undeclared

Career Honors
• 2021-22 second-team CSCAA Scholar All-American
• 2021-22 First-Year SEC Academic Honor Roll

Career-Best Times
100 Back: 56.90 at Miami Invitational, 11.19.21
200 Back: 2:02.61 at Miami Invitational, 11.20.21
100 Fly: 53.73 at Miami Invitational, 11.19.21
200 Fly: 1:58.53 at SEC Championships, 2.18.22

Commodore Record Watch
• Is the school overall and freshman record holder in the 200 fly
• Ranks second on the Commodores’ all-time performance list in the 100 fly after setting a school freshman record in the event

As a Freshman (2021-22)
• Met NCAA B and NIC A Standards in the 100 and 200 fly, as well as the NIC B Standard in the 200 back
• Was the lone Commodore to compete at the CSCAA National Invitational Championship (March 10-12), taking part in the 50, 100 and 200 fly
• Had the team’s top times in 100 and 200 fly, and 200 back, and also ranked fifth in the 100 back
• Qualified for the C Final in the 200 fly at the SEC Championships (Feb. 15-19) after setting school overall and freshman records in the event
• Won the A Final in the 100 and 200 (1:59.19) fly as well as the B Final in the 100 back at the Miami Invitational (Nov. 18-20), also coming in sixth in the A Final of the 200 back
• Also won 200 fly against Florida Gulf Coast (Oct. 16) and Tulane (Nov. 6), earning a third-place finish in the 100 fly (56.66) at FCGU as well
• Finished second in the 100 (56.19) and 200 (2:03.12) fly, and was third in the 200 back (2:06.36) in victory over Illinois (Oct. 30)
• Paced the Commodores in the 200 fly (2:07.03) against Tennessee (Jan. 20), also placing in the top five in the 100 fly (57.45)

The Utley File
• Major is undeclared
• Prepped at Mater Dei under head coach Kelly Dullard
• Twice competed at the California state championships
• 2021 CIF state champion in 100 fly with a time of 53.67
• Holds Mater Dei record in 100 fly — broke it three times
• 2021 Mater Dei Swimmer of the Year
• 2018 and 2021 High Point Award winner
• Letterwinner in swimming and captained team for two years
• Salutatorian of high school class; graduated Summa Cum Laude
• Scholar-Athlete of the Year at Mater Dei
• Two-time Cornerstone Scholar Award winner
• ASB President
• Member of the National Honor Society, Renaissance Club
• Daughter of Kathy and Heath Utley
• Has two older brothers, Noah and Brayden; and a younger brother, Dane
• Born in Newport Beach, California
• Mom, Kathy, swam at Arizona; dad, Heath, competed in track and field at Arizona; brother, Noah, played football at West Point; brother, Brayden, plays football at Baylor
• Tap dance for 11 years
• Played Sebastian in school’s senior musical
• Was a foreign exchange student to New Zealand
• Junior lifeguard at Huntington Beach

Why Vanderbilt: “I wanted a team that would be motivated in the pool and classroom. The girls on the team got to meet were very welcoming and I felt like I fit right in.”