Kovács, Brunelli Win ASU Swim Pentathlon For Second Straight Year -- October 12, 2002

TEMPE, Ariz., Oct. 12. FOR the second year running, ASU swimmers Ágnes Kovács and Nick Brunelli won their respective pentathlons at the annual meet that also features ASU swimming alumni. The meet called for the swimmers to compete in the 100 fly, 100 back, 100 breast, 100 free and 200 IM. The swimmer with the lowest combined five-event time won the competition.

Kovács, Pac-10 champion and second-place finisher at last season's NCAAs in the 200 breast, dominated the women's side with her total time of 6:00.72 outdistancing Petra Banovic, the second place-finisher, by almost 20 seconds. With her time of 1:03.86 in the 100 breast, Kovács has already registered an NCAA "B" qualifying time in that event.

The second- and third-place finishers for the women are transfers new to the program. Banovic, a transfer from San Jose State, earned second-place with a 6:20.17. Courtney Caples, a transfer from Miami (Fla.) got her third place with a combined time of 6:23.26.

On the men's side, Nick Brunelli finished first with his time of 5:29.40. Places two through six were all occupied by newcomers to the program, with freshman David Kolozar earning second-place with his 5:34.51. Third place was Auburn transfer Evan Rahaeuser (5:36.05), fourth was Steve McDonald (5:38.90), fifth was Tom Hickman (5:45.34) and Leonardo Martins (5:46.46) finished sixth.

The regular season will begin for ASU swimming and diving on Friday, October 25 at 1:00 p.m. at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center. The men will take on UNLV while the women will face both UNLV and Northern Arizona.

ASU Women Divers Top New Mexico

THE Arizona State women's diving squad got its dual meet season underway, defeating the New Mexico Lobos 12-7 in a single diving event.

The event featured divers from each school competing on a combined six dives from the 1-meter, 3-meter and platform. ASU transfer sophomore Trisha Tumlinson finished first in the meet with a score of 319.50. Becca Barras finished second for the Lobos with a score of 271.50.

Other ASU finishes included Jessica Stenson finishing fourth (232.13) and Nicole Zukowski finishing fifth (196.88). New Mexico's other two divers were Tracey Berghian in third (233.78) and Kaley Knafelc in sixth (157.20). Lina Schuetz scored a 191.10 for the Sun Devils, but only the top three divers from each school counted towards the team point total.

Two ASU men divers participated in the meet with their scores not counting toward the team total. Thomas McCrummen scored a 255.15 and Brant Bingham earned a 238.80. Finnish Olympian Joona Puhakka did not compete for the ASU men and Kristin Littell did not dive for the ASU women.