Meet of the Week Preview: Arizona State at Minnesota

By Jason Marsteller

PHOENIX, Arizona, January 18. THE next meet in the's Meet of the Week program comes at us tomorrow as Arizona State travels to Minneapolis to take on Minnesota in a noon-time tilt.

Here is a quick preview of the match-up:

Date and Time: Saturday, January 19 at Noon
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Facility: University Aquatic Center

Arizona State's Last Time Out:
The Arizona State men's swimming team concluded action at the Classic at SMU finishing third overall with a total of 351.5 points.

The meet was packed with incredible talent as a team from Longhorn Aquatics under the moniker of the Texas All-Stars invaded the Classic. The squad included world-class swimmers like Brendan Hansen, Ian Crocker and Aaron Peirsol.

Billy Sweeney had the only individual victory of the weekend for ASU as he won the three meter with 327.90.

As for the women, they last competed in a quad meet on Jan. 5. The women handily defeated the three teams they faced, Oregon State (209-78), Purdue (201-86) and Washington (176-111).

Individual wins came from Caitlin Andrew (100 back; 55.74, 200 fly; 2:02.33), Ashton Aubry (100 fly; 54.28), Jen Beckberger (200 free; 1:50.13, 50 free; 23.35, 100 free; 50.82) and Ashley Evans (200 IM; 2:05.27).

ASU also won the 200 free relay with Beckberger, Lindsey Brown, Jess Perazzo and Sara McDaniel combining for a 1:34.02.

Looking forward with Arizona State head coach Michael Chasson:
This meet will provide very tough competition in a challenging situation. I hope our team will use is it as practice to get ready for the Pacific 10 Championships and NCAAs later in the season.

Minnesota's Last Time Out:
The Minnesota men beat Hawaii in Honolulu, 176-107, on January 12. The Golden Gophers picked up wins in the 50 free (Colin Lee-To: 20.26), 100 free (Curt Carlson: 45.37), 200 free (Mike Woodson: 1:39.00), 500 free (Mike Holmes: 4:32.69), 1000 free (Nico Zebley: 9:24.18), 100 back (Russ Payne: 50.01), 200 back (Russ Payne: 1:47.95), 100 breast (Jason Timmer: 54.92), 200 breast (Jason Timmer: 2:00.73). They also won the 200 medley relay with David Plummer, Jon Roberts, Lee-To and Woodson touching in 1:31.08.

As for the women, they whipped up on Idaho, 127-56, on Jan. 2. Individual wins came from Megan Braun (100 fly; 57.43), Diedre Dewall (100 back; 57.24, 200 IM; 2:05.10), Yuen Kobayashi (200 free; 1:50.81), Meredith McCarthy (50 free; 23.82, 100 free; 52.09), Jillian Tyler (100 breast; 1:02.59) and Courtney Veerman (500 free; 5:08.19).

They also won the relays with Akradi, Tyler, Braun and Busack touching in 1:46.29 in the 200 medley and Busack, Holtmeyer, McCarthy and Akradi hitting the wall in 1:36.65 in the 200 free.

Looking forward with Minnesota men's head coach Dennis Dale
This is our first meet following our training trip and although our guys are a bit tired, I expect them to perform well and at a high level. There will be some great races with Arizona State. They have the top-ranked swimmer in the nation in the 400 IM in CJ Nuess and have two outstanding sprinters in Steve Neuwert and Mohammed Madwa, so you will see some great races there. Arizona State also has an excellent backstroker from Croatia in Ante Cvitkovic and a fantastic diver. Although we have considerably more depth, I expect this to be a very competitive meet.

Looking forward with Minnesota women's co-head coach Terry Nieszner
Arizona State has a great team and we feel like they should be ranked much higher than they are. We had a great training trip but we are extremely tired. However, I think that we can pull it together and have a strong meet. I really expect this to be an exciting and competitive meet.

Top 2007-08 Times Comparison:
50 Free
ASU: 20.11, Steve Neuwert
MINN: 20.15, Mike Woodson
100 Free
ASU: 44.24, Steve Neuwert
MINN: 44.49, Tyler Schmidt
200 Free
ASU: 1:37.44, Sean Boyle
MINN: 1:37.85, Tyler Schmidt
500 Free
ASU: 4:20.81, CJ Nuess
MINN: 4:22.42, Ray Betuzzi
1000 Free
ASU: 9:27.60, CJ Nuess
MINN: 9:10.60, Mike Holmes
1650 Free
ASU: 15:01.63, CJ Nuess
MINN: 15:23.43, Mike Holmes
100 Back
ASU: 48.69, Ante Cvitkovic
MINN: 47.75, David Plummer
200 Back
ASU: 1:46.09, Ante Cvitkovic
MINN: 1:45.00, David Plummer
100 Breast
ASU: 55.56, Eddy Salcido
MINN: 54.08, Jon Roberts
200 Breast
ASU: 1:58.93, CJ Nuess
MINN: 1:58.12, Jon Roberts
100 Fly
ASU: 47.97, John Dwelley
MINN: 48.96, Mike Woodson
200 Fly
ASU: 1:47.32, Sean Boyle
MINN: 1:47.12, Alex Wold
200 IM
ASU: 1:47.63, CJ Nuess
MINN: 1:46.88, Russ Payne
400 IM
ASU: 3:44.51, CJ Nuess
MINN: 3:48.94, Russ Payne
200 Free Relay
ASU: 1:20.64
MINN: 1:20.04
400 Free Relay
ASU: 2:56.68
MINN: 2:57.55
800 Free Relay
MINN: 6:31.74
200 Medley Relay
ASU: 1:31.67
MINN: 1:28.72
400 Medley Relay
MINN: 3:12.81
1M Diving
ASU: 390.00 Micky Benedetti
MINN: 320.55, Cole Young
3M Diving
ASU: 437.63, Micky Benedetti
MINN: 388.35, Cole Young

50 Free
ASU: 22.64, Jen Beckberger
MINN: 22.93, Stacy Busack
100 Free
ASU: 49.10, Jess Perazzo
MINN: 49.26, Stacy Busack
200 Free
ASU: 1:47.58, Jen Beckberger
MINN: 1:46.77, Jenny Shaughnessy
500 Free
ASU: 4:53.46, Shannon Garrett
MINN: 4:41.09, Yuen Kobayashi
1000 Free
ASU: 10:18.33, Ellis Schieman
MINN: 9:46.99, Yuen Kobayashi
1650 Free
ASU: 16:42.90, Shannon Garrett
MINN: 16:06.36, Yuen Kobayashi
100 Back
ASU: 54.11, Caitlin Andrew
MINN: 55.66, Roxane Akradi
200 Back
ASU: 1:56.77, Caitlin Andrew
MINN: 1:58.71, Roxane Akradi
100 Breast
ASU: 1:03.93, Sara McDaniel
MINN: 59.82, Jillian Tyler
200 Breast
ASU: 2:18.53, Lindsey Russenberger
MINN: 2:10.44, Jillian Tyler
100 Fly
ASU: 52.89, Caitlin Andrew
MINN: 54.43, Megan Braun
200 Fly
ASU: 1:59.96, Ashton Aubry
MINN: 1:58.86, Molly Belk
200 IM
ASU: 2:00.95, Ashley Evans
MINN: 1:58.97, Jillian Tyler
400 IM
ASU: 4:21.33, Ashley Evans
MINN: 4:14.95, Jenny Shaughnessy
200 Free Relay
ASU: 1:29.87
MINN: 1:31.16
400 Free Relay
ASU: 3:15.96
MINN: 3:20.76
800 Free Relay
MINN: 7:13.78
200 Medley Relay
ASU: 1:41.06
MINN: 1:41.26
400 Medley Relay
MINN: 3:39.40
1M Diving
ASU: 267.25, Erin Hobbs
MINN: 271.75, Jacqueline Schroeder
3M Diving
ASU: 291.12, Brittany Jumer
MINN: 298.28, Jacqueline Schroeder

* – denotes meter conversion

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