Arizona State Men’s Swimming and Diving Beats USC at Home For First Time Since 2003

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Zachary Poti was instrumental for Arizona State in taking down USC. Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The No. 16 Arizona State men’s swimming and diving squad earned their first home win over the USC Trojans for the first time in 16 years, easily taking a 184-109 victory on Friday afternoon at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center. The No. 25 women took on the seventh-ranked Trojans as well, fighting a close meet throughout but ultimately falling 184-113.

Team Scores:

  • Men: Arizona State 184, USC 109
  • Women: USC 184, Arizona State 113

RESULTS

Arizona State Swimming and Diving Press Release

Several upperclassmen contributed multiple wins including distance swimmers Benjamin Olszewski and Emma Nordin. Olszewski turned heads after defeating 2019 Pac-12 Champion Victor Johansson in the 500 free, taking first place and teammate Liam Bresette taking second. Olszewski was one of four Sun Devils to win multiple events, joining Nordin (500, 1000 free), Evan Carlson (50, 100 free) and Zach Poti (100, 200 back).

The talented freshmen class also continued to prove themselves today, with Jack Dolan (200 free) and Lindsay Looney (200 fly) taking first in events throughout the afternoon. The Sun Devils won 14 of the 28 total events this afternoon, taking an even split against the Trojans.

Over in the diving well, Youssef Selim again excelled, taking first place in both the one-meter and three-meter events for the second meet in a row. Selim achieved a zone qualifying score in both events last time out, but improved on those scores against USC. Kaellgren also took the board this afternoon, taking fourth in both springboard events.

USC Press Release

Seniors Louise Hansson and Naomi Gowlett, junior Marta Ciesla and sophomore Isa Odgers each won a pair of races to lead the No. 7 USC women to a win at Arizona State on Friday (Nov. 1) while sophomore Alexei Sancov led the Trojan men with two victories in a loss to the Sun Devils squad.

The Trojan women won 184-113 while the men lost 184-109.

Hansson got her first win of the day by capturing the 100y back in 54.46 while freshman Aela Janvier was third (55.18). Janvier later won the 200y back in 1:58.55. Swimming in multiple events for the first time this season, Hansson went on to win her specialty, the 100y fly, in 53.24.

Ciesla won both sprints, taking the 50y free in 22.90 and the 100 in 50.21. Sophomore Laticia Transom, who won USC’s first event of the day in the 200y free (1:47.11), finished second in the 50y free (23.04) while junior Jemma Schlicht was second in the 100y free (50.87) and third in the 200y free (1:50.73). Schlicht was also second to Hansson in the 100y fly (54.78).

Sophomore Isa Odgers remained unbeaten this year in the 200y breast with a 2:13.00 and closed the individual racing with a first in the 400y IM (4:22.06). She was also second in the 100y breast (1:02.66).

In the diving well, senior Naomi Gowlett swept the springboard events, winning the 1-meter (287.40) and 3-meter (281.85). Senior Carly Souza was second on 3-meter (270.68) while freshman Nike Agunbiade was second on 1-meter (275.48).

Senior Tatum Wade posted a pair of second-place finishes in the 500y (4:53.87) and 1000y free (9:59.84). Freshman Nicole Pavlopoulou had a pair of breaststroke thirds in the 100 (1:02.85) and 200 (2:14.04).

Sophomore Alexei Sancov secured the USC men’s teams two victories, sweeping the fly events with a 48.07 in the 100 and a 1:48.11 in the 200.

Other top finishes for the men included senior Matt McDermott taking second in the 200y breast (2:06.75) and sophomore Victor Johansson’s second in the 1000y free (9:11.20).

Senior diver Henry Fusaro, after missing most of the 2019 spring semester due to injury, returned to action and posted a pair of seconds on 1-meter (330.30) and 3-meter (355.50).

The USC women also won both the 200y medley and free relays.