Arizona State Swimming and Diving Sweeps Utah

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Silja Kansakoski won both breaststrokes for Arizona State. Photo Courtesy: McKenna Ehrmantraut

Arizona State swimming and diving walked out of Utes territory with a win Friday afternoon in Salt Lake. The men handed Utah a 176-122 loss while the ASU women won 165.50-132.50.

Team Scores:

  • Men: Arizona State 176, Utah 122
  • Women: Arizona State 165.5, Utah 132.5

RESULTS

Arizona State Swimming and Diving Press Release

Several freshmen won individual events this afternoon, including Jack Dolan (200 free), Jade Foelske (100 fly, 200 fly) and Alex Colson (200 IM) to kick off their Sun Devil careers on a high note. Several also contributed legs in winning relays including Dolan in the winning men’s 400 free relay and Lindsay Looney in the women’s 200 medley relay.

Youssef Selim also took his first victory of the season over on the diving board and first NCAA Zone qualifying score as well after putting up a 341.85 in the one-meter springboard. He also achieved a zone qualifying score in the three-meter board with a score of 336.30 to take second place. Frida Kaellgren also shined today, taking first in one-meter and second on three-meter.

Overall, the Sun Devils won 22 of the 32 events completed this afternoon. Foelske joined Zach Poti (100 back, 200 back), Cierra Runge (200 free, 500 free), Silja Kansakoski (100 breast, 200 breast) and Evan Carlson (100 fly, 50 free) as Sun Devils to win multiple events.

FROM THE COACHES

Head Swimming Coach Bob Bowman

“We had the team up at 3:30 a.m. today to fly to the mountains and swim against a good Utah team. There was a lot of tough racing, and I’m proud of how we handled today’s challenges. We are in very hard training right now and the athletes had great attitudes and team spirit.

Our freshman got their first real taste of collegiate racing today and will definitely get a lot out of today’s experience. Jade Foelske, Jack Dolan and Alex Colson all won events. We are a young team and we are getting better every day.

Cierra Runge won three events today, and Ben Olszewski and Emma Nordin were tough in the distance events. I’m looking forward to seeing them improve as the season continues.”

Head Diving Coach Mark Bradshaw

“It’s really early in the season for us, so I thought we wouldn’t be incredibly sharp and that was the way it went for us today. Both Frida and Youssef did some good things and some not so good things as well. We still have some work to do!”

Utah Press Release

Utah Swim and Dive lost to Arizona State in a Pac-12 meet this afternoon. The men fell 176-122, while the women were defeated 165.5-132.5.

“I think we rebounded nicely after a rough start,” head coach Joe Dykstra said. “I challenged them at the break to improve and credit to the team, they did. We had some hard, close races and that competitive experience will help us moving forward.”

In the Pool

The first individual winner of the day was Sarah Lott in the 100 back. She nearly matched her top time this season (55.02) with a swim of 55.18. Leyre Casarin captured the 100 free in 51.75, Audrey Reimer won the 200 back in 2:00.34 and Charity Pittard was tops in the 200 IM with a time of 2:04.67.

The freshman was also Utah’s top swimmer in the 100 ((1:03.90) and 200 breast (2:17.88) placing second in both events. Lott, Casarin, Reimer and Maddie Woznick capped the festivities with a win in the 400 free (3:26.15).

Woznick also had Utah’s top time in the 50 free (23.97), enough for the runner-up spot. Sara McClendon had the best performances by a Ute in the 500 (5:05.09) and 1000 free (10:14.05) events, while Emma Lawless was the runner-up in the 100 fly (56.38). Kyla Yetter took third in the 200 free (1:52.91), with Christina Pick taking fourth in the 200 fly (2:07.28)

Rahiti De Vos was the top performer for the men’s side, winning the 500 free in 4:34.79 and taking second in the 1000 (9:33.71). Other individual winners for Utah included Andrew Britton in the 100 breast (56.73) and Brody Lewis in the 200 breast (2:07.45).

Finn O’Haimhirgin, David Fridlander and Ben Waterman all had a pair of top times for Utah in their respective events. O’Haimhirgin was the runner-up in the 200 free (1:41.67) and took third in the 100 (45.69). Fridlander took second in the 100 back (49.82) and third in the 200 (1:51.59), and Waterman earned runner-up status in the 100 fly (49.74), while placing third in the 200 (1:52.59).

Jackson Cunningham was Utah’s top performer in the 200 IM (1:57.14) and Cooper DeRyk paced the Utes in the 50 free (20.97). The 200 medley relay of David Fridlander, DeRyk, Liam O’Haimhirgin, and Britton finished just six-tenths behind ASU’s quartet with a time of 1:30.17.

On the Boards

Freshman Lizzy DeCecco continued her strong start to the season by winning the 3m with a final score of 294.95, 34 points ahead of the second-place finisher. Emma Ruchala was second in the 1m for the Utes with a score of 231.83

In the men’s 3m, Luke McDivitt pulled out a huge win for Utah by beating Youssef Selim, the reigning Pac-12 Platform Champion and a member of Egypt’s Olympic Team. This marked the first individual win of McDivitt’s college career. Tony Chen took second for Utah in the 1m with a final score of 298.65.

“It is still early, but we are making the progress that we need to,” head diving coach Richard Marschner said, “We are trying to polish things up as we go forward. Luke had a really strong day for us, and he has been putting in the work in practice, so this is a big step for him.”