Arizona State Women’s Swimming Defeats UCLA

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The No. 22 Arizona State Women’s Swimming team welcomed fans back to the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center — and they didn’t disappoint.  The Sun Devils took care of business against the UCLA Bruins, winning big, 173-121.

In the first meeting between the schools in two years, the win over the Bruins marks the Sun Devils’ first over their Pac-12 foe since Nov. 4, 2017.

With the win, the Sun Devils move to 2-0 for the first time since 2017-18.

HOW IT HAPPENED 

It was a terrific showing for Arizona State, one in which they jumped out to an early lead and comfortably paced the Bruins the rest of the afternoon.

They opened up the meet winning the first six out of seven events before the break. In nine events, they had two or more swimmers finish with top-three finishes. With 14 events on the day, the Sun Devils only lost two in close fashion.

The four-person relay team of Riley Lexvold, Iza Adame, Jade Foelske, and Erica Laning opened up today’s meet with a win in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:42.81.

Arizona State redshirt senior Emma Nordin won the 1000 yard freestyle with a time of 9:54.94.

Redshirt senior Erica Laning won her second 200-yard freestyle of the year with a time of 1:49.43.

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ROOKIES SHINE

The freshman from down under, Molly Batchelor, made her Arizona State debut with a big outing, winning the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:52.43. She also played a part in winning the 800-yard freestyle relay.

Freshman Emma Gehlert won her first race in her collegiate career in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:15.08.

UCLA TOP SWIMS

UCLA received individual event wins from junior Sophia Kosturos (100 back) and senior Ella Kirschke (200 IM) on Friday. Kosturos notched a season-best time in her event to take home the win, while Kirschke was the first-place finisher in the 200 IM for the second time in as many dual meets this fall.

Kirschke was also the runner-up finisher in the 200 freestyle, the lone Bruin to log multiple top-two individual finishes against Arizona State.

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