Pac-12 Weekly Preview: UCLA Faces Washington State; ASU Back Home

Knoxville, TN - December 7, 2013: Arizona State University Swimmer during the 2013 AT&T Swimming Winter National Championships on December 7, 2013 in Knoxville, Tennessee at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center. Photo By Matthew DeMaria/Tennessee Athletics
Photo Courtesy: Matthew DeMaria/Tennessee Athletics

By Dan D’Addona.

Most of the Pac-12 has an off week, but there are still a couple of teams competing. Here is what to watch for this week:

Arizona State vs. Denver

Bob Bowman is making some headway helping to bring the Arizona men’s and women’s swimming and diving team to the next level.

The Sun Devils made some major improvements last week, winning 20 of 24 events in a dual meet against BYU. The men won 189-109 and the women won 189-107.

This week, Arizona State returns to Tempe for its home opener against Denver at noon on Saturday.

Several Sun Devils are coming off of strong performances against BYU.

Alysha Bush once again performed well, earning a pair of wins in the 50 and 100-yard free while Chloe Isleta (200-yard back, 200-yard IM), Kendall Dawson (500 and 1000-yard free) and Kaya Philapil (100-yard and 200-yard breast) also touched first in multiple events for the women.

On the men’s side, Zach Poti (100-yard back) and Cameron Craig (200-yard IM) earned their first career individual victories while Benjamin Olszewski (500 and 1000-yard free) earned multiple victories.

Mara Aiacoboae took first in both the women’s 1-and 3-meter dives while David Hoffer earned a win in the men’s 3-meter.

Washington State vs. UCLA

Washington State is coming off of a loss to No. 9 Cal that saw a the Cougars show a lot of promise, even though it didn’t lead to a victory.

Freshman Angela Mavrantza won the 100 breaststroke clocking in at 1:04.01, just out-touching California’s Maija Roses.

The Athens, Greece, native then broke into the Washington State All-Time Top 10 with a second-place finish in the 200 breaststroke. Her time of 2:16.73 put her in a tie with current teammate Addisynn Bursch for seventh on the list.

UCLA is coming off of a big victory in its Breast Cancer Awareness Meet.

The Bruins posted nine first-place finishes in their home-opening Breast Cancer Awareness meet on Saturday afternoon. Seven swimmers won, while senior Annika Lenz swept the 1- and 3-meter diving events.

Senior Katy Campbell cruised to a comfortable victory in the 1,000 freestyle (10:13.52). Linnea Mack won the 200 freestyle (1:49.43) and the 100 freestyle (50.07). Freshman Kenisha Liu won the 200 breaststroke (2:17.81).