No. 2 Stanford Sinks No. 13 ASU's Upset Hopes, 129-109
Jan. 19, 2001
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The men of Stanford showed why they are ranked second in the nation Friday, winning seven of the first nine events en route to a 129-109 victory over No. 13 Arizona State in men's swimming and diving action at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center in Tempe, Ariz.
The Cardinal's dual record improved to 4-0 with the win, while ASU fell to 3-4 on the season.
The 400 yard medley relay provided an electrifying start for the 13-event meet, as both Stanford and ASU established season bests. Stanford's `A' squad of Randall Bal, Anthony Robinson, Bobby O'Bryan and Jeff Guyman, captured first with an NCAA `B' qualifying time of 3:16.45. Stanford's `B' team finished second in 3:18.36, while the ASU `A' team completed the race in 3:18.74 for third-place and an NCAA `B' time.
Although it was the Sun Devils' best performance of the season, ASU's third-place finish snapped senior Scott VonSchoff's victory streak. VonSchoff, who swam the anchor leg Friday, had come into the meet undefeated through 12 individual races and six relays in dual meets this year.
VonSchoff did keep his individual streak intact, however. Swimming the 100y freestyle, VonSchoff was first to the wall in 45 seconds flat, holding off Stanford freshman Andrew Schnell, who finished in 45.62.
ASU junior Simon MacDonald turned in his second-fastest 50y free time the season, winning in 20.66. That finish was just a hundredth-of-a-second slower than his season-best of 20.65, the team-leading time he established against Auburn last week.
The Sun Devil divers had a prosperous afternoon, taking first-place points in both events. Marc Briggs won the 1-meter with a total of 315.90, while Stanford's Gavin Olmstead held-off Sun Devil freshman Gordon Blukis for second-place: 286.50-284.63.
Blukis avenged the defeat in the 3-meter dive, when he finished with a first-place 312.90. Briggs was second with 311.33, while Olmstead settled for third with 305.63.
Stanford's team depth was evidenced more than once against ASU. In the 400y individual medley and the 200y butterfly, for example, the Cardinal swept the top three spots. Steven Brown won the 400 IM in 3:53.90, but even third-place Matt Sorlien was in with an NCAA `B' time of 3:55.97.
ASU will not have much time to recover from the loss as it will entertain the 7th-ranked Golden Bears of the University of California at noon Saturday, Jan. 20. It will be the last home meet at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center for ASU seniors Briggs, VonSchoff, Otto Hinks and Austin Paulsen.
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