Men's Swimming Finishes Fifth At Pac-10 Championships

March 3, 2001

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LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Finishing with 360.5 total points, Arizona State's 13th-ranked men's swimming team finished in fifth-place as the Pacific-10 Conference Championships at Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach, Calif., concluded Saturday.

National No. 3 Stanford won its 20th-consecutive conference title with 844.5 points, while No. 8 USC finished second with 722.5 points. No. 5 Cal took third at 540.5, ahead of No. 7 Arizona in fourth (538), fifth-place ASU and sixth-place No. 25 Washington (190). ASU's fifth-place finish was its fourth such finish in five years.

Leading the Sun Devils in the final day was senior All-American Scott VonSchoff, who turned in the third-fastest 100-yard freestyle time in ASU history to finish second in the consolation final at 44.31. Juniors Anders Lyrbring (14th, 44.59) and Bo West (15th, 44.75) also turned in strong performances for the Sun Devils in the 100y free.

As impressive as VonSchoff's performance was, junior transfer Ahmed Hussein's was equally so. Swimming the third-fastest 200y backstroke in ASU history, Hussein finished fifth in 1:46.16. Stanford's Markus Rogan won the event in 1:42.58.

The Sun Devils' next best finish Saturday came from junior Mike Dowling, who set a team season best of 15:38.92 in the 1650y free to earn a ninth-place finish. In event finals of the 200y breaststroke and 200y butterfly, senior Austin Paulsen (2:07.04) and freshman Rich Jacobs (1:50.07) led ASU with 12th-place finishes, respectively.

In the final event of the 2001 Pac-10 Championships, ASU finished just five-tenths of a second short of an NCAA `A' qualifying time in the 400y free relay. Settling for a `B' time of 2:55.87, the Sun Devils earned fourth-place. USC finished just ahead of ASU in third at 2:55.83, while California claimed the title in 2:52.20.

With the conference season complete, only the national stage remains. The men's NCAA Championships will be held March 22-24 at College Station Texas. Members of ASU's women's swimming team will see national action sooner than that, with competition from March 15-17 at Long Island, N.Y.

ASU Men's Swimming Results - Day Three, Pac-10 Championships

Event FINALS:
1650y Freestyle FINALS: 9. Dowling, Mike 15:38.92
200y Backstroke FINALS: 5. Hussein, Ahmed 1:46.16
100y Freestyle FINALS: 8. VonSchoff, Scott 44.31, 14. Lyrbring, Anders 44.59, 15. West, Bo 44.75, 16. Brunelli, Nick 44.79, 17. Meadows, Gavin 44.99, 19. Hill, Mark 45.72
200y Breastroke FINALS: 12. Paulsen, Austin 2:07.04, 14. Spetman, Brian, 16. Taylor, Chris 2:09.98
200y Butterfly FINALS: 12. Jacobs, Rich 1:50.07, 13. Shaw, Jon 1:53.49, 14. Smith, Evan 1:53.74
400y Freestyle Relay FINALS: 4) ASU (Lyrbring, VonSchoff, Brunelli, MacDonald) 2:55.87, DQ ASU `B' (Martin, Meadows, West, Wallace) DQ

PRELIMINARIES -
200y Backstroke PRELIM: 8. Hussein, Ahmed 1:47.38
100y Freestyle PRELIM: 13. VonSchoff, Scott 44.59, 17. Lyrbring, Anders 44.75, 18. Brunelli, Nick 44.84, 20. Hill, Mark 45.02, 22. West, Bo 45.12, 28. MacDonald, Simon 45.44, 33. Martin, Federico 45.66, 39. Wallace, Wiley 47.21.
200y Breaststroke PRELIM: 14. Paulsen, Austin 2:07.58, 17. Spetman, Brian 2:08.55, 21. Taylor, Chris 2:12.26
200y Butterfly PRELIM: 16. Jacobs, Rich 1:50.49, 17. Smith, Evan 1:52.64, 18. Shaw, Evan 1:54.80

Complete Day Three results available above In PDF format.

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