No. 10 Women's Swimming Moves To 6-3 vs. Northern Arizona, 150-91
Feb. 3, 2002
TEMPE, Ariz. - With its top swimmers competing away from their strengths, Arizona State's 10th-ranked women's swimming and diving team still had enough to defeat Northern Arizona 150-91 at Mona Plummer Aquatic Center, Sunday.ASU's women are now 6-3 on the season with one dual meet remaining, while NAU finishes the dual season at 2-7. The Sun Devil men did not compete.
The Sun Devils earned first-place points in 11 of 13 events, led by freshman sprinter Sarah Fischer and senior diver Natalie Burgess, both of whom picked up a pair of wins. Fischer's first collegiate win came in the 50-yard freestyle, where she swam her best time of the season at 24.63 to edge NAU's Leia Fazio at 24.78. Then in the 100y butterfly, Fischer again produced a collegiate best, going 58.16 for first while teammate Katie Titcomb came in second at 1:00.50.
Coming off a strong outing vs. Texas, Burgess swept the springboard events with a 1-meter optionals score of 263.25 and a 3-meter total of 301.27. Sun Devil Jessica Stenson placed third in both events with sums of 243.37 and 256.65, respectively.
With teammate ï¿½gnes Kovï¿½cs making her appearance in the 1000y free, which she won in 10:06.76, senior Riley Mants cashed in on a rare opportunity to compete as ASU's top breaststroker, earning her first win of the season in the 100y breast with a time of 1:04.30. It was a well-deserved curtain call for Mants, who ranks third in school history in the 100y and 200y breast, but has been forced to compete in the shadow of Kovï¿½cs -- an Olympic and World Champion -- this season.
ASU's other individual winners Sunday were Brooke Townsend, Florencia Szigeti and Sarah Baham. Townsend led Amanda Stanford (2:10.83) and Melissa Bartlett (2:11.40) to a sweep of the top-three spots in the 200y individual medley in 2:09.37. In the 200y backstroke, it was Szigeti's 1:00.21 in first with Stanford picking up another runner-up finish in 1:01.71. And in the 500y free, Baham's 5:07.38 set the pace, followed by freshman Kari Wilcox in second at 5:11.90.
ASU also won both relays, taking the 200y medley relay in 1:48.06 and the 200y free relay in 1:00.21.
NAU's victories were in the 100y and 200y free. Heather Anderson bested Townsend 53.42 to 53.98 in the 100y free and finished runner-up to fellow Lumberjack Annie Warner (1:54.99) in the 200y free in 1:55.64.
The Sun Devils have only one more regular season meet remaining. Saturday, February 16, ASU's men's and women's teams will face-off against intrastate rival Arizona at noon at Mona Plummer Aquatic Center in Tempe.