Swimming and Diving Teams Fall to Arizona in Last Dual Meet of the Season

Feb. 12, 2005

TUCSON, Ariz. - The Arizona State University swimming and diving teams took on their intrastate rival, the University of Arizona, Saturday afternoon in the last dual meet of the season at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. The women fell to the Wildcats, 165-126, while the men were defeated, 172-118. Competing in her last dual meet as a Sun Devil, senior All-American Ágnes Kovács led the way for the ASU women with two individual first-place finishes on the day.

The women his the water first against the Wildcat women, with the 200 medley relay team of Florencia Szigeti, Kovács, Caitlin Andrew and Abra Armour starting the day with a second-place time of 1:44.11. Up next was the 1000 freestyle, where junior Kathryn Hennessy (10:14.34) and freshman Ellis Schieman (10:29.06) took second and third, respectively.

Andrew took to the water in the 100 backstroke, claming second-place honors in a time of 56.15. Kovács followed in the 100 breaststroke, swimming to her first top finish in a time of 1:02.25. Junior Heidi Schmidt claimed second, touching the wall after Kovacs in 1:03.86. Kovács hit the water again, claiming ASU's top time in the 200 breaststroke, swimming a time of 2:14.17.

In the 100 butterfly, Andrew notched the Sun Devils' fastest time, touching the wall in 55.24. Kovács followed in the 200 IM, claming her second individual top honor with a time of 2:03.19. The 200 freestyle relay team of Szigeti, Andrew, Laura Ullrich and Erin Baldinger rounded out the afternoon in the pool for the women, taking second-place in a time of 1:35.61.

In the diving pool, senior All-American Trisha Tumlinson swept the diving events in her last dual meet as a Sun Devil. In the 1-meter event, Tumlinson took the top honor with a score of 281.25 and claimed first-place with a score of 287.63 in the 3-meter event.

The men were led by top performances by junior All-American David Kolozar, freshman CJ Nuess and junior All-American Joona Puhakka. The Sun Devils were led off in the pool by a second-place swim in the 1000 freestyle by freshman Lucas Azevedo (9:41.48). Kolozar followed Azevedo in the 200 freestyle, touching the wall in a time of 1:40.88 for a second-place finish.

Kolozar hit the water again in the 200 butterfly, taking first-place in a time of 1:48.70 while teammate Nuess claimed second-place in 1:52.22. Nuess followed up in the 200 breaststroke, leading the way for the Sun Devils with a time of 2:03.76. Kolozar saw action in the 500 freestyle, claiming ASU's top time in that event with a time of 4:33.55.

Freshman John Dwelley hit the water in the 100 butterfly, swimming to ASU's top finish with a time of 52.04. Nuess took to the water one more time for the Sun Devil men, touching the wall in second-place in the 200 IM with a time of 1:53.71.

Rounding out the day for the men in the pool was the 200 freestyle relay team of Steve McDonald, Alex Smith, AJ Blusciewicz and Eric Souther. The freestyle relay team swam to a second-place finish with a time of 1:26.59.

Puhakka led the way for the men in the diving pool, taking top honors in the 1-meter event with a score of 367.35 and finished second in the 3-meter with a score of 366.74.

The women's swimming team and both diving teams will travel to Seattle, Wash. February 23-27 to compete at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships. The men's swimming team returns to action March 2-6 for the 2005 Pac-10 Championships in Long Beach, Calif.

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