No. 7 Cal Tops No. 13 ASU In Men's Swimming & Diving

Jan. 20, 2001

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- While the entire team endured the 162-133 loss to No. 7 California (4-0), four seniors on Arizona State's (3-5) 13th-ranked men's swimming and diving team probably felt it a little more Saturday.

For diver Marc Briggs and swimmers Otto Hinks, Austin Paulsen and Scott VonSchoff, the dual meet with Cal marked the last time they performed at their home pool in the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center.

Briggs went out in style, winning the 1-meter dive with a score of 329.70, while tallying 283.72 in the 1-meter to win that event. Cal's Nicolas Bartolotta was a two-time runner-up with scores of 298.50 and 268.42, respectively. Sun Devil freshman Gordon Blukis finished third in both disciplines, performing to respective scores of 282.07 and 267.90.

Hinks, ASU's school record holder in the 100 yard breaststroke, fell to Cal's Daniel Kim (56.04) in that event Saturday, but swam an NCAA `B' qualifying time of 56.12 in the process. Hinks later finished third in the 200y breast with a time of 2:04.87. The Golden Bears' Peter Aronsson won the event in 2:03.53.

Paulsen swam to one of ASU's three individual swimming wins in the 200y individual medley. While swimming 1:52.48 to win, Paulsen pulled freshman Rich Jacobs to a second-place finish of 1:52.65, the Sun Devils' second-fastest time of the year. Aronsson settled for third in 1:53.00.

VonSchoff entered the meet having won all 12 of his individual races in dual meet competition this season, but his streak did not last until the end of the home season. Matched up against Cal's Anthony Ervin, the nation's leader in the 100y freestyle with a season-best of 43.10, Von Schoff swam his third-fastest time of the season, 44.59, but could not catch Ervin's 43.87.

VonSchoff was not without victory, however. In the last event of the afternoon, contested only by ASU's `B' team and an exhibition effort from Cal, VonSchoff anchored the 400y free relay team to first-place points in 2:59.37.

It was ASU's third-fastest mark of the season in the event. And when it was over, VonSchoff - a team co-captain with Paulsen and ASU's undisputed leader in the poll this season - fittingly, was the last to leave the water.

The Sun Devils have three dates remaining on their schedules before heading into the post-season. Next up, ASU travels to Vancouver, B.C. to meet the University of British Columbia and the University of Calgary, Feb. 2-3. Then, Feb. 10, ASU will head south to take on Arizona in the swimming version of the dual in the desert.

Men's Pacific-10 Conference Championships run from March 1-3, in Long Beach, Calif.

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