ASU Completes NCAA Women's Swimming Championships

March 17, 2001

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. -- Sarah Baham's 10th-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly led Arizona State in the final day of the women's NCAA Swimming Championships at Nassau County Aquatic Center, Saturday.

Finishing the three-day meet with 45 points, ASU finished in 21st-place, matching its 2000 finish. Tennessee finished a spot above the Sun Devils in 20th-place with 58 points. Winning the 2001 title was Georgia, with 389 points. Stanford finished runner-up by less than two points at 387.5. Texas rounded out the top-three at 350.5.

Baham, who is ASU's school record holder in the 200y fly at 1:58.22, swam 1:59.89 to finish second in the consolation final and tenth overall. Arizona's Erin Vogt won the consolation final in 1:58.68, while Stanford's Misty Hyman was the overall winner in 1:53.63.

The only other ASU swimmer to qualify for a consolation final Saturday was junior Riley Mants in the 200y breaststroke. After swimming 2:14.92 in the preliminary, Mants faded to 2:15.20 in the final to finish 15th overall. Arizona's Amanda Beard swam 2:09.09 to earn the event title.

Sophomore Claire Hedenskog was also in action for the Sun Devils, Saturday. In the preliminaries of the 100y freestyle, Hedenskog clocked in at 50.79 in a tie for 38th-place.

This concludes the 2001 collegiate season for the Sun Devil women. Next week, however, six Sun Devils will compete in the men's NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas, March 22-24.

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