Men's Swimming Captures 14th At NCAA Championships

March 24, 2001

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- En route to a 14th-place overall finish, Arizona State's 400-yard freestyle relay team scored points with an eight-place finish in the final event of the NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships, Saturday at Rec Center Natatorium in College Station, Texas.

Clocking in at 2:56.02, the Sun Devil team of freshman Nick Brunelli, senior Scott VonSchoff, junior Simon MacDonald and sophomore Anders Lyrbring came in slower than their preliminary time of 2:55.26, which was the fourth-best effort in ASU history.

With a three-day total of 79 points, ASU earned its second best NCAA finish in three years, finishing three points shy of 13th-place Virginia and one point ahead of 15th-place Georgia. Texas ran away with the team title, scoring 597.5 points, with Stanford's score of 457.5 finishing a distant second. Tennessee rounded out the top-three with a total score of 330.5.

In Saturday's preliminary action, VonSchoff fell one spot short of qualifying for the consolation final with a 17th-place finish in the 100y free. VonSchoff's time of 43.92 was one-tenth of a second off a two-way tie for 15th, and two-tenths shy of his personal best.

Also swimming in the 100y free, Brunelli improved his career best with a 44.48 showing that placed 33rd, while Lyrbring was 47th in 44.81 and Bo West swam 45.10 for 53rd.

Over in the diving pool, senior Marc Briggs wrapped up his NCAA career from the platform where his 438.60 points placed him 16th.

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