No. 7 Women's Swimming & Diving Falls At No. 6 Cal, 173-125

Jan. 25, 2002

BERKELEY, Calif. - Earning first-place points in only five of 16 events, Arizona State's seventh-ranked women's swimming and diving team (5-1) suffered its first loss of the season to No. 6 California (4-1), 173-125 at Spieker Aquatics Complex in Berkeley, Calif., Friday afternoon.

Senior diver Natalie Burgess led the Sun Devils, winning both springboard events. In the 1-meter, Burgess finished one-two with sophomore teammate Jennifer Stenson with respective scores of 251.11 and 243.225. In the 3-meter, Burgess' 291.60 won the event, while Stenson's 237.825 placed third.

ASU's other individual wins were picked up by freshman �gnes Kov�cs and senior Sarah Baham, both of whom hold multiple ASU records. Kov�cs cruised to a victory in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:12.12, nipping Cal's Stacianna Stitts at 2:12.45. But it was Stitts who came away victorious in the 100y breast, downing Kov�cs 1:01.51 to 1:02.65 and handing the Hungarian her first individual loss in collegiate dual competition.

Baham earned her win in the 200y butterfly in 2:00.59. She also swam a leg of the Sun Devils' 200y freestyle relay team, which competed unopposed and touched the wall in 1:36.00 to accumulate first-place points in the final event of the meet.

The Sun Devils' competition doesn't get any easier tomorrow when they meet No. 1 Stanford at the Avery Aquatics Center. The women's meet is scheduled to begin at noon, followed by the men at 2:00 p.m. PST.

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