Sun Devil Swimming & Diving Host UNLV, NAU On Friday
Oct. 23, 2002
The Arizona State Swimming and Diving squad will host UNLV and Northern Arizona on Friday, October 25, at 1:00 p.m at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center. The men will face UNLV while the women match up against both UNLV and NAU. For the swimming teams, this marks the first dual meet competition of the season. The women finished last season with a 10th-place finish at the NCAAs and the men finished 14th.
Rankings have not yet been released for the 2002-03 season by the CSCAA.
Diving Already In Action
The women's diving squad got their season officially underway on October 12th by winning a dual against New Mexico 12-7. Sophomore transfer Trisha Tumlinson got her Sun Devil career off to a good start by finishing first against the Lobos with a score of 319.50 in the single-diving event. The upcoming meet on Friday provides the men's divers with the first opportunity for intercollegiate competition this year.
ASU vs. UNLV
The Sun Devils will face the Rebels after last matching up on October 27, 2000 at Mona Plummer Aquatic Center. The men came away victorious 163-80 while the women cruised to a score of 177-60 on the strength of winning 11 of 13 events.
ASU vs. NAU
ASU last matched up with NAU on February 3 of last season at Mona Plummer where the Sun Devil women scored a 150-91 victory. The Sun Devils finished first in 11 of 13 events. The ASU and NAU women have competed annually since the 1992-93 season with ASU being 10-0 in the series.
Kovï¿½cs Off To Strong Start
Although the competition for swimming has only been two intrasquad meets thus far this season, sophomore ï¿½gnes Kovï¿½cs has already clocked two NCAA 'B' qualifying times during the young campaign. She recorded a 1:03.06 in the 100 breast and a 2:16.80 in the 200 breast to get her season off to a quick start after a second-place finish at last year's NCAAs in the 200 breast and a Pac-10 Championship in that same event.
ASU, This Season In The Pool
Aside from the women's diving dual with New Mexico, the only competition seen by the Devils so far this year has been at the Maroon and Gold Intrasquad and the annual ASU Intrasquad Pentathlon. Making his regular season debut for the men will be freshman David Kolozar who earned three first-place finishes during the intrasquad competitions. He comes off a summer that saw him finish fifth at the European Championships in the 200m fly and was Junior European Champion in 1999. The men are returning five All-Americans to this year's squad. The women's squad is anticipating the regular season debut of freshman Kathryn Hennessy, who earned two first-place finishes during the intrasquad competitions. Also appearing as Sun Devils for the first time will be transfers Petra Banovic and Courtney Caples, who finished second and third, respectively, at the ASU Pentathlon. The women are returning six All-Americans for the 2002-03 season.
Up Next For The Sun Devils
Next weekend, the Sun Devils will be in full swing as they travel to Tucson on November 1 and 2 to compete against Wisconsin, top-20 finishers at last season's NCAAs on both the men's and women's sides. The men return home on Sunday, November 3 to face Auburn in a swimming-only event. The Tigers are coming off a season where they finished third at the NCAA Championships.