Men's Swimming & Diving Stays In Fifth After Second Day Of Texas Invitational

Dec. 6, 2002

AUSTIN, Texas -- The 11th-ranked Arizona State men's swimming and diving squad remained in fifth place after the second day of the Texas Invitational at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center. Freshman diver Joona Puhakka once again grabbed a first-place finish, today in the 3 meter, 11 dive event (628.55), to continue his unbeaten run as a Sun Devil. Puhakka has won every diving event he has competed in this season.

Senior Christian Harcsas earned a fourth-place finish in the 100 back (48.58), recording his best time of the year and an NCAA 'B' time. The other event where the Sun Devils clocked an NCAA consideration time was in the 200 medley relay. Harcsas, Russell MacDonald, Ace Tate and Bobby Zaabadich finished fifth after a 1:29.52 effort.

Steve McDonald managed a top-eight finish in the 400 IM (3:59.16) after recording a 3:56.78 in the prelims, the best time by a Sun Devil this year. Russell MacDonald secured seventh in the 100 breast (55.96) and missed an NCAA 'B' time by four-hundredths of a second.

Men's Scores After the Second Day

1. Texas 504
2. California 451.50
3. Wisconsin 427
4. USC 391
5. Arizona State 336.50
6. Hawaii 225
7. Harvard 143
8. Arizona 129
9. Indiana 69
10. TCU 51
11. Florida 28
12. UC Santa Barbara 16

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