Florencia Szigeti Wins Pac-10 Title In 200 Freestyle

Feb. 27, 2004

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Florencia Szigeti's outstanding season for the women's swimming team continued on Friday night as she claimed a Pac-10 title in the 200 freestyle at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool. The junior All-American bettered her school record she set only hours earlier in the morning prelims by touching the wall in 1:46.46 to win the race by over a half a second.

Szigeti's first conference crown came after she clocked a 1:47.14 in the prelims to come into the evening as the No. 3 seed. The Argentine found herself in fifth at the 100m mark, but a dazzling final 100 powered her past the field to give the Sun Devils their first women's swimming conference title since �gnes Kov�cs' league crown in the 200 breaststroke in 2002.

Senior Petra Banovic placed sixth in the 200 free with a season-best time of 1:47.99. Other Sun Devils in the 200 free included Amanda Gillespie (1:49.27) in 11th and Sandra Steffensen (1:51.26) in 21st.

Kov�cs turned in a great performance in the 100 breaststroke in a showdown between two of the top breaststrokers in the world. The junior All-American touched the wall in a season-best 1:00.56 to finish second behind Stanford's Tara Kirk. Also competing in the breaststroke for ASU were Christine Creek (1:04.42) in 15th and Courtney Caples (1:06.12) in 22nd.

In the night's opening event, the Sun Devils' Cara DeVinny placed eighth in the 400 IM in a personal best time of 4:17.79, a NCAA consideration time. Melissa Bartlett (4:22.81) placed 18th and Brianna Patterson finished 22nd (4:24.57) as the other ASU swimmers in the event.

Other Sun Devils competing on the night were Florence Mauro (55.88-12th) and Sarah Fischer (56.03-13th) in the 100 butterfly, and Erin Baldinger (55.93-11th) and Carissa Abe (58.11-16th) in the 100 backstroke.

The 400 medley relay of Baldinger, Kov�cs, Gillespie and Szigeti earned NCAA consideration with a fifth place finish and a time of 3:40.78.

The teams stands in fifth place with one day remaining on the schedule. The team scores are as follows:

Team Scores After Day 31          Stanford           952.52          UCLA              8443          Arizona            8214          California          7405          Arizona State    6426          USC                5017          Washington      3008          Oregon State    264.59          Washington St.196
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