Sun Devils Add Three Individual Top-10 Finishes on Day 3 of Pac-12 Championships
SEATTLE – Backed by three individual top-10 finishes, the Sun Devils closed the gap in the team standings on Day 3 of the Pac-12 Women's Swimming Championships to move to sixth overall with 439 points.
Erica Laning – who stole the show on Thursday with a win in the 500 free – added a fifth-place finish in the 200 free on Friday night at 1:44.67, a personal-best time for the Knoxville native.
Jade Foelske went 52.93 in the 100 fly, a personal-best time and the sixth-fastest mark in program history, to finish 10th overall. Lindsay Looney completed the 400 IM at 4:14.40, good for seventh-place. At the two conference championships Looney has competed in, she's now added four top-15 finishes between the 100 & 200 fly, the 500 free and the 400 IM.
The Sun Devils wrapped up Day 3 with the 400 medley relay, in which Charli Brown, Iza Adame, Jade Foelske and Erica Laning combined to go 3:37.13, the sixth-best time in the event.
TEAM STANDINGS THROUGH DAY 3
1. Stanford University 1221.5
2. University of Southern Calif 993.5
3. University of California- Berk 946.5
4. UC Los Angeles 657
5. University of Arizona 611.5
6. Arizona State University 439
7. University of Utah 432
8. Washington State University 262
In the Friday night finals session, the Sun Devils had a handful of swimmers eclipse their season-best times in various events.
Charli Brown, 400 IM (4:16.07)
Lizzy Spears, 400 IM (4:16.74)
Jade Foelske, 100 fly (52.93)*
Erica Laning, 200 free (1:44.67)*
Natalia Fryckowska, 100 breast (1:03.39)
Jane Brown, 100 back (54.99)
Katrina Marty, 100 back (54.92)
The Sun Devils had a solid showing in the morning preliminary session, guided by Looney and Laning, who qualified for A-cut finals in the 400 IM and 200 free, respectively.
Freshmen Charli Brown (400 IM, 4:16.48) and Iza Adame (100 breast, 1:00.55) both qualified for B-cut finals, a positive development for the future of the Sun Devil program while at their first conference championships.
Five swimmers qualified for B-cut finals for the evening session – on top of the two who clinched spots in A-cut races – which proved to be a pivotal point in helping the Sun Devils take hold of the sixth-spot in the team standings.
DIVING IN TUCSON
Down in Tucson for the Pac-12 Men's Diving Championships, Thomas Wesche and Zach Lundgren placed 14th and 15th, respectively, in the Friday 3-meter competition. Wesche scored 231.30; Lundgren tallied 209.30.
"It was a challenging day for our men on 3-meter," head coach Marc Briggs said. "We are looking to rebound strong on the platform for the final day of competition."
The Sun Devils will put a bow on their first diving conference championships in two years on Saturday afternoon at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center for the platform preliminary session, beginning at 11:30 a.m MST.
LOOKING AHEAD TO DAY 4 IN SEATTLE
The Sun Devils will have an action-packed final day of competition in Seattle on Saturday. It'll begin with preliminary sessions for the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast and 200 fly at 11:30 a.m. MST. Day 4 will also feature the 1650 free finals, an event that Emma Nordin currently owns the third best time in the nation (15:47.15), and the 400 free relay.
Finals for the events will begin at 6:30 p.m. MST.
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