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Sun Devil Women’s Swim Places Sixth at Pacs; Lundgren Finishes Seventh in Platform

Feb 26, 2022

SEATTLE – The Sun Devil Women's Swim team concluded its first Pac-12 Championships in two years with a sixth-place finish on Saturday night at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, after Emma Nordin podiumed in the 1650 free and Lindsay Looney and Jade Foelske added top-five finishes in the 200 fly.

In the finale of the conference championship, the Sun Devils had five who finished in the top-10 in various events.

1. Stanford University                    1671.5   
2. University of California- Berk     1400.5
3. University of Southern Calif       1373.5  
4. UC Los Angeles                            898
5. University of Arizona                   750.5   
6. Arizona State University           669
7. Utah, University of                       608   
8. Washington State University       372

In the 200 fly, in which Looney (1:54.26) and Foelske (1:54.50) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, they did so with the second-and-third fastest times in Sun Devil program history. The performance saw Foelske earn a new personal-best time.

Nordin and Erica Laning, the winner of the 500 free on Thursday night, finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 1650 free. Nordin, the school's record-holder in the event, finished at 16:11.20. Laning clocked in at 16:11.32, securing a fifth top-five finish throughout the week.

Nora Deleske placed eighth in the 200 breast (2:12.45), marking the fourth career top-10 finish at the conference championships for the Huntington Beach native.

Ruby Martin won the C final of the 200 fly with a season-best time of 2:01.27. Martin was one of several Sun Devils who eclipsed season-or-personal-best times on Saturday night in Seattle.

Charli Brown, 200 back (1:57.74)*
Erin Milligan, 100 free (49.30)*
Jade Foelske, 200 fly (1:54.50)*
Ruby Martin, 200 fly (2:01.27)

In the 400 free relay, the final event of the competition, the foursome of Erin Milligan, Lindsay Looney, Molly Batchelor and Erica Laning placed fourth (3:16.60), now the fifth-fastest time in program history.

In Tucson, the Sun Devils saved their best for their last, as Zachory Lundgren qualified for the finals in the platform dive.

In the morning, Lundgren tallied 286.40 through six preliminary dives, good for seventh place and a spot in the afternoon finals session. In the finals, against the remaining seven divers, Lundgren went 274.95 to secure a seventh-place finish.

Wesche had his finest day, as well, scoring 210.40 on platform in the preliminary sessions. Despite not qualifying for the finals, Briggs was pleased with the progress Wesche displayed.

"Our men rebounded strongly on their final day of competition on platform," head diving coach Marc Briggs said. "I'm proud of how Tom finished off his first PAC's with a consistent list of dives earning 12th place.

"Zach got the job done on platform – his strongest event. He was steady in the prelims securing a spot in the finals. His finals performance was again steady earning him a 7th place at his first PAC-12 Championships."

The Sun Devils would send more to the A finals on Saturday than they had in any of the previous preliminary sessions.

Nora Deleske finished eighth in the 200 breast at 2:12.54 and in the 200 fly, it was the one-two punch of Lindsay Looney (1:55.43) and Jade Foelske (1:56.27) who each finished within the top-eight.

In their first crack at the Pac-12 Championships, Charli Brown, Erin Milligan, Emma Gehlert and Iza Adame all qualified for B or C finals, a testament to the Sun Devils' youth movement this season.

Though that'll do it for Women's swim and Men's dive in their respective conference postseason tournaments, all eyes will shift toward to the No. 7 Sun Devil Men's swim team, which is set to compete at the Pac-12 Men's Swimming Championships from March 2-5 at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.

To stay up to date with the action, follow the team's Twitter account, @ ASUSwimDive.