Five Sun Devils to Represent Women’s Swim at NCAA Championships
TEMPE, Ariz. – Five Sun Devils are soon to compete at the biggest stage in the sport this week at the NCAA Women's Swimming Championships at the McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Georgia, from March 16-19.
Fifth-year seniors Erica Laning and Emma Nordin, redshirt sophomores Jade Foelske and Lindsay Looney and redshirt freshman Erin Milligan will represent the Sun Devils at the team's first national championships since 2019.
Laning and Nordin will race in the 200 free, 500 free and 1650 free. Foelske will partake in the 100 & 200 fly and the 200 IM and Looney the 200 fly, 200 free and 400 IM. Milligan will race in the 800 free relay, joined by Laning, Nordin and Looney.
Fans can tune into the action each day via the ESPN-3 broadcast, or follow along with live results.
Similar to the recent Pac-12 Championships, the four-day meet will commence on Wednesday (March 16) with the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay, slated to begin at 6:00 p.m. EST/3:00 p.m. MST.
For Thursday through Saturday, preliminary races for various events will be held in the morning and an afternoon finals session will follow.
A full schedule of events can be found here.
Though just five will compete this week, the Sun Devils are poised for a strong showing. Nordin owns the second–fastest time in the nation this year in the 500 free (4:34.87) and Laning isn't far behind at No. 10 (4:38.80), the time that saw her capture a Pac-12 Championship in this event two weeks ago.
Nordin also has the third-fastest time in the 1650 free (15:47.15) and the 11th in the 200 free (1:43.76).
Looney, the ASU record-holder in the 200 fly, has the 14th fastest time in the event (1:54.26) and Foelske has the country's 16th best mark (1:54.50). Both have gone step-for-step with one another all year long – the two of them make up the top-10 times in program history in the 200 fly – and will certainly continue that trend in Atlanta.
The 800 free relay group is coming off a third-place finish at the Pac-12 Championships at 7:03.49, the fifth-fastest time in school history, to earn an invitation to NCAAs.
Since head coach Bob Bowman's arrival in April 2015, the Sun Devils have continuously improved at NCAAs. A top-20 finish this week would be the team's best showing in the Bowman era, and the highest since 2012 (12th).
SUN DEVIL WOMEN'S SWIMMING POSTSEASON FINISHES UNDER BOWMAN (PAC-12/NCAA)
2021: DNC (entire program redshirted due to COVID-19)
2020: 5th/No NCAA due to COVID-19
Stay up to date with the Sun Devils in Atlanta via the team's Twitter account, @ASUSwimDive.