Sun Devils Place 11th in 800 Free Relay on Day 1 of NCAA Championships
ATLANTA – On Day 1 of the NCAA Women's Swimming Championships, the Sun Devils placed 11th in the 800 free relay, as Erica Laning, Emma Nordin, Lindsay Looney and Erin Milligan teamed up to go 6:59.71.
It's a new personal-best for the foursome and just the third time in school history the Sun Devils have gone sub-7:00.00 in the event.
The first of four days at the McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Georgia, featured just two events – the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay. The Sun Devils competed in just the latter event and collected 12 points.
The foursome of Laning, Nordin, Looney and Milligan broke their personal-best of 7:03.49 in the 800 free relay, which they set in late February with a third-place finish in the event at the Pac-12 Championships.
After officially kicking off their first NCAA Championships since 2019, the Sun Devils are still fixated on attaining their best finish in the Bob Bowman era while on the East Coast this week.
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
The competition will ramp up beginning Thursday, when preliminaries for the 500 free, 200 IM and 50 free will begin at 10 a.m. EST/7 a.m. MST. Laning and Nordin will compete in the 500 free, while Foelske will race in the 200 IM.
The finals for the three events, plus the 200 free relay, will begin at 3 p.m. MST.
Stay up to date with the Sun Devils in Atlanta via the team's Twitter account, @ ASUSwimDive, where updates and nightly recaps will be posted.