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Laning, Nordin Finish Top-15 in 500 Free on Day 2 of NCAA Championships

Mar 17, 2022

ATLANTA – In the final 500 free of their Sun Devil careers, Erica Laning and Emma Nordin each earned top-15 finishes on Day 2 of the NCAA Championships at the McAuley Aquatic Center.

Laning placed 13th with a time of 4:38.90, shedding nearly two seconds off her mark in the preliminaries this morning (4:40.70). Nordin was close behind, coming in at 14th place with a time of 4:39.17.

The two teamed up to earn seven points for the Sun Devils on Thursday evening.

It is fitting that Laning and Nordin, both redshirt seniors, concluded their final 500 free races of their Sun Devil careers alongside each other. Both have made an indelible mark on the program, both are Pac-12 Champions and both are putting the final touches on their collegiate careers with a top-15 finish on the national stage.

Thursday also marked a personal-best finish for Nordin in the 500 free at the NCAA Championships. At her last time competing in this event at NCAAs in 2019, Nordin placed 17th in prelims and missed the cut for the finals.

The Sun Devils didn't have any participants in the remaining final events, which included the 200 IM, 50 free and 200 free relay.

On Thursday morning, Laning and Nordin took care of business in the preliminaries of the 500 free to ensure a top-15 finish was possible. Laning went 4:40.70 (14th) and Nordin was a spot behind at 4:40.78.

Jade Foelske was the other Sun Devil to compete on Thursday, as she raced in the preliminaries of the 200 IM. Foelske, whose hometown of Brookhaven, Georgia, is roughly 10 miles from the McAuley Aquatic Center, went 1:59.59, which missed the cut for the finals.

Friday will feature another action-packed day, with preliminaries slated to begin at 7 a.m. MST. Fans can continue to tune into the action via the ESPN 3 Live Stream or follow along with live results. Here's what to look out for on Day 3 in Atlanta.

400 IM – Lindsay Looney
100 fly – Jade Foelske
200 free – Emma Nordin, Erica Laning, Lindsay Looney

Keep up with the Sun Devils all week in Atlanta via the team's Twitter account as they search for their highest finish at NCAAs in the Bob Bowman era.

2022: 6th/TBD
2021: DNC (entire program redshirted due to COVID-19)
2020: 5th/No NCAA due to COVID-19
2019: 4th/20th
2018: 3rd/23rd
2017: 6th/29th
2016: 8th/31st