Laning Sees Second Consecutive Top-15 Finish on Day 3 of NCAA Championships
ATLANTA – For the second consecutive evening at the McAuley Aquatic Center, Erica Laning added a top-15 finish, this time going 1:45.51 in the 200 free final to place 15th on Day 3 of the NCAA Championships.
Laning qualified for the evening finals session after roaring to a personal-best 1:44.38 in the morning preliminaries.
On Thursday evening, Laning placed 13th in the 500 free (4:38.90), a spot ahead of teammate Emma Nordin. In her first crack at the NCAA Championships, Laning has authored two impressive showings in the finals on back-to-back days.
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Though the Virginia Cavaliers have a firm grip in the overall team standings, the Sun Devils are still vying for their second consecutive top-20 finish nationally. The redshirt senior Laning picked up a pair of pivotal points for the Sun Devils on Friday.
TEAM STANDINGS AFTER EVENT 12 (WILL BE UPDATED THROUGH DAY 3)
1. Virginia 315.5
20. Miami (Florida) 27
21. Duke 26
22. Missouri 24
23. Minnesota 23
24. Arizona St 21
25. Arizona 16
Laning was the only Sun Devil to make it out of the preliminaries, as she was joined alongside Lindsay Looney and Emma Nordin in the 200 free. Jade Foelske was the lone representative in the 100 fly.
Looney missed the cut by nearly a second (1:45.79). Nordin was just behind at 1:46.91.
Though Foelske didn't qualify for the 100 fly final, her time of 53.16 in the preliminary is tied for the 10th best time in program history, a mark she set at the Pac-12 Championships in late February.
The Sun Devils have some chipping away to do in order to secure a top-20 finish in Atlanta, but they have the weapons to do so on Day 4. Laning and Nordin will race in the 1650 free, an event that Nordin owns the third-fastest time in the nation (15:47.15).
Looney and Foelske will each take part in the 200 fly. The two have posted two of the top-16 times in the country in that event this year.
Keep up with the Sun Devils final day at the NCAA Championships via the team's Twitter account, @ASUSwimDive.
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