Men Sweep Missouri, Georgia; Women Fall Despite Late Push
ATHENS, Ga. – Led by the efforts of Léon Marchand and Grant House, the Sun Devil Men's team picked up a pair of wins against Georgia and Missouri on Saturday at the Gabrielsen Natatorium to improve to 2-1.
The Women's squad, despite a late push that saw wins in consecutive events, fell to both the Bulldogs and Tigers.
ASU 155.5, Georgia 145.5
ASU 191, Missouri 109
Georgia 203, ASU 90
Missouri 164.5, ASU 133.5
— Bob Bowman (@coach_bowman) October 1, 2022
Marchand won each of the three individual events he raced in, capturing the 200 fly (1:43.21), 200 breast (1:57.67) and 200 IM (1:44.32). He was also the final member of the winning 400 free relay team alongside House, Patrick Sammon and Jack Dolan, that closed out the meet with a win (2:52.89).
House also tallied four victories – winning both a pair of individual races and relays. He triumphed in the 100 free (43.91) and 200 free (1:34.54), plus the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay.
YOUNG TALENT SHINES
After the first weekend of the season, a handful of underclassmen have cemented themselves as pivotal pieces of the Sun Devils' success. Freshman Ieva Maluka is one of them, as she added a second-place finish in the 200 free (1:49.37) and a third-place finish in the 100 free (50.88). She closed the meet out with a win in the 400 free relay with Lindsay Looney, Erin Milligan and Charli Brown (3:24.78).
Sophomore Emma Gehlert won the 200 IM (2:04.24) and placed second in both the 200 breast (2:14.86) and 100 breast (1:02.81).
Cale Martter trailed only Marchand in the 200 breast (2:00.86), Owen McDonald was the runner-up in the 200 IM (1:46.90) and Andy Dobrzanski had a fourth-place effort in the 100 breast (56.20).
Savvy veterans Jade Foelske and Lindsay Looney went step-for-step with each other once more in the fly events. The pair finished in the top-three in the 200 fly – Foelske in second, Looney in third. Foelske also took second in the 100 fly (54.81) and 200 IM (2:04.38).
Gehlert, Foelske and freshman Zoe Summar rounded out the top-three in the 200 IM.
In the diving portion of the meet, Zachory Lundgren added his first win of his Sun Devil career, scoring 302.65 to win the 1-meter. Lundgren and Thomas Wesche each placed in the top-five in the 3-meter.
Amayah Wiley, the lone diver representing the Women's team, added a pair of sixth-place finishes in the 1-meter and 3-meter.
After a busy weekend in Athens, the Sun Devils will return to Tempe before they welcome the Wisconsin Badgers for their home opener on Saturday, October 22 at 11 a.m. MST.