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No. 5 Sun Devil Men Topple No. 17 USC; Sun Devil Women Defeated by No. 8 Trojans

Nov 4, 2022

LOS ANGELES -- For the second consecutive meet, the No. 5 Sun Devil Men jumped their opponent right out of the gate.

After burying No. 20 Wisconsin early weeks ago at home, the Sun Devils used a similar recipe to down No. 17 USC, 185-115, on Friday afternoon at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. They won the first six events they raced in and snatched 11 of 14 total swimming events. Léon Marchand extended his unbeaten streak in individual events to begin the season, winning the 100 breast, 200 breast and 200 IM and is now a perfect 10-for-10 this year.

The Sun Devil Women were defeated by the No. 8 Trojans, 180-103, despite a pair of wins by Lindsay Looney and a trio of second-place efforts from Jade Foelske. Looney took both the 100 fly and 200 fly; Foelske was the runner-up in the 100 fly, 200 fly and 200 IM.

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES

  • Six events in and the Sun Devil Men had already built a comfortable advantage over a tough Trojan squad. They won the 200 medley relay, 1000 free, 200 free, 100 back, 100 breast and 200 fly. Five individual races won by five separate Sun Devils is a testament to the depth head coach Bob Bowman and his staff have built in Tempe.
  • Grant House won the 100 free and took second in both the 50 free and 200 IM. In this young season, House has already notched five individual wins.
  • The Sun Devils captured a season-best three of four relays on Friday afternoon, winning the Women's 400 free relay, Men's 400 free relay and the Men's 200 medley relay.
  • Emma Gehlert and Charli Brown are two Sun Devil sophomore who have emerged as critical pieces for the Women's squad. The pair continued their charge against the Trojans, as Gehlert was second in the 200 breast and third in the 200 IM, while Brown won the 200 IM, placed third in the 200 free and fourth in the 200 back.
  • The Sun Devil newcomers have raced at a torrid pace in the early parts of 2022. Freshman Ieva Maluka, along with winning the 400 free relay, took second in both the 100 back and 500 free. Backstroke specialist Jack Wadsworth earned a couple of third-place showings in both the 100 back and 200 back.
  • After spending his freshman season with the Trojans, sophomore Daniel Matheson returned to the Uytengsu Aquatics Center on Friday -- but this time while donning the Maroon & Gold. The Peoria, Arizona, native won the 1000 free for the first win of his ASU career. He was also second in the 500 free.

DIVING

  • Amayah Wiley was the Sun Devils' top-finisher in both the 1-meter (206.03) and 3-meter (253.43) , earning a fifth place in both.
  • Zachory Lundgren took fourth in the 1-meter (279.98) and 3-meter (298.05).
  • Newcomers Ashlyn Kirsch, Lane Stallworth and Caleb Liban competed on both boards, making their road debuts for the first time in their Sun Devil careers.

UP NEXT
The Sun Devils aren't done in Los Angeles just yet. They'll stick around for one more day so the Sun Devil Women can battle with the No. 20 UCLA Bruins on Saturday at 11 a.m. MST. A live stream and live results, if made available, will be shared with fans prior to the start of the meet.