The Sun Devil women picked up three school records Thursday and are locked in at third place in the conference through the second day of the meet.
Adding to the points the swimmers have garnered were, as usual, the divers. Sophomore Ashley McCool finished eighth in the 1-meter final, with a 240.95 diving score. Sophomore Frida Kaellgren missed out on finals by one place in preliminaries joined by sophomore Sarah Bathe in a 14th-place finish.
In the 500 freestyle finals, sophomores Caitlyn Wilson and Erica Laning placed 18th and 16th, junior Kendall Dawson dropped over three seconds from her prelims time to take 13th. The stars of the show, however, were sophomore Emma Nordin and junior Cierra Runge.
Nordin took a fifth place finish, at 4:37.68, dropping just under seven seconds from the NCAA ‘B’ cut time she posted at the Indiana Invitational. There’s only three spots on the Pac-12 podiums instead of the traditional eight, but Runge mounted the third place podium after notching an NCAA ‘A’ cut with a 4:35.13 finish. The time is her best since she swam for Wisconsin in 2016.
Runge’s finish was also the fourth fastest time in the NCAA for this season, joining an elite group of five other women to have an ‘A’ cut in the 500 freestyle thus far.
The 200 individual medley finals saw junior Chloe Isleta’s 1:58.48, 12th place, finish. Senior Marlies Ross finished 19th; and junior Nora Deleske 22nd.
Senior Fanny Teijonsalo swam her fastest 50 freestyle time since transferring from Florida Gulf Coast University, she finished at 22.29 for eighth place and an NCAA ‘B’ cut. Sophomore Camryn Curry was the lone other Sun Devil to join her in the 50 freestyle finals, swimming a 22.65 15th place finish.
The 200 freestyle relay missed out on a school record by .06 seconds, and the NCAA ‘B’ cut by .05 seconds. Fanny Teijonsalo, Camryn Curry, Erica Laning and Cierra Runge all swam sub-23 times to combine for a 5th place finish. Laning has not been a typical member of the 200 freestyle relay, although the decision paid off– the distance swimmer scored a lifetime best 22.93 second finish.
In more men’s diving action, graduate student David Hoffer finished third in the 3-meter dive, with junior Youssef Selim in fourth. With a week to go before the men swim, ASU is already in second place, behind Stanford as a result of points accumulated through diving.
Friday marks the third and penultimate day of the meet in Federal Way, with the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 400 medley relay and women’s 3-meter diving.