Junior Silja Kansakoski took her second title in three years in the 100 breastroke, dethroning USC senior Riley Scott by a .15 second margin. The come-from-behind win was one of Kansakoski’s signature displays of closing speed: the Sun Devil trailed Scott by 0.20 at the turn, when Kansakoski split 15.35 and 15.81 on the latter half of the race to win in 59.12.
Junior Youssef Selim will take another first-place trophy back to Tempe after Friday’s platform finals. Graduate student David Hoffer joined Selim on the podium, with a third-place finish in the platform dive, scoring even more points for the ASU men’s team before the swimming championships on Wednesday.
In the 400 individual medley, junior Nora Deleske secured an eighth-place finish, setting a personal best by a full second. Senior Marlies Ross followed her in tenth place; junior Chloe Isleta in 13th in the ‘B’ final.
Senior Fanny Teijonalo improved on her NCAA ‘B’ cut time in the 100 butterfly, with an 11th place finish in the ‘B’ final of the event. Teijonsalo dropped nearly a half-second from her preliminary time set Friday morning.
ASU rung up 57 team points in the 200 freestyle, arguably the most dominant event for ASU this season across both squads. Junior Cierra Runge took 6th place in 1:44.29 in the ‘A’ final, improving upon her already-attained NCAA ‘B’ cut. In the ‘B’ final, sophomores Emma Nordin and Erica Laning swam personal bests to place 11th and 13th. In the ‘C’ final, junior Kendall Dawson placed 22nd.
The 100 backstroke saw only one Sun Devil in either the ‘A’ or ‘B’ final: sophomore Camryn Curry, placing 15th with a time of 53.84.
The Sun Devils completed the evening with a 3:34.76 swim in the 400 medley relay, placing fifth. Chloe Isleta split 53.93 in the backstroke, followed by Silja Kansakoski in 59.13 on the breaststroke leg. Fanny Teijonsalo swam the butterfly portion of the relay in 52.72, with Cierra Runge anchoring the relay with a 48.60 freestyle swim.
The Sun Devils close off a successful third day with a fifth-place finish in the 400 medley relay (two spots above their No. 7 seed)!— Sun Devil Swim/Dive (@ASUSwimDive) March 2, 2019
After day three, ASU sits in fourth place with a total of 644 points (and above that team from down south ). pic.twitter.com/uMMpbv0Kye
The action in Washington will conclude on Saturday, with the 1650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, and capped with the 400 freestyle relay. Women’s platform diving will also take place subsequently.