On the third day of NCAAs, the Sun Devils sent two swimmers to finals, out of four (plus a relay) qualifying for prelims.
Junior Cierra Runge competed in the 200 freestyle, chasing a personal-best time set in December of 2016. She swam a 1:43.74, a season best time, for the 10th seed in the finals Friday afternoon. In the finals, she added just .02 seconds to her prelim time, securing All-American honorable mention honors as well as another ASU all-time top-10 time.
Junior Silja Kansoski followed in the event she won at Pac-12s: the 100 breaststoke. The field was stacked, featuring a senior from Indiana University, Olympic gold medalist Lilly King. Kansakoski swam her way into the B-final, and swam it in 59.43, about .3 seconds away from her all-time best. Her 13th-place finish secured an All-American honorable mention for the third-straight year.
SIlja races to a fifth place finish in the consolation with a time of 59.43!— Sun Devil Swim/Dive (@ASUSwimDive) March 22, 2019
She scores four points to total 35 for ASU! pic.twitter.com/KKu0b2UwMC
In her second event of the week, sophomore Frida Kaellgren competed in the 3-meter diving, placing 41st with a score of 252.40 points. Following the trend set by swimmers, Kaellgren notched a lifetime best in the event.
With only one more day in Austin, the Sun Devils find themselves at 21st place, with 35 points totaled thus far. ASU qualified swimmers for the prelims of the 1650 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 breastroke and the 400 freestyle relay.