On senior recognition day in Tempe, the Sun Devils garnered 60 top-3 finishes in a men’s and women’s sweep of the University of Arizona.
The Wildcats had 32 swimmers finish in the top-3.
In Arizona State’s biggest win since at least 1998, as far back as the school’s dual meet records go, the Sun Devil women defeated the Wildcats 181-103; the men 202-92.
That’s a combined margin of nearly 200 points for ASU.
Junior freestyler Emma Nordin picked up her second straight back-to-back win in the 1000 and 200 freestyle. She won both against Texas the previous weekend, and with only 10 minutes to rest, did the same Saturday afternoon.
Nordin swam a perfect meet, winning all four of her races: the 200, 500 and 1000 freestyles; and anchored the winning 400 freestyle relay.
The reason behind ASU’s dominance partly comes from the team’s decision to suit up for the meet- while UArizona wore practice suits, the Sun Devils wore tech suits on Saturday.
“I assumed they knew that we would,” Coach Bob Bowman said of UArizona’s decision not to suit up. “Usually we do. Everybody has a way they want to do it. And you have to respect the way each team wants to progress through the season.”
Freshman butterflyer Lindsay Looney was the star of Saturday’s dual meet, finishing 4-for-4 in first-place finishes and setting the school record in the 200 yard butterfly.
SCHOOL RECORD Freshman Lindsay Looney swims the fastest 200yd Butterfly in Sun Devil history at 1:55.39— Sun Devil Swim/Dive (@ASUSwimDive) February 8, 2020
“I didn’t even realize it was a school record until after the race. I looked at my time and then I looked at the record board,” Looney jested. “I’m really stoked that I was able to do that.”
Her time of 1:55.39 eclipsed her previous best, set at the NC State Midseason Invite, by more than a full second.
“She can get a lot faster than that,” Bowman said of Looney. “I think that’s good swim, but she can definitely be better than that.”
Three ASU women swam perfect meets in addition to Nordin and Looney; junior Camryn Curry and seniors Chloe Isleta and Silja Kansakoski were all immaculate on Saturday.
Sophomore Liam Bresette surprised many with wins in the 500 freestyle and 200 individual medley, adding a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle behind classmate Cody Bybee.
Bresette notched NCAA ‘B’ cuts in the 200 and 500 freestyles for the first time this season. His 1:35.10 in the 200 was 3.6-seconds faster than last week’s race against Texas, and became his new personal best time.
DOWN GO THE CATS @ASUSwimDive DOMINATES Arizona with their largest margin of victory in the rivalry by both the men and the women since 1998! pic.twitter.com/Ich4xnMSJ6— Arizona State Sun Devils (@TheSunDevils) February 8, 2020
“As far as winning it? I did not see that,” Bresette said. “I just knew that I had to take each of my races out, bring it home strong, score some points for the team and beat U of A.”
Saturday’s meet marked the conclusion of both teams’ regular season. Slated next is Federal Way, Washington for the Pac-12 Swimming and Diving National Championships.