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No. 10 Women's Swimming & Diving Competes At Pac-10 Championships, Thursday-Saturday
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Release: 02/26/2002
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Feb. 26, 2002

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This Week
Albeit from different locations, Arizona State's 10th-ranked women's swimming and diving team will compete in the 2002 Pac-10 Championships, Thursday, February 28 through Saturday, March 2. The swimming portion of the meet is being held in Long Beach, Calif., while both the men's and women's diving championships will be held in Tucson, Ariz. The women's swimming and diving team finished the dual season with a 6-4 overall record, 3-3 vs. Pac-10 opponents. ASU's losses were all to national top-10 teams, Stanford, California, Texas and Arizona. In addition to its win over Washington, the Sun Devil women swept UCLA and USC for the first time since 1992.

The Polls
The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) releases national rankings on a bi-weekly basis. Having debuted at No. 13 in the polls (Nov. 1), in the Jan. 31 rankings the women dropped from seventh to 10th. A final dual season poll was set to be released Feb. 21, but has not been posted. A complete list of the Jan. 31 rankings appears on Page 2 of this release. For more info, access www.cscaa.org.

The Field
The field for the Pac-10 Championships is as follows (based on Jan. 31 rankings): No. 1 Stanford, No. 4 California, No. 7 Arizona, No. 9 USC, No. 10 Arizona State, No. 11 UCLA and unranked Oregon State, Washington and Washington State (Oregon does not have a swimming and diving team).

Pac-10 Conference Championship Notes
While finishing no worse than 29th nationally over that span, Arizona State's women's swimming and diving team has come away from the Pac-10 Championships with sixth-place finishes each of the last six seasons. This year they hope to move up, but it won't be easy in the Conference of Champions. Over the past 10 seasons the Pac-10 has accounted for an average of 2.2 top-five NCAA finishes a year. Highlighting that average is Stanford, with six national crowns and three runner-up finishes over that span. Perhaps even more impressive, only twice over the last 10 seasons has the Pac-10 not claimed four of the top 10 spots at the NCAA Championships. This will be the 16th time ASU participates in the Pac-10 Championships. The last time ASU placed better than sixth in the conference meet was 1995, when the Sun Devils finished fourth. ASU's best all-time finish was second in 1994. It has never finished third. It has five fourth-place finishes and three fifth-place finishes.

ASU, Last Time In The Pool
For the eighth straight time, ASU's women's swimming and diving team fell to Arizona, losing 199-101, while the ASU men triumphed 171.5-128.5. Competing without standout ?gnes Kov?cs, the only Sun Devils to earn first-place finishes were swimmer Sarah Baham and diver Natalie Burgess. Baham won the 100 fly in 55.70 and placed runner-up in the 200 fly in 2:00.54. Burgess placed first in the 3-meter (294.45) and runner-up in the 1-meter (262.28) springboards. Both Baham and Burgess were among the seven seniors making their final home appearances for ASU women's swimming and diving.

Up Next For The Sun Devils
The ASU men's swimming team will compete in their 2002 Pac-10 Championships, March 7-9 in Long Beach, Calif. Qualifying ASU divers (men and women) will compete at the Zone E Diving Championships in Stanford, Calif., March 14-16. For those who qualify, the women's NCAA Championships (swimming and diving) are March 21-23 in College Station, Texas. The men's NCAA Championships (swimming and diving) are March 28-30 in Athens, Ga.

Stand-out Sun Devil Swimmers & Divers

Sarah Baham (All-American -- Senior) --
ASU's school record holder in both the 100 fly and 200 fly, ranked fifth in school history in the 50 free and seventh in the 400 IM ... picked up 14 individual first-place finishes over the 2001-02 dual season, 10 of them in the butterfly events ... in the 100 fly, dipped below the NCAA 'B' standard (56.17) eight times, including one automatic qualifying time and season best of 54.34, which placed her fourth at the Texas Invitational ... in the 200 fly, dipped below the NCAA 'B' standard (2:03.42) seven times, including one automatic qualifying time and season best of 1:58.84, which placed her fourth at the Texas Invitational ... in the 400 IM, earned an NCAA consideration time with her season-best 4:19.26 at the Texas Invitational, placing 10th ... other 2001-02 bests: 50 free 24.04, 100 free 51.19, 200 free 1:51.73, 500 free 5:07.38, 200 IM 2:09.32.
Pac-10 Championship Notes * Placed fourth in the 100 fly and 10th in the 200 fly at the 2001 Championships.
NCAA History * 2001: All-America: 100 fly (10th), 200 fly (10th), 200 medley relay (12th), 400 medley relay (8th). 2000: All-America: 100 fly (8th), 200 fly (10th), 400 medley relay (10th). 1999: All-America: 800 free relay (16th).
Top Collegiate Times (ASU rank) * 100 fly 53.68 (1st), 200 fly 1:58.22 (1st), 200 IM 2:04.93, 400 IM 4:19.26 (7th), 50 free 23.65 (7th), 100 free 51.19.

Natalie Burgess (Senior) --
ASU's school record holder in the 1-meter, 6-dive optionals and 3-meter, 6-dive ... finished 2001-02 with eight victories ... season best in the 1-meter optionals was 275.30 vs. Wisconsin ... also earned season best vs. Wisconsin in 3-meter with 339.10 total that approached her own school record ... swept springboard events against both California and Northern Arizona.
Pac-10 Championship Notes * Placed eighth in the 3-meter at the 2001 Championships.
NCAA History * None
Top Collegiate Scores (ASU rank) * 1-meter, 6-dive optionals 284.07 (1st), 3-meter, 6-dives 341.40 (1st), platform, 10 dives 340.00.

Claire Hedenskog (All-American -- Junior) --
Ranked second in school history in the 100 free and third in the 50 free ... in the 50 free, dipped below the NCAA 'B' qualifying standard (23.50) twice, both times at the Texas Invitational, where she placed seventh ... both prelim and finals times were career bests of 23.32 ... picked up her only individual victory vs. Hawaii ... in the 100 free, dipped below the NCAA 'B' qualifying standard (51.14) twice, both at the Texas Invitational, where she placed eighth ... earned her career best during prelims (50.32) ... only school record holder Nancy Osborne has raced faster for ASU in the 100 free (49.90, 1989). Sat out a few meets due to injury, but made her return vs. Cal.
Pac-10 Championship Notes * Placed 10th in the 100 free, 16th in 50 free and 24th in 200 free at the 2001 Championships.
NCAA History * 2001: All-America: 200 medley relay (12th), 400 medley relay (8th), 100 free qualifier.
Top Collegiate Times (ASU rank) * 50 free 23.32 (3rd), 100 free 50.32 (2nd), 200 free 1:50.27.

?gnes Kov?cs (Reigning Olympic and World 200m Breast Champion -- Freshman) --
School record holder in the 200 breast and 400 IM, ranked second in ASU history in the 100 breast and third in the 200 IM ... accumulated 25 first-place individual finishes in the 2001-02 season ... in the 100 breast swam under the NCAA 'B' standard (1:03.99) in all 11 races, including six times under the NCAA automatic qualifying standard (1:02.13) ... season-best was a 1:00.68 that placed her third at the Texas Invitational ... in the 200 breast, swam under the NCAA 'B' standard (2:18.35) in all 10 of her races, nine of those times beneath the NCAA automatic qualifying standard (2:14.33) ... season-best was a 2:07.98 that placed her first at the Texas Invitational, almost a full second ahead of her nearest competitor (Stanford's Tara Kirk: 2:08.84), and almost two seconds ahead of the previous ASU record (Beata Kaszuba's 2:09.71) ... later met up with Kirk (defending NCAA champ) in a dual meet vs. Stanford and defeated her in 2:10.40, believed to be the fastest dual meet 200 breast in NCAA history ... in the 200 IM swam under the NCAA 'B' standard (2:04.68) in all seven races ... her best of 2:01.27 placed fifth at the Texas Invitational ... in the 400 IM swam below the NCAA 'B' standard (4:24.73) in all six races, swimming beneath the NCAA automatic qualifying time (4:17.02) three times ... school-record best of 4:11.68 placed third at the Texas Invitational ... other bests include: 200 free 1:53.24, 1000 free 10:06.76.
Pac-10 Championship Notes * None.
NCAA History * None.
International History * 2000 Olympics: Gold medal 200m breast, fifth-place 100m breast. 1996 Olympics: Bronze medal 200m breast. 2001 World Championships: Gold medal 200m breast. 1998 World Championships: Gold medal 200m breast.
Top Collegiate Times (ASU rank) * 100 breast 1:00.68 (2nd), 200 breast 2:07.98 (1st), 200 IM 2:01.27 (3rd), 400 IM 4:11.68 (1st).

Riley Mants (All-American -- Senior) --
Ranked third in ASU history in the 100 breast and 200 breast, sixth in the 200 IM ... swimming behind Kov?cs in almost every meet, picked up only one dual win in the 2001-02 season ... in the 100 breast placed ninth at the Texas Invitational with a season best 1:03.74, her only time below the NCAA 'B' standard (1:03.99) ... in the 200 breast swam under the NCAA 'B' standard (2:18.35) six times ... placed sixth at the Texas Invitational ... season-best 2:16.53 came vs. Stanford, placing third behind Kov?cs and Kirk ... other 2001-02 bests: 50 free 25.35, 200 free 1:55.75, 200 IM 2:09.26, 200 back 2:21.23.
Pac-10 Championship Notes * Placed third in the 200 breast, fourth in the 100 breast and 10th in the 200 IM at the 2001 Championships.
NCAA History * 2001: All-America: 200 breast (15th), 200 medley relay (12th), 400 medley relay (8th). 2000: All-America: 400 medley relay (10th). 1999: All-America: 100 breast (11th), 200 breast (4th).
Top Collegiate Times (ASU rank) * 100 breast 1:02.44 (3rd), 200 breast 2:12.47 (3rd), 200 IM 2:02.95 (6th).

Florence Mauro (Sophomore) --
Fifth all-time at ASU in the 100 fly ... in the 100 fly, set personal best of 55.19 in the prelims of the Texas Invitational ... swam 55.82 in the finals to place eighth ... Texas Invite times were only efforts beneath NCAA 'B' standard (56.17) ... swimming behind teammate Sarah Baham most of the season, picked up only win vs. Washington ... in the 200 fly, set a personal best of 2:02.89 in the prelims of the Texas Invitational ... swam 2:04.99 in the finals to place 15th ... only win came vs. Wisconsin.
Pac-10 Championship Notes * Placed 19th in the 100 free and 21st in the 100 fly at the 2001 Championships.
NCAA History * None.
Top Collegiate Times (ASU rank) * 100 fly 55.19 (5th), 200 fly 2:02.89, 50 free 23.90, 200 free 1:52.40, 100 back 1:03.44.

Miranda Shald (All-American -- Sophomore) --
School record holder in the 100 back, sixth all-time in the 100 fly ... in the 100 back, swam below the NCAA 'B' standard (56.50) three times including best of 55.39 that placed sixth at the Texas Invitational ... improved her own school record to 55.11 with an opening split for the 400 medley relay team that placed fourth at the Texas Invite in an NCAA automatic qualifying time, and school record of 3:39.50 ... picked up three first-place finishes, including one vs. UCLA in 56.02 ... in the 200 back swam a collegiate best of 2:04.42 at the Texas Invitational to place 20th ... in the 100 fly, dipped below the NCAA 'B' standard (56.17) once, with a collegiate best 55.53 (sixth all-time at ASU) that placed 18th at the Texas Invitational.
Pac-10 Championship Notes * Placed 12th in the 100 back and 18th in the 100 fly at the 2001 Championships.
NCAA History * 2001: All-America: 200 medley relay (12th), 400 medley relay (8th), 100 back qualifier.
Top Collegiate Times (ASU rank) * 100 back ~55.11 (1st), 200 back 2:04.42, 100 fly 55.53 (6th), 50 free 25.37.

Amanda Stanford (Senior) --
Ranked seventh all-time at ASU in the 1650 free and ninth in the 500 and 1000 free ... in the 500 free, swam under the NCAA 'B' standard 4:55.31 three times, including career best 4:49.44 in the prelims of the Texas Invitational before placing eighth in finals ... picked up only win vs. Washington ... in the 1000 free earned four event wins including career-best 10:00.08 performance vs. UCLA ... in 1650 free, swam beneath NCAA 'B' standard (16:58.88) in both races, including career best 16:37.36 that placed sixth at the Texas Invitational ... other 2001-02 bests: 200 free 1:51.20, 200 back 2:09.64, 200 IM 2:19.83.
Pac-10 Championship Notes * Placed eighth in the 1650 free, 14th in the 200 free at the 2001 Championships.
NCAA History * None.
Top Collegiate Times (ASU rank) * 200 free 1:50.91, 500 free 4:49.44 (9th), 1000 free 10:00.80 (9th), 1650 free 16:37.36 (7th).

Florencia Szigeti (Freshman) --
Ranked sixth in ASU history in the 100 free and fifth in the 200 free ... in the 100 free, swam under the NCAA 'B' standard (51.14) four times, including season-best 50.68 vs. UCLA ... picked up three first-place finishes, one of them against USC ... in the 200 free, dipped below the NCAA 'B' standard (1:51.09) six times, with a best of 1:48.47 that placed her sixth at the Texas Invitational ... earned three dual victories, including a sweep of UCLA and USC ... in the 50 free clocked a best of 23.77 in the prelims of the Texas Invite ... other 2001-02 bests: 500 free 5:06.91, 100 back 1:00.21.
Pac-10 Championship Notes * None.
NCAA History * None.
International History * South American record holder in short-course 200-meter free 1:59.43 (1:47.00, converted), Argentine short-course record holder in 100m free 56.19 (50.34 converted).
Top Collegiate Times (ASU rank) * 50 free 23.77, 100 free 50.68 (6th), 200 free 1:48.47 (5th).

Brooke Townsend (Sophomore) --
School record holder in the 500 free, fourth all-time in the 1650 free ... in the 500 free swam below the NCAA 'B' standard (4:55.31) three times, including a pair of automatic times ... career best 4:45.09 clocked in the prelims of the Texas Invitational before placing fourth in finals ... earned three first-place finishes, including one vs. UCLA ... in the 1650 free earned one consideration time (16:58.84) and one automatic qualifier (16:23.93), the latter placing her second at the Texas Invite ... season-best in the 1000 free was a 10:04.18 vs. USC ... other 2001-02 bests: 200 free 1:50.18, 200 back 2:08.35.
Pac-10 Championship Notes * Placed fourth in the 500 free, sixth in the 1650 free and ninth in the 200 free at the 2001 Championships.
NCAA History * None.
Top Collegiate Times (ASU rank) * 200 free 1:50.14, 500 free 4:45.09 (1st), 1000 free 10:04.18, 1650 free 16:23.93 (4th).

Kari Wilcox (Freshman) --
Ranked ninth in school history in the 400 IM ... season-best 400 IM was her only NCAA consideration time (4:20.71) ... in the 200 IM earned a pair of times below the NCAA 'B' standard (2:04.68) including her season-best 2:03.82 at the Texas Invitational ... her two first-place finishes came in the 200 free and 200 back ... best 200 free time was a 1:52.59 in prelims of the Texas Invite ... best 200 back time was a 2:03.24, also in Texas Invite prelims ... other 2001-02 bests: 100 free 51.18, 500 free 5:11.90, 100 back 59.03.
Pac-10 Championship Notes * None.
NCAA History * None.
Top Collegiate Times (ASU rank) * 100 free 51.18, 200 free 1:52.59, 100 back 59.03, 200 back 2:03.24, 200 IM 2:03.82, 400 IM 4:20.71 (9th).

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