Jan. 23, 2008
The Arizona State swimming and diving teams travel to the Bay Area this weekend for two Pac-10 duals. The Sun Devils compete against Stanford on Friday January 25 then take on California the following day.
Nuess and Andrew Named Pac-10 Swimmers of the Month
Swimmers Caitlin Andrew and CJ Nuess were named Pac-10 Swimmers of the Month for the month of December. Both were awarded the monthly honor for their record-shattering performances at the Texas Invitational. This is the second monthly honor for both Andrew and Nuess.
Benedetti Earns Second Pac-10 Diver of the Month of the Year
Diver Micky Benedetti earned his second Pac-10 Diver of the month of the year and his fourth all time for his performance at the Ohio State Invitational. He won his second-consecutive one-meter title at the invitational.
Fastest in the Nation:
With their NCAA automatic qualifying times and ASU record-setting marks, CJ Nuess and the women's 200 free relay team of Caitlin Andrew, Jen Beckberger, Jess Perazzo and Lindsey Brown currently hold the nation's top collegiate times this season. CJ Nuess won the 400 IM at the Texas Invite with a time of 3:44.51. The women's 200 free relay upset last year's NCAA Champions, Arizona, to win the event with the nation's fastest time of 1:29.87.
Rewriting the Record Books:
This season, the Sun Devils have completely altered ASU's all-time lists. Four school records have been broken. The relay team of Andrew, Beckberger, Perazzo and Brown set two new school records in the 200 free relay (1:29.87) and 400 free relay (3:15.96). After clocking in a time of 1:56.77, Andrew also set a new standard for ASU in the 200 back. Andrew also currently holds ASU's records in the 50 free (22.39), 100 free (48.50), 100 back (53.68) and 100 fly (52.02). Nuess broke the 400 IM record. The new bar is now set at 3:44.51.
Other athletes to put their name in ASU's record books include:
Women: Caitlin Andrew (first in 200 back, 1:56.77), Ashton Aubry (third in 100 fly, 53.42; third in 200 fly, 1:59.96), Jen Beckberger (second in 50 free, 22.64; third in 100 free, 49.25; third in 200 free; 1:47.58), Lindsey Brown (10th in 50 free, 23.34; eighth in 100 free, 50.38), Ashley Evans (fourth in 200 IM, 2:00.95), Jamie Martinez (eighth in 100 back, 56.25; 10th in 100 fly, 55.57), Jess Perazzo (fourth in 50 free, 22.74; second in 100 free, 49.01)
Men: Ante Cvitkovic (seventh in 100 back, 48.69; fifth in 200 back, 1:46.09), Sean Boyle (ninth in 100 fly, 48.21; sixth in 200 fly, 1:47.32) John Dwelley (sixth in 100 fly, 47.97) CJ Nuess (seventh in 500 free, 4:20.81; third in 1650 free, 15:01.63; second in 200 breast, 1:58.93; eighth in 200 fly, 1:47.79; fourth in 200 IM, 1:47.63; first in 400 IM, 3:44.51).
Women's Relay Teams: 200 Free Relay (Andrew, Beckberger, Brown, Perazzo), first, 1:29.87; 400 free relay (Andrew, Beckberger, Brown, Perazzo), first, 3:15.96; 200 medley (Beckberger, Sara McDaniel, Andrew, Perazzo) fifth, 1:41.06
Mohammad Madwa to Represent Kuwait at 2008 Olympics:
Arizona State junior swimmer Mohammad Madwa is the first swimmer in Kuwait History to qualify for the Olympic Games. Madwa qualified for the games after swimming in the Asian Age Group Championships in Jakarta, Indonesia. He won both the 50 and 100 free with times of 23.02 and 51.16 respectively. He finished under the Olympic B cut of 23.12 with a time of 23.02 to qualify him for the Olympic Games.