Nov. 4, 2009
The Arizona State University swimming and diving teams will host UNLV and Washington State in their home opener this Saturday, November 7 at 1 pm. The ASU women's team went 1-1 in their season-opening weekend in Utah while the men fell to 0-2.
Scouting the Competition
Washington State kicked off their season with a first place finish at the Debbie Pipher Memorial Invitational. The UNLV men's team went 2-0 in their first weekend in action while the women finished 0-2, dropping matches to both Utah and BYU.
There are a few new faces at the helm of the swimming program. Dorsey Tierney-Walker was named the Sun Devils head coach of both the men and women's swimming programs. Hailing from most-recently Auburn, Tierney-Walker has been a winner in every team she has been a part of and looks to return the Sun Devils to national prominence. Simon Percy remained on the Sun Devils staff and has been promoted to associate head coach. Tierney-Walker brought in two new coaches to Tempe. Demerae Christianson, a fine collegiate athlete who accumulated 15 All-American accolades while competing at Auburn, joins the staff after having served assistant coaching positions at Maryland and Louisville. The final member of the new coaching staff has some familiarity with ASU as he was a graduate assistant for the Sun Devils for two years before a three-year stint at Auburn.
Ashton Aubry and Jamie Martinez can look up at the record board this season and see their names on the list. Both seniors broke records at last year's Pac-10 Championships. Aubry passed Sarah Baham's seven-year standing standard in the 200 fly with a time of 1:56.14. Martinez crushed former ASU standout Caitlin Andrew's 200 back record by almost a second and set the new record at 1:55.78. Both Martinez and Aubry are also members of the ASU record-holding 400 medley relay, along with recent alum Jen Beckberger and sophomore Jordyn Green.
The Sun Devil diving team looks to be one of the nation's best this season. With three 2008 Olympians on the squad, the team is what head coach Mark Bradshaw has said is the best he's had in his 13 years at ASU. Riley McCormick, a native of Vancouver, finished 15th at the Beijing Olympics on the tower. Elina Eggers represented her native Sweden in Beijing and made it to the final of the 10m platform. Constantin Blaha, a springboard specialist from Austria, placed 23rd on the 3-meter springboard.
What a Debut!
Numerous Sun Devils came a way with wins in their first meet competing for ASU. Ashley Daly, who transferred from Washington, swam away with a win in the 1000 free. Paige Schultz, one of the Sun Devils top newcomers, took first in the 200 free while her fellow Canadian Cassie Morrice was the first person to touch the wall in the 500 free. After sitting out for a season due to NCAA regulations, Rebecca Edjervik made her first race as a Sun Devil a sweet one as she out-swam everyone in the 100 breast. Despite being known as a platform specialist, Riley McCormick took first in both the 3-meter and 1 meter. Although not his first time competing as a Sun Devil, sophomore Xavier Mohammed was a success his first time in an ASU dual meet as he won five events over the weekend.
The Sun Devils will host UCLA and USC in two Pac-10 matchups next weekend. The ASU women's team will take on UCLA on Friday at 1 pm with the men and women both competing on Saturday at noon.