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Swimming And Diving Teams Host Pac-10 Foes This Weekend
Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics
Release: 11/09/1999
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Nov. 9, 1999

Sun Devil Women vs UCLA - Nov. 12, 1999 - 2:00 p.m.
Sun Devil Men and Women vs USC - Nov. 13, 1999 - 11:00 a.m.

Busy Weekend Ahead
The Arizona State women's swimming team hosts two Pac-10 foes this weekend, beginning with a dual meet against UCLA at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center on Friday, Nov. 12 at 2:00 p.m. Simultaneously, the Sun Devil men and women will stage exhibition meets against the California All-Stars, who feature a number of elite-level junior swimmers. The following day, both ASU squads take on their respective counterparts from USC at 11:00 a.m. (note time change from 1:00 p.m.). Arizona State's diving teams will compete against UCLA and USC during a two-day event in Tucson this weekend, and have their results factored into the dual meet scores.

Note the Format
Both meets this weekend will be contested in short course meters in preparation for the NCAA Championships, which will also be held using this format.

Poll Position
All teams in action this weekend at the Mona Plummer Center are nationally ranked. The Arizona State men's and women's teams are ranked 14th and 21st, respectively, in the current College Swimming Coaches Association poll. UCLA, which does not field a men's program, sits at #14. Meanwhile USC's men and women are ranked fifth and fourth, respectively.

Looking Back
The Sun Devils and Bruins squared off in Los Angeles on Nov. 13, 1999, and swam to a rare 150-150 tie. Carolyn Adel led the Sun Devils with victories in the 200 free, 500 free and 200 IM, while diver Trish Malatesta took second in three-meter competition. The ASU women moved across town on Nov. 14 to battle the Trojans and were handed a 178-121 defeat. Arizona State's men's team also fell to the Trojans by a 159-87.5 margin.

ASU Swimming Impresses in Season Opener
The Arizona State men's and women's swimming teams began their 1999-2000 campaigns on the right foot with convincing wins at UNLV on Oct. 30. The Sun Devil men prevailed 214-80 behind the strength of their breaststrokers and relay teams. Junior Otto Hinks (2:08.40) and senior Jon Tunstall (2:08.57) finished one-two in the 200 breast, while the ASU 200 medley relay team opened the meet with a winning time of 1:45.90. Arizona State defeated the Rebels in seven other events, including the 400 freestyle relay (3:01.84). Sophomore Sarah Baham led the charge for the Sun Devil women, who posted a 196-98 victory. She recorded NCAA Championship consideration times in the 100 (55.94) and 200 (2:02.67) butterfly. Among ASU's eight other wins was Adel's 2:04.80 showimg in the 200 IM.

Head Coach Michael Chasson
Currently in his second season at ASU, Michael Chasson is the first head coach in school history to oversee both the men's and women's swim programs. In 1999, Chasson guided both Sun Devil teams to top-25 national finishes. Chasson came to ASU with impressive credentials, having guided the Harvard men's program to six Eastern Seaboard Championships.

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