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Women's Swimming To NCAA Championships, Thursday-Saturday
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Release: 03/19/2002
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March 19, 2002

This Week
With 10 athletes qualified to compete, Arizona State's women's swimming team seeks its first top-20 finish since 1995 and its first top-10 finish since 1993, when the Sun Devils take to the pool at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in College Station, Texas, for the 2002 NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships, March 21-23. The Sun Devils are coming off their seventh consecutive sixth-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships, however ASU placed only behind teams that it already trailed in the national standings. Among its 10-woman field, freshman ?gnes Kov?cs -- the reigning Olympic and World Champion in the 200-meter breast and the recently awarded Pac-10 Champion in the 200-yard breast -- carries ASU's best chance of winning its first individual national title since Beata Kaszuba won both the 100 and 200 breast titles in 1995. Although the 200y breast is her strongest event, Kov?cs should also contend in the 100y breast and 400y IM.

The Qualifiers -- Events In Order Of Competition (seed time)
Sarah Baham: 100 fly (53.58), 200 fly (1:56.81)
Claire Hedenskog: 50 free (23.32), 100 free (50.32)
?gnes Kov?cs: 400 IM (4:10.77), 100 breast (1:00.48), 200 breast (2:07.75)
Riley Mants: 100 breast (1:02.60), 200 breast (2:12.04)
Florence Mauro: 100 fly (55.19), 200 fly (2:02.89)
Miranda Shald: 100 back (54.98)
Amanda Stanford: 500 free (4:47.18), 200 free (1:48.51), 1650 free (16:29.67)
Florencia Szigeti: 200 free (1:47.00), 100 free (50.33)
Brooke Townsend: 500 free (4:45.09), 200 free (1:49.56), 1650 free (16:23.07)
Kari Wilcox: 200 IM (2:02.52), 200 free (1:50.83)
Sun Devil Relays: 200 free (1:32.59), 400 medley (3:37.46), 200 medley (1:40.87), 800 free (7:16.90), 400 free (3:22.03)

NCAA Championship Notes
In its 20 years of NCAA Championship participation, ASU's women's swimming and diving team has placed in the top-25 all but twice, when the team took 28th and 29th in 1997 and 1998, respectively. ASU has 10 top-15 finishes, but hasn't finished better than 21st since 1995 when it placed 14th. ASU has six top-10 finishes all-time, including four-straight from 1987-1990, but the Sun Devils have been inside the top-10 only once since then, taking ninth in 1993. ASU's all-time best finish started that top-10 run, when the Sun Devils came off a fifth-place conference finish to place sixth in 1988. In the Mike Chasson era, ASU has seen respective finishes of 23rd, 21st-t, 21st.

ASU, Last Time In The Pool
For the seventh straight year the ASU women placed sixth at the Pac-10 Championships. However, for the first time in seven years, ASU earned some conference hardware as ?gnes Kov?cs nabbed the program's first individual event title since 1995. In addition to a first-place finish in the 200 breast, Kov?cs finished runner-up in the 100 breast and 400 IM. Also earning runner-up efforts for ASU were Sarah Baham in the 100y fly and Brooke Townsend in the 1650 free. In all, ASU came away with one first-place finish, four runner-up finishes and seven school records.

Up Next For The Sun Devils
On the 2001-02 schedule, only the men's NCAA Championships remain uncontested. As with the women, the Sun Devils have qualified 10 men into the national meet: Nick Brunelli, Christian Harcsas, Ahmed Hussein, Anders Lyrbring, Russell MacDonald, Simon MacDonald, Justin Mathias, Gavin Meadows, Bo West and Bobby Zaabadich. The men's NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships are March 28-30 from 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 seventh in school history in the 50 free and 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) 10 times, including two automatic qualifying times ... first was a fourth-place 54.34 at the Texas Invitational, second was a school record 53.58 to finish runner-up at the Pac-10 Championships ... in the 200 fly, dipped below the NCAA 'B' standard (2:03.42) nine times, including two automatic qualifying times ... first was a fourth-place 1:58.84 at the Texas Invitational, second was a school record 1:56.81 to place third at the Pac-10 Championships ... 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.
2002 Pac-10 Championship Notes * Finished runner-up in the 100y fly to Stanford's Shelly Ripple (52.16) in a personal best effort of 53.58, improving upon her own school record by one-tenth of a second (53.68 previous) ... in the 200y fly, improved her own school best by more than a second (1:58.22 previous), finishing third in 1:56.81 behind only Ripple (1:53.50) and Arizona's Emily Mason (1:56.60).
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 53.58 (1st), 200 fly 1:56.81 (1st), 200 IM 2:04.93, 400 IM 4:19.26 (7th), 50 free 23.65 (7th), 100 free 51.19.

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) four times, including seventh-place showings at the Pac-10 Championships (23.47) and Texas Invitational (23.32) ... Texas Invite effort (23.32) is her career best ... picked up her only individual victory vs. Hawaii ... in the 100 free, dipped below the NCAA 'B' qualifying standard (51.14) three times, twice at the Texas Invitational where she placed eighth (50.71), once at the Pac-10 Championships where she placed 11th (50.74) ... earned her career best during Texas Invite 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 (Jan. 25).
2002 Pac-10 Championship Notes * Placed seventh in the 50 free (23.47) in a time slower than her prelim effort of 23.40 ... placed 11th in the 100 free in 50.74.
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 26 first-place individual finishes in the 2001-02 season ... in the 100 breast swam under the NCAA 'B' standard (1:03.99) in all 13 races, eight times under the NCAA automatic qualifying standard (1:02.13) ... placed second at the Pac-10 Championships with best time of 1:00.48 and third at the Texas Invitational (1:00.68) ... in the 200 breast, swam under the NCAA 'B' standard (2:18.35) in all 12 of her races, 11 times beneath the NCAA automatic qualifying standard (2:14.33) ... had three memorable meetings with Stanford's Tara Kirk (defending NCAA champion), winning all three: 1) won the Texas Invitational (2:07.98) ahead of runner-up Kirk by almost a second (2:08.84), 2) in Stanford dual meet defeated Kirk (2:11.28) in 2:10.40, believed to be the fastest dual meet 200y breast time in NCAA history, 3) edged Kirk (2:07.79) by four-hundredths of a second to win ASU's first Pac-10 event title since 1995 with a school, conference and meet record time of 2:07.75 ... in the 200 IM swam under the NCAA 'B' standard (2:04.68) in all seven races ... best of 2:01.27 placed fifth at the Texas Invite ... in the 400 IM swam below the NCAA 'B' standard (4:24.73) in all eight races, five times beneath the NCAA automatic qualifying mark (4:17.02) ... finished runner-up at Pac-10s (4:10.77), third at the Texas Invitational (4:11.68) ... other bests include: 200 free 1:53.24, 1000 free 10:06.76.
2002 Pac-10 Championship Notes * Earned ASU's first Pac-10 event title since 1995, edging Stanford's Tara Kirk (2:07.79) in the 200 breast with a school, conference and meet record effort of 2:07.75 ... finished runner-up in the 100 breast, improving her personal collegiate best to 1:00.48 and placing behind only Kirk (58.68) ... finished runner-up in the 400 IM, improving her school record to 4:10.77 and placing behind only California's Michala Kwasny (4:09.48).
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 1:00.48 (2nd), 200 breast 2:07.75 (1st), 200 IM 2:01.27 (3rd), 400 IM 4:10.77 (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 both the Texas Invitational (1:03.74) and the Pac-10 Championships (1:02.60) with two of her three times below the NCAA 'B' standard (1:03.99) ... in the 200 breast swam under the NCAA 'B' standard (2:18.35) eight times, including two automatic times ... placed fifth at the Pac-10 Championships and sixth at the Texas Invitational ... effort at Pac-10s (2:12.04) was her collegiate best, erasing a personal best mark (2:12.47) that had stood since 1999 ... other 2001-02 bests: 50 free 24.31, 200 free 1:55.75, 200 IM 2:09.26, 200 back 2:21.23.
2002 Pac-10 Championship Notes * Placed ninth in the 100y breast (1:02.60) with a season best effort ... placed fifth in the 200y breast in a personal best time of 2:12.04.
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 2:12.04 (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) ... placed 18th at Pac-10s in 56.40 ... 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 ... placed 16th at the Pac-10 Championships (2:05.78) with faster time coming in prelims (2:04.08) ... only win came vs. Wisconsin.
2002 Pac-10 Championship Notes * Placed 18th in the 100 fly (56.40) and 16th in the 200 fly (2:05.78), failing to meet season bests in either event.
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) five times, plus school record 54.98 that was an opening 400 medley relay split ... placed sixth in the 100 back at the Pac-10 Championships (55.09) and at the Texas Invitational (55.39) ... 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 ... just missed the consideration standard a second time with 56.18 prelim performance that preceded 56.43 finals performance at Pac-10s, placing her 14th.
2002 Pac-10 Championship Notes * Improved her school record in the 100 back with a 400 medley relay opening split of 54.98, en route to a third-place team finish ... placed sixth in the 100 back in 55.09, her second-best collegiate time ... in the 100 fly, placed 14th in 56.43.
NCAA History * 2001: All-America: 200 medley relay (12th), 400 medley relay (8th), 100 back qualifier.
Top Collegiate Times (ASU rank) * 100 back ~54.98 (1st), 200 back 2:04.42, 100 fly 55.53 (6th), 50 free 25.37.

Amanda Stanford (Senior) --
Ranked fourth all-time at ASU in 500 free, seventh in the 1650 free and ninth in the 200 and 1000 free ... in the 500 free, swam under the NCAA 'B' standard five times, including career best 4:47.18 in Pac-10 prelims ... placed sixth at Pac-10s, eighth at the Texas Invite ... in 1650 free, swam beneath NCAA 'B' standard (16:58.88) in all three races ... career best 16:29.67 placed fifth at Pac-10s ... placed sixth at the Texas Invite ... placed 13th in the 200 free at Pac-10s with career best 1:49.51, one of two under the 'B' standard (1:51.09) ... other 2001-02 bests: 200 back 2:09.64, 200 IM 2:19.83.
2002 Pac-10 Championship Notes * Placed fifth in the 1650 free (16:29.67), sixth in the 500 free (4:47.80) and 13th in the 200 free (1:49.51).
NCAA History * None.
Top Collegiate Times (ASU rank) * 200 free 1:49.51 (9th), 500 free 4:47.18 (4th), 1000 free 10:00.80 (9th), 1650 free 16:29.67 (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) five 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) eight 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.
2002 Pac-10 Championship Notes * Placed 10th in the 200 free (1:48.57) and 17th in the 100 free (50.73).
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, second all-time in the 1650 free ... in the 500 free swam below the NCAA 'B' standard (4:55.31) five 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 ... placed third at Pac-10s ... in the 1650 free earned one consideration and two automatic times ... placed runner-up at Pac-10s and the Texas Invite ... season-best in the 1000 free was a 10:04.18 vs. USC ... other 2001-02 bests: 200 free 1:49.56, 200 back 2:08.35.
2002 Pac-10 Championship Notes * Finished runner-up in the 1650 free (16:23.07) behind only Stanford's Jessica Foschi (16:08.50) ... placed third in the 500 free (4:45.77) and tied for 15th in the 200 free (1:50.10).
NCAA History * None.
Top Collegiate Times (ASU rank) * 200 free 1:49.56, 500 free 4:45.09 (1st), 1000 free 10:04.18, 1650 free 16:23.07 (2nd).

Kari Wilcox (Freshman) --
Ranked fifth in school history in the 200 IM and ninth in the 400 IM ... in the 200 IM, posted fastest times of the season at the Pac-10 Championships en route to an 11th-place finish (2:02.52) ... earned second 400 IM consideration time in the Pac-10 prelims (4:23.98) before placing 16th in 4:26.92 ... season best was a 4:20.71 at the Texas Invite ... other 2001-02 bests: 100 free 51.18, 500 free 5:11.90, 100 back 59.03.
2002 Pac-10 Championship Notes * Placed 11th in the 200 IM (2:02.52), 16th in the 400 IM (4:26.92) and 22nd in the 200 back (2:02.37).
NCAA History * None.
Top Collegiate Times (ASU rank) * 100 free 51.18, 200 free 1:52.59, 100 back 59.03, 200 back 2:02.37, 200 IM 2:02.52 (5th), 400 IM 4:20.71 (9th).

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