Feb. 2, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz. - No. 3 Texas proved too strong for Arizona State's seventh-ranked men's swimming and diving team, defeating the Sun Devils 188.5-153.5 at the University of Arizona's Hillenbrand Aquatic Center in a dual meet competed over two days and three sessions. The Sun Devil men are now 5-3 on the season after opening the year 5-0, while Texas stands at 5-1.
ASU was not without standout performances in the losing effort, earning first-place points in five events over the final two sessions competed Saturday.
In the 400-yard individual medley, sophomores Rich Jacobs and Adam Bugledich placed first and second in 4:01.16 and 4:02.81, respectively. Freshman Derek Miller swam a collegiate best 15:45.01 to win the 1650y freestyle, while sophomore Nick Brunelli took first in the 100y free in 45.32.
Christian Harcsas' 1:49.49 in the 200y backstroke and ASU's 400y free relay effort of Simon MacDonald, Gavin Meadows, Justin Mathias and Brunelli (2:59.90), accounted for The Sun Devils' other first-place finishes, Saturday. In the 200y free, Texas' Chris Kemp touched the wall first in 1:38.71, but Meadows and junior Anders Lyrbring were second and third, separated by a tenth of a second at 1:40.54 and 1:40.64, respectively.
Likewise, in the 100y back, UT's Brendan Hansen swam 49.83 to lead the field, but Harcsas (50.63), Brunelli (50.77) and Russell MacDonald (51.07) accounted for the next three spots.
In the 1-meter springboard, no one could touch Troy Dumais of Texas, the two-time NCAA diver of the year. His 357.50 score was well ahead of ASU's runner-up effort of 312.70 by freshman Thomas McCrummen.
Although the women host Northern Arizona this Sunday, the ASU men are off from competition until Saturday, February 16, when they wrap the regular season by welcoming Arizona to Tempe at noon.