Dec. 3, 2008
The Arizona State swimming teams will head to Austin, Texas this week for the prestigious Texas Invitational. Teams competing in the three-day event include Texas, Arizona, SMU, UCLA, Hawai'I, Nebraska, Washington State and Wisconsin. Prelims will start at 10 a.m. with finals taking place at 6 p.m.
Last Time at the Texas Invite:
The Sun Devils clocked in multiple NCAA standard times and many athletes etched their name in the ASU record book at last year's Texas Invitational. The women's 400 free relay team of Caitlin Andrew, Jen Beckberger, Lindsey Brown and Jess Perazzo took first clocking in an ASU record of 3:15.96. The same team also broke the 200 free record at 1:29.87. Andrew set a new ASU standard in the 200 back, along with C.J. Nuess in the 400 IM with a time 3:44.51. Numerous other Sun Devils put their names in ASU's top 10 list at the Texas Invite.
Both the men and women fell in their Pac-10 openers three weeks ago. Sean Boyle won both the 200 free and 200 fly against USC. Jen Beckberger won the 200 free for the women against UCLA while Penelope Yamauchi won the 200 breast.
The Kids Are Alright:
The newcomers to the ASU women's team have already made an immediate impact. Led by Jordyn Green, Sasha Stephens and Penelope Yamauchi, the freshmen class has already put up strong times and have scored numerous points. Sasha Stephens won both the 100 and 200 back against the Kansas Jayhawks and the 200 back again at SMU. Yamauchi took first in the 200 IM against both Kansas and SMU. She also won the 200 breast against Kansas. Green won the 200 breast while competing against SMU and placed second behind Yamauchi in the event against Kansas. Yamauchi won the 200 breast at UCLA.
The women's team returns two All-Americans from last season. Jen Beckberger and Jess Perazzo were each honored last season with honorable mention All-American accolades for their contributions to relays.
The women are off until 2009, while the men will host Harvard in a late December matchup. The meet is on December 20th at noon.