March 28, 2003
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Arizona State Men's Swimming & Diving team stands in 12th place after the second of three days of competition at the 2003 NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships. The team has totaled 79 points at the Jamail Texas Swim Center. Leading the way on Friday for the Sun Devils was freshman diver Joona Puhakka who placed third on the 3-meter springboard.
Puhakka, who captured the NCAA title yesterday on the 1-meter springboard, ensured a top-three finish on the 3-meter with a final round score of 642.65. Barely seven points separated first from third, with Tennessee's Phillip Jones taking first with a 649.70 and Kentucky's Clayton Moss finishing second with a 646.75. Jones finished third on both the 1-meter and 3-meter at last year's NCAAs.
In the 200 freestyle, Nick Brunelli set another career-best by clocking a 1:35.65 in the consolation final to finish 10th overall. That is the fourth-fastest time in ASU history. Yesterday, Brunelli swam a 19.58 in opening leg of the 200 freestyle relay to notch the second-fastest 50 free time in school history.
Brunelli swam the opening leg of the 800 freestyle relay (1:36.76) in the final event of the evening, where ASU touched in a season best 6:34.70 to finish 15th. Ahmed Hussein, Christian Harcsas, and David Kolozar rounded out the foursome.
Those performances represented the scoring for the Sun Devils on day two. The 200 medley relay of Hussein, Brunelli, Bobby Zaabadich, and Wiley Wallace registered a 1:29.98 in the morning prelims, missing a berth in the consolation final by 13-hundredths of a second.
Hussein recorded a time of 47.78 in this morning's 100 backstroke trials to tie for 12th in the opening session and advance to tonight's consolation final, where he was disqualified. Harcsas swam the morning session in 48.50, missing his season best by eight-hundredths of a second to finish 24th.
The final day of competition at the national championships begins tomorrow morning with swimming prelims at 11 a.m. Diving prelims are at 1 p.m. with all finals beginning at 7 p.m. Standings for the top-20 teams after day two of the meet are as follows:
1. Auburn 449
2. Texas 282
3. Stanford 217
4. California 238
5. Southern Cal 190
6. Florida 171
7. Minnesota 160
8. Arizona 123
9. Michigan 105
10. Georgia 88
11. Wisconsin 87
12. Arizona State 79
13. Tennessee 63
14. Alabama 60
15. Kentucky 55
16. Texas A&M 53
16. LSU 53
18. Virginia 50
19. Princeton 37
20 South Carolina 31
Each event at the NCAA Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships scores through 16 places. The top eight competitors from the preliminaries compete in the championship finals of an event and the next eight compete in the consolation finals. The scoring is as follows, with the relays counting double points.
1st - 20 5th - 14 9th - 9 13th - 4
2nd - 17 6th - 13 10th - 7 14th - 3
3rd - 16 7th - 12 11th - 6 15th - 2
4th - 15 8th - 11 12th - 5 16th - 1