ASU: The squad's top returning backstroke sprint artist ... will also be a major contributor on relay teams ... will also compete in the fly and freestyle events.
1999: Swam the second-fastest 100 back time in school history (48.26) at the NCAA Championships, earning honorable mention All-American recognition ... also part of 200 free relay, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay teams which achieved All-America status ... team-best time of 22.54 in the 50 back ... recorded the Sun Devils' second-best mark in the 50 free (20.12) and third-fastest time in the 100 free (45.04) ... a First Team Pac-10 All Academic selection ... took part in the 1999 Pan American Games.
1998: Recorded the squad's top time in the 100 back (48.68) ... also contributed in the freestyle events, posting the team's second-best time in the 50 free (20.06) and fourth-best time in the 100 free (47.07) ... along with current Sun Devils Francisco Sanchez and Scott VonSchoff and former Sun Devil Craig Hutchison, earned All-America honors by placing third in the 400 free relay (2:54.03) at the NCAA's ... named to Pac-10's All-Academic Second Team.
1997: Season best in 100 back (49.24) ... second-best time in 200 back (1:51.01).
High School: A 1995 graduate of Colegio Nacional Arturo Humberto Illia, Juan B. Justo 1550, Argentina ... state champion in 1995 ... placed third in 1994 South American Championships.
Personal: Majoring in mathematics ... parents are Horacio and Estella Maris Abal ... has one sister, Augustina (19) ... born in Santa Rosa, La Pampa ... full name is Pablo Martin Abal.
ASU Best Times
100 back 48.26 200 back 1:48.77 50 free 20.06 100 free 45.04