By Jordan Parry, SDA Media Relations
The Arizona State men’s diving team reached elite status in the Pac-12 after Saturday, the final day of Pac-12 Championships. After senior Riley McCormick notched a Conference title on the 3-meter springboard on Thursday, teammate Luke Clohessy upset the field on his way to a Conference championship of his own in the men’s platform finals.
The victory means that the ASU men took home two of the three Pac-12 titles up for grabs in Federal Way, Wash. this week at Pac-12 Championships under head coach Mark Bradshaw.
Clohessy ousted the field by a wide margin with a total score of 455.20. Rafael Quintero of Arizona placed second after receiving 424.95 points, and Kristian Ipsen, with a score of 421.60, finished third. Clohessy, a freshman, participated at the Pac-12 Championship for his first time. That proved to be all he needed to bring in his first gold as a member of the Sun Devils.
Also comforting for Arizona State, Clohessy firmly placed himself at the top of the list as the diver on the roster to replace the talent lost when Riley McCormick, a senior this season, graduates and moves on from Sun Devil diving.
On the women’s side, ASU finished 7th overall with 461.5 points, much in part because of Tristin Baxter who finished fourth in the 1650 free. Baxter swam a time of 16:11.18 in the final, over three seconds ahead of 5th place. Her time was good enough for an NCAA B-cut as she racked in 26 points for ASU. Anna Olasz finished 12th in the event with a time of 16:47.92, earning 15 points towards the Sun Devils’ final score.
In the 200 back finals, teammates Melanie Busch and Juanita Barreto finished 14th and 15th respectively in the B-Final. Both finishing with NCAA B-cut times, Busch swam a time of 1:57.82 while Barreto swam a 1:58.68. Busch’s finish gave ASU 13 points and Barreto’s swim tacked on another 12 points to the team’s overall tally.
In the 200 back finals C-Final, Jennifer Morgan also swam an NCAA B-cut time of 1:57.38, even better than her teammates in the B-Final. She scored nine points for the Sun Devils.
Marina Spadoni, another Devil making an impact, finished 23rd in the C-Final of the 100 free after finishing with a time of 50.04.
After finishing ninth in the 200 breast preliminary with a time of 2:13.07, Tory Houston finished 13th overall in the B-Final, this time with a time of 2:14.97. She finished just a second off of ninth.
Moving on to the team 400 free relay, the ASU women, a team consisting of Busch, Barreto, Kat Simonovich and Spadoni finished in 7th place. They swam a time of 3:19.98, adding 46 points to ASU’s final score.
Back to women’s platform diving, this time on the women’s side, Sydney Czaus earned 22 points for the Devils after she scored a 250.65.
Saturday concluded the Pac-12 Championships for women’s swimming and diving and men’s diving. Next up for ASU is the men’s swimming Pac-12 Championship which will take place Mar. 5-8 from Federal Way.