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Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics
Alex Coci Wins Pac-12 Title in the 200 Fly on Final Day of Competition
Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics
Release: 03/08/2014
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By Jordan Parry, SDA Media Relations

FEDERAL WAY, Wash.—The 2014 Pac-12 title holder in the 200 fly resides in Tempe. After recording the top time in the conference leading up to the finals, senior Alex Coci notched an NCAA A-cut time on his way to a first-place finish at Pac-12 Championships. Both Riley McCormick and Luke Clohessy brought home titles on the men’s side in diving, but Coci's win was the first and only swimming Pac-12 title in 2014.

Coci saved his best effort for the final day of competition, finishing the 200 fly with a time of 1:42.97, the only swimmer to obtain a time of sub 1:43.00. Coci swam a time of 1:44.55 in preliminaries, but his previous-best time of 1:43.27 was the fastest of any Pac-12 swimmer coming into the Pac-12 Championship. He became the first Arizona State swimmer to ever win the 200 fly at Pac-12 Championships as well as the first ASU swimmer to bring home a men’s title since CJ Nuess in 2008 in the 1650 free. Coci’s win earned the Sun Devils 20 points toward their final tally.

Collectively, ASU finished the Pac-12 Championships in 6th place with 287 total points. Cal took home the top spot, followed by Stanford.

Freshman Barkley Perry capped off an impressive first Pac-12 Championship for him, bringing home a 10th place finish in the 200 back, touching in with a time of 1:44.56, good enough for a B-cut. Another freshman, Richard Bohus, also found success his first time around on the big stage. Bohus finished in 14th in the 100 free after swimming a time of 43.82, also a B-cut performance. Staying with the freshman trend, Tadas Duskinas finished right behind Bohus in the same race, coming in at 15th with a time of 44:13. Though Coci’s impact will clearly be missed, these three freshmen have the future bright for the Devils.

David Adalsteinsson and Ryan Glander competed in the C-Final of the 200 back and finished in 20th and 22nd, respectively. Adalsteinsson swam a 1:50.07 time, while Glander swam a 1:51.80. In the C-Final of the 200 breast, sophomore Kyle Sockwell finished in 17th for the second-straight day in different events, this time finishing with a time of 1:59.16, a B-cut time. Freshman Josh Lamb finished 20th in the same race with a time of 2:01.16.

In the long-distance swim, Alex Palumbo completed the mile swim, the 1650 free, in 15th place. He swam the duration in 15:32.34, over two seconds ahead of the next swimmer.

ASU has been consistent all week long in the team relays, and on Saturday night they managed a 5th place finish in the 400 free relay. The team consisting of Bohus, Coci, Duskinas and Thomaz Martins, another freshman, finished with a time of 2:55.18, less than a half second behind 4th place. 

For those moving on, NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships will take place in Austin, Tex. from Mar. 27 through Mar. 29. 

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