Bob Bowman and the Arizona State Sun Devils will add a pair of recruits with international experience midway through the coming season: Spain’s Joan Casanovas Skoubo and Finland’s Silja Känsäkoski.
Bowman, the longtime coach of Olympic hero Michael Phelps, who is now the head coach at Arizona State University, announced the moves in a tweet Tuesday:
— Bob Bowman (@coach_bowman) September 6, 2016
Casanovas has been one of Spain’s top young talents for several years now. He won 200 IM silver and 400 IM bronze at the 2013 European Youth Summer Olympic Festival, and more recently raced at the European Games and Junior World Championships in 2015.
The 20-year-old Spanish national brings a whole lot of versatility to the Sun Devil lineup. Per SwimRankings.net, here are his top times, all in long course meters (LCM):
- 200 free: 1:50.05
- 400 free: 3:52.19
- 800 free: 8:09.67
- 200 IM: 2:02.66
- 400 IM: 4:21.26
- 100 back: 57.13
Känsäkoski, meanwhile, will help out the women’s breaststroke corps in Tempe, coming in with international experience for Finland at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games as well as the 2016 European Championships.
The 1997-born swimmer finished as high as 5th at the Youth Olympic Games, taking that spot in the 100 breast. She also qualified to compete for Finland at this spring’s European Championships and made semifinals of the 100 breast.
Her top times, per SwimRankings.net, also in long course meters (LCM):
- 100 breast: 1:08.82
- 200 breast: 2:33.66
- 50 breast: 31.88
The two should join the ASU program at the semester break, meaning they will likely be eligible to compete at the Pac-12 and NCAA Championships.