Arizona State’s Runge, McCool Sweep Pac-12 Weekly Honors

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February 13th, 2019 College, Pac-12

Courtesy: Pac-12 Conference

SAN FRANCISCO – The Pac-12 Conference office announced today that Arizona State’s Cierra Runge was named Pac-12 Women’s Swimmer of the Week and teammate Ashley McCool was voted Pac-12 Women’s Diver of the Week.


Cierra Runge, Jr., Arizona State (Cochranville, Pa.)
Runge collected two individual wins last week in No. 18 Arizona State’s loss to in-state rival No. 10 Arizona. Runge swam a personal best and broke a seven-year school record in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:44.04. Her time in the 200 free also ranks in the top-10 fastest times in the country at No. 9 and No. 4 in the Conference this season. The 2016 Olympic gold medalist notched a win in the 500 free (4:41.80), finishing three seconds ahead of second place for the fastest time on the Sun Devils this season and eighth-best in the Pac-12. The junior is studying interdisciplinary studies and collects her first Pac-12 Swimmer of the Week nod, marking the Sun Devils third weekly/monthly award since 2008 (2017, Nora Deleske; 2008, Caitlin Andrew).

Also Nominated: Katrina Konopka, ARIZ, Darby Wayner, UTAH.


Ashley McCool, So., Arizona State (Cochrane, Alberta, Canada)
McCool took the podium in each event during Arizona State’s regular-season finale versus Arizona. The junior won the 3-meter springboard with a score of 344.63 for her third victory in the event this season. The Alberta native finished second in the 1-meter with 316.58 points to close out the last dual meet before the Pac-12 Championship on Feb. 27. McCool qualified for the 2018 NCAA Championship in both events as a freshman and finished second in the 3-meter at the Pac-12 Championships. The global health major collects her third career Pac-12 Diver of the Week honor and first of the season for Arizona State’s sixth all-time nod.

Also Nominated: Delaney Schnell, ARIZ.

The 2019 Pac-12 Women’s Swimming and Men’s and Women’s Diving Championships (Feb. 27–Mar. 2) will be held at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

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Cierra had a fine swim in the 200 free, setting a new ASU school record. It was her fastest ever dual meet/midseason swim, by over 1.5 seconds, but it was only her 8th fastest ever, according to the USA Swimming database, which lists her PB as 1:42.78 from the PAC-12 Champs in 2015 for CAL..

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