One of the Pac-12’s fiercest swimming rivalries took place this afternoon at Arizona State University’s Mona Plummer Aquatic Center in front of 2,000 attendees. The Sun Devils welcomed the University of Arizona Wildcats to Tempe, AZ for the last meet of their regular season to coincide with their Senior Day. With exhibition appearances by Michael Phelps, Allison Schmitt, and other Bob Bowman trainees, the Mona Plummer crowd witnessed the ASU men’s team defeat their in-state rival, 168 – 132, for the first time in fourteen years. The Sun Devil men also established five school records while capturing 11 out of 14 swim events. The Arizona Wildcat women bested ASU’s team by a wide margin in their contest, winning 12 out of 16 possible events for a 208 – 88 victory.
The Wildcat women eased into the competition with their winning 200 medley relays of 1:38.06 and 1:39.79 over the host team’s. For the men’s race, it was Richard Bohus, Christian Lorenz, Tadas Duskinas, and Patrick Park who broke the first record of the day for ASU with a fresh mark of 1:25.65. The Arizona ladies kept the momentum rolling with back-to-back sweeps in the 1000 and 200 freestyles. Bonnie Brandon’s 9:45.55 and Emma McCarthy’s 9:57.27 controlled first and second places in the distance event while Taylor Schick took first in the 200 free with a NCAA ‘B’ standard of 1:46.33. Schick finished second in the 100 free (49.54) to teammate Katrina Konopka’s 49.13 who also touched the wall first in the 100 back (53.38) for more Wildcat points.
Hungarian Olympian Bohus finished the day with ASU’s most wins, starting with his finish of 46.74 in the 100 back which lowered his own record from 47.16. The junior also claimed the 50 free over Arizona’s Renny Richmond (19.85) with a hit of 19.83 and his 43.09 had no issue clearing the field in the 100 free. Emma Schoettmer spearheaded a 1-2-3 sweep in the 100 breast for Arizona. Her touch of 1:00.52 was followed into the wall by teammates Sara Bordendame (1:01.47) and Alexandra Martelle (1:02.51). Bohus’ record relay teammate Lorenz swept both of the breaststrokes while also setting a pair of ASU school records at 53.18 and 1:54.10.
The Sun Devils’ fifth record wasn’t actually broken, it was matched by its owner Barkley Perry’s swim of 1:42.50 in the men’s 200 back. Brandon got her second distance win for the Wildcat women in the 500 free (4:46.33) as teammates Annie Ochitwa and Mackenzie Rumwill posted their respective times of 51.78 and 53.90 for a 1-2 finish in the 100 fly. The Arizona women closed out their side of the competition with Konopka, Brandon, Ochitwa, and Schick registering a 1:29.35 for the win in the 200 free relay. Soon after the ASU relay of Park, Thomaz Martins, Duskinas, and Perry came together for even more points to seal their victory against the Wildcats, 1:19.18 versus 1:19.58.
Both teams will return to face each other and the rest of their conference rivals at the 2016 Pac-12 Championships in Federal Way, WA.