Craig Rocks 42.5 100 Free; ASU Women Beat Arizona For the First Time in 25 Years

ARIZONA VS. ARIZONA STATE

  • Results
  • Hosted by ASU
  • Saturday, February 3rd
  • 25 Yards
  • Dual Meet Format

FINAL TEAM SCORES:

  • MEN: ASU 203.5, Arizona 94.5
  • WOMEN: ASU 173, Arizona 127

The Arizona State women closed out their season on a historic note at home on Saturday. Both the Sun Devil men and women took down in-state Pac-12 rival Arizona. This marks the ASU women’s first victory over the Wildcats in 25 years. Their last win over Arizona was in 1993.

Claire Fisch, Chloe Isleta, and Marlies Ross each rallied for a winning double individually in the team’s big win. Fisch swept the sprint events, first out-touching Arizona All-American Katrina Konopka in the 50 free, 23.07 to 23.18. She battled closely with Arizona’s Konopka and Jamie Stone in the 100 free as it came down to the touch again. Fisch led at the halfway mark in 24.31, just 2 hundredths ahead of Konopka, and sealed the deal as she held off a late charge from Stone to win it in 50.39. Stone (50.43) and Konopka (50.47) were hundredths back.

Isleta swept the backstrokes, dominating the 100 back in 53.88 and out-touching Arizona’s Cameron McHugh, 1:56.35 to 1:54.46, in the 200 back. Isleta also took a narrow 2nd place in the 200 IM, touching just hundredths behind in 2:01.53 as teammate Ross ran her down on the back half to win it in 2:01.45. Ross’ additional win came in the 200 breast, where she used her back half speed to edge out teammates Nora Deleske (2:14.99) and Silja Kansakoski (2:15.03) with a winning time of 2:14.91. Kansakoski had won the 100 breast in 1:01.03, while Ross (1:02.97) took 3rd, just a hundredth behind Arizona’s Mallory Korenwinder (1:02.96).

Kirsten Jacobsen of Arizona was also a double event winner on the women’s side. She won the 200 free handily in 1:48.19. In the 500 free, she battled closely with teammate Hannah Cox, holding off Cox down the final stretch to win 4:52.16 to 4:52.66. Cox had edged out Jacobsen in the 1000 free earlier in the session, winning in 9:58.66 to Jacobsen’s 9:59.33.

Several of the Sun Devil men contributed multiple victories, including All-American Cameron Craig. He got the ball rolling by anchoring the winning 200 medley relay in a quick 19.06. He also led off the 200 free relay in 19.61. Individually, Craig threw down a 1:34.78 to top teammate Grant House (1:35.89) by a second in the 200 free. Craig was dominant in the 100 free, flipping in 20.45 at the halfway mark as he blasted a 42.51. House went on to pick up a pair of wins as well, touching in 4:24.87 to top the 500 free and 1:47.49 to win the 200 IM.

Zachary Poti and Christian Lorenz swept their respective stroke specialties. Poti swept the backstrokes (47.10/1:43.47), while Lorenz earned his wins in the breaststrokes (53.99/1:58.59). Lorenz and Andrew Porter both celebrated their senior day with multiple wins. Porter notched to 50 free win, out-touching teammate Evan Carlson 20.28 to 20.33. He returned to win his signature 100 fly in 47.43.

PRESS RELEASE – ARIZONA STATE:

TEMPE, Ariz. – On a historic day for the Arizona State swimming & diving program, the No. 7 Sun Devil men defeated No. 18 Arizona by over 100 points, 203.5-94.5, while the women took down the No. 22 Wildcats, 173-127, for the first time since 1993. The men have now beat or tied U of A the past three seasons.

“We only lose one woman for next year who’s here today and we’re bringing in 10 more,” said head swimming coach Bob Bowman. “They’re our future and I’m so happy for this women’s team.”

Prior to the meet, the 2018 senior class was honored in their final collegiate home meet – Heikki MakikallioIvana NinkovicChristian LorenzMara AiacoboaeRebecca DeaconReid ElliottAndrew Porter, and Patrick Park.

Both Sun Devils squads started the meet on a high note, taking first place in the 200 medley relay, with the men going 1-2. The Sun Devil men’s A squad would later take their second relay win of the meet as they cruised to victory.

The ASU men won 10 of 12 individual swim events, including going 1-2 in five of them and 1-2-3 in the 100 breast. Cameron Craig (100 free, 200 free), Christian Lorenz (100 breast, 200 breast), Grant House (500 free, 200 IM), Andrew Porter (100 fly, 50 free), Zach Poti (100 back, 200 back) each won two events apiece.

For the winning Sun Devil women, Claire Fisch (50 free, 100 free), Chloe Isleta (100 back, 200 back) and Marlies Ross (200 breast, 200 IM) each won two events apiece while three others won events (Silja Kansakoski in 100 breast, Nora Deleske in 200 fly, Fanny Teijonsalo in 100 fly) as ASU won nine of 12 individual swim events.

Nora Deleske really stepped up and was key to the women’s win today,” said Bowman. “Winning her events was absolutely key and that 200 fly was probably the key to the whole meet.”

In diving, Ashley McCool and Frida Kaellgren finished first and second in both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard while Youssef Selim and Heikki Makikallio went 1-2 on the men’s side.

“I’m looking forward to happens at Pac-12’s because that’s been the natural progression towards NCAA’s. I think we’re in a very good place,” Bowman concluded.

The Territorial Cup series point will be decided at the Pac-12 Championships, with the women’s swim and men’s/women’s dive portion taking place Feb. 21-24 and the men’s swim championships the following week, Feb. 28-Mar. 3. Both will take place in Federal Way, Wash.

PRESS RELEASE – ARIZONA:

TEMPE, Ariz. – Arizona lost to in-state rival Arizona State to close out the regular season. The women dropped 127-173, and the men 94.5-203.5. Kirsten Jacobsen won two events, while Hannah CoxBrooks Fail, and Justin Wright added a victory each. Seniors Cameron McHugh and Nick Thorne each had a pair of runner-up finishes.

Arizona opened the meet with a second-place finish in the women’s 200 medley relay (1:41.86). The men’s 200 medley relay team placed third with 1:30.19.

Cox and Jacobsen finished first and second in the 1,000 free with 9:58.66 and 9:59.33, respectively. The men swept the 1,000 free, with Fail (9:13.13), Chris Wieser (9:17.70), and Jerad Kaskawal (9:19.47).

The women earned a sweep in the 200 free, placing first was Jacobsen (1:48.19), followed by McHugh (1:49.07), Cox (1:49.24), and Jamie Stone (1:50.04). Nick Thorne placed third for the men in the 200 free with 1:38.28.

Daniela Georges finished runner-up in the 100 back with 55.42. Chatham Dobbs (48.78) and Thomas Anderson (48.81) placed third and fourth, respectively.

Mallory Korenwinder (1:02.96) and Mik Ranslem (2:01.16) placed second in the women’s 100 breast and 200 fly, respectively.

Wright won the 200 fly with 1:44.82. Brendan Meyer (1:47.66) and Mathias Oh (1:48.32) finished third and fourth, respectively.

Katrina Konopka (23.18), Morgan Ginnis (23.25), and Ashley Sutherland (23.28) finished second, third, and fourth in the women’s 50 free. For the men, Gabriel Cardenes placed third with 20.65.

Stone placed runner-up in the 100 free with 50.43. Konopka (50.47) and Sutherland (50.52) finished behind her third and fourth, respectively. Parks Jones earned third for the men with 44.77.

McHugh (1:56.46) and Thorne (1:47.53) finished second in the 200 back. Thomas Anderson got third with 1:49.66.

Sam Iida placed third in the men’s 200 breast with 2:01.93. Korenwinder finished fourth with 2:19.44 for the women.

Jacobsen won the 500 free with 4:52.16 for the women. Cox (4:52.66) and Fail (4:26.05) each earn second place in the 500 free.

Stone and Ranslem tie for second in the 100 fly with 55.73. Wright finished third for the men with 48.37 and Dobbs placed fourth with 48.44.

Georges finished third in the 200 IM (2:03.26) and Thorne placed second (1:49.25).

The women’s 200 free relay teams place first and second with 1:30.76 and 1:32.06, respectively. The men close out the meet with a second-place finish with 1:21.17.

Up Next: Arizona men’s and women’s swimming and diving head into championship play with Pac-12’s beginning February 21.

Follow Arizona Swimming and Diving: For further coverage of Arizona swimming and diving, visit ArizonaWildcats.com and follow the team’s Twitter (@ArizonaSwimming) and Instagram (@ArizonaSwimDive) accounts.

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SwimFan
3 years ago

What an AWESOME day for the Sun Devil Nation!!!

The Women’s Sun Devils are really stepping up…woot woot!!! First, beating UCLA, Washington State, and now the Arizona Wildcats!!! What a historic season for the ASU Women’s Swimming & Diving…and they are just starting!

Way to Go Devils…??☀️?

…and Congratulations to our relentless Sun Devil Men’s team! What a way to crush them cats!!! Did Cameron Craig just swam a 19.06 in the 50 Free leg in the 200 Free Relay? Is that currently tied for the second FASTEST time in the nation? Can someone verify?

Cant wait for PAC-12’s!!! Let’s GO DEVILS…??☀️?

Paul
Reply to  SwimFan
3 years ago

Hey swimswam team, do you know how letsrun, Reddit, and other forums sometimes have bots that can pull data when requested by command in a comment? if that feature could somehow be implemented that would be incredible. Ideally, I would be able to respond to this comment with some command that activates the bot, and the bot posts the top 5 or 8 or 10 or whatever 200 free relay times in the NCAA right now. A fast fact check for claims on swimming times that I don’t know off the top of my head and don’t want to spend the time on looking up, because I know computers can do it faster.

Swimmer
Reply to  SwimFan
3 years ago

Sorry to burst your bubble but not even close. NC State at the Ohio State Invite went 19.06, 18.9, 18.7 and 19.05 but otherwise it is was a good swim. Sun Devils definitely making progress, should be top 10 this year.

SwimFan
Reply to  Swimmer
3 years ago

Craig swam a 19.06 anchoring the 200 Medley Relay. I thought he swam it as a lead off in the 200 Free Relay.

Still a great time and I agree, Sun Devils are making huge progress! And may I add, BOTH Men’s & Women’s are making huge progress with just 2 years under Coach Bob Bowman! I also agree, Men’s will be a Top 10 Team this year, and Women’s will be a Top 20 or Top 25 easily this year…and Top 5 Women’s at PAC-12 Championships!!! Way to GO DEVILS…??☀️?

Korn
Reply to  SwimFan
3 years ago

3 years

SwimFan
Reply to  Korn
3 years ago

Second recruiting year for ASU under Coach Bob Bowman!

Swimmer
Reply to  SwimFan
3 years ago

A 19.06 relay split is probably equivalent to a 19.5 flat start. A good time but not spectacular.

SwimFan
Reply to  Swimmer
3 years ago

19.50 is about right and is still a Top 10 time in the nation…which is a great position to be in before the conference and the NCAA Championships!!!

Way to go Cameron Craig! You make the SunDevil Nation very proud…??☀️?

Swimmer
Reply to  SwimFan
3 years ago

Another bubble burst. According to USA swimming, The Top 10 time is 19.27. A 19.5 would be a tie for 23rd place. Try again.

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  Swimmer
3 years ago

Maybe SwimFan meant that 19.5 is a top 10 dual meet time.

Swimmer
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
3 years ago

Ironically 23rd Place with a 19.5 is Cameron Craig.

SwimFan
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
3 years ago

Thank you, Artvandelegh10! I go to College Swimming site and chose DIV 1 but missed to change the Conference to ‘All’. ?

Drama King
Reply to  Swimmer
3 years ago

He won’t swim 50 free at ncaa’s.
Probably will go for 2 individual events and 5 relays. If he swims a third event, it will be 200 im.

mikeh
3 years ago

Wow I wonder how conference will go!

Name
3 years ago

No exhibition from ASU men? Classy

Sensitive?
Reply to  Name
3 years ago

Augie took care of all the softening needed in his quotes.

“ASU has a real good dual meet team.” For the men

“If we had just won a couple of the close ones, we would’ve won the meet.” For the women

Sounds like the Cats are going to be mediocre for awhile.

AZswim
Reply to  Name
3 years ago

Why would he exhibition? Because he didn’t want to hurt the little wildcat’s FEELINGS? These men are in college. If you don’t want to lose, swim faster.

Dudeman
Reply to  Name
3 years ago

And the problem with that is? If they have the depth to sweep events then why wouldn’t they? It doesn’t matter at NCAA’s if a team wins by 200 points so why should it matter at in-season duel meets?

Jeffrey
3 years ago

Good for keeping score correctly. I have never understood exhibitioning… name of the game is recruiting. “Keep it classy” Bowman just gave Busch lite a lesson

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  Jeffrey
3 years ago

I think exhibitioning takes place to make it look like the team getting crushed didn’t get beaten as badly when the AD/higher ups see the team scores. The swimmers could care less. Swimming fans on message boards seem to be the ones that get most upset when a team exhibitions.

paloozas
3 years ago

wow – excited for pac-12s!

Azfan400
3 years ago

Busch is the worst thing that happened to Arizona in the last 25 years. I think he is in place to dismantle the program. I don’t think he will recruit ANYONE of note. Especially not anyone that is a sprinter. Program will be defunded in 3 years if he stays in place…

SwimFan
Reply to  Azfan400
3 years ago

This is a bold statement to make. I am a Sun Devil fan but I don’t think is a good thing to happen to the swimming community, college swimming and our competition.

Nepotism
Reply to  Azfan400
3 years ago

He did his best to destroy the program at Virginia. But that is what happens when you run the program based on double standards and deceit.

Justin Wright
Reply to  Azfan400
3 years ago

I mean, theres a multitude of different factors for the decline of my program. Technically, ever since I got recruited to Arizona it’s been in decline. Is that my fault? Sure hope not. Regardless of who you point your finger at, the Arizona program represents a heck of a lot more than just the people here now. To place whatever hate you have for my coach onto my program just doesn’t make sense. In my opinion, Busch is the best thing to happen to my program in my whole 4 years. We’ll see what happens in the near future, but I’ll put money on Arizona’s best years ahead of us, not behind.

Current Wildcat
Reply to  Azfan400
3 years ago

I think that unless you are currently a part of the UA swim program at this very moment you cannot make that claim. There is so much online hatred of Augie that is unwarranted and uniformed and is definitely not reflective of the swimmers’ opinions who are currently coached by him. Rebuilding a top level program takes time–especially one that was on the decline. If you are truly an “AZ Fan”, persisting this false narrative of how destructive he is for UA is definitely not helping. Busch and the rest of his staff have helped bring back an amazing culture and this is the beginning of another great era of UA swimming. You and others can keep underestimating us, and… Read more »

Korn
3 years ago

Arizona women were only ranked 22nd! Is this considered an upset?

Dunc1952
Reply to  Korn
3 years ago

ASU Women came into the weekend 26th in the dual meet rankings, which, even beyond not having beaten the Wildcats in a dual meet in a quarter century, paints the outcome this weekend as an upset.

Nepotism
3 years ago

Who had a worse weekend,Busch Light or his lil bro? I’d say it’s a toss up.

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