By Matthias McManus
- Arizona State intrasquad meet (25 yard course)
- Gold Women beat Maroon 110-71, Gold Men beat Maroon 114-86
Bob Bowman‘s freshman class lives up to the hype at Arizona State University’s Maroon and Gold Intrasquad swim meet.
ASU’s swim team divided into two teams with 24 on the Maroon team and 21 on Gold. Gold swept the team title with 224 points, the women’s with 110 points and the men’s with 114 points. The Maroon scored 157 points in the team score, 71 points in women’s and 86 points in men’s.
The ASU swim team was tired and there was no preparation going into the meet, according to head coach Bob Bowman.
“The training the team has done this season so far has been great,” Bowman said. “We trained this morning, they’re wearing practice suits and we had a typical hard week of training.”
Bowman noted that he was pleased with the swims today especially from the freshmen swimmers.
The freshman class won 10 out of the 18 individual events at the meet. Freshmen Chole Isleta, Kendall Dawson, Ben Olszewski and Cameron Craig all won two events at the meet. Claire Fisch and Gillian Rieth won one event.
Isleta helped the Gold team come back to win with her butterfly leg on the 200 medley relay. She also turned in the winning time of 2:03.91 in the 200 individual medley and 55.93 in the 100 backstroke.
“I was nervous for this meet today because it was my first time competing at the college level,” Isleta said. “The upperclassmen reassured the freshmen that this meet is nothing to worry about and that helped me with my nerves.”
Isleta noted that she needs to work on her underwaters moving forward with the season as well as her breaststroke.
Other freshman wins:
- Kendall Dawson won the 1,000 freestyle in 10:18.39 and 500 freestyle in 5:02.34.
- Ben Olszewski also won the distance double going a 9:24.00 in the 1,000 freestyle and 4:32.71 in the 500 freestyle.
- Cameron Craig won the 200 individual medley in 1:51.77 and the 100 freestyle in 45.48 out touching senior Thomaz Martins who swam the event in 45.61. Craig also split a 19.88 on the freestyle leg of the 200 medley relay and a 44.08 on the 400 freestyle relay.
- Claire Fisch won the 50 freestyle with the time 23.42 and Gillian Rieth won the 100 butterfly in 58.00.
Other notable swims:
- Patrick Park won the 100 butterfly in 48.50 just ahead of teammate Tadas Duskinas who touched the wall at 48.83. “Going out in a 21 in the 100 fly is not bad, I’m okay with that,” Park said. “Obviously I want to be better for my teammates, but I’ve got a lot of work to do before our next meet.”
- Richard Bohus won the 50 freestyle in 20.20 and the 100 backstroke in 48.24.
Assistant coach Dan Kesler expressed how much progress the team has made this year.
“Our team has improved so much from last year in racing, skill level and the team attitude,” Kesler said. “The swimmers know what to expect after a year with Bowman and are seeing some significant progress already.”
The practices are more intense than they were last year according to Kesler and it looks like it’s paying off.
“The team as a whole swam well, but I’m proud of what our freshmen did at this meet,” Kesler said.
Matthias McManus is a first semester sophomore at Arizona State University studying journalism and mass communication. Swam competitively for 14 years and previously swam for ASU freshman year. Social outreach coordinator for the State Press. Career goals include becoming an editor for a digital news publication.