Olympic sports roundup: ASU swimming and diving have historic performance
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The ASU men’s swimming and diving team successfully completed their 2022 campaign at the NCAA Championships with several best individual results.
The first day, senior redshirt Grant Housesecond year in red shirt Jack Dolansecond year in red shirt John Heaphyjunior red shirt Cody Bybeefirst-year student patrick samonfirst-year student Leon Marchand and sophomore in red shirt Julien Hill all finished in the top eight in their respective relays, earning them CSCAA All-American status for the day.
Dolan, Heaphy, Bybee and House clocked a collective time of 1:22.25 in the 200 medley relay that beat the program best time of 1:22.75. The Sun Devils finished in 5th place after day one, behind Texas, Florida, California and NC State.
On day two, standout freshman Marchand became the fastest 200 IMer in NCAA history by winning the event with a time of 1:37.69. With this performance, Marchand became the first NCAA champion for the Sun Devils since 2000.
Marchand wasn’t the only record breaker as Dolan, House and Bybee’s 1:14.85 mark in the 200 freestyle relay was the best in program history. After the end of the day, the Sun Devils remained in 5th place overall.
On the final day, Marchand finished second in the 400 IM with a score of 3:34.08 which broke the school record and his personal record of 3:34.45.
House also finished in second place, but that was in the 200 free with a mark of 1:30.68 as he finished just half a second behind Texas. Drew Kibler. The Sun Devils would drop to 6th place overall after matchday three.
Marchand capped off his incredible run in the NCAA Tournament on Day Four by winning the 200 breaststroke with a mark of 1:48.20 which is now a new ASU record.
The Sun Devils finished the NCAA Championships in 6th place, posting their best result since 1982.
ASU women’s lacrosse ended its California road trip with a win at Cal and a loss at USC.
The Sun Devils were able to bounce back against Cal with a 21-18 win after losing to Stanford.
Graduate striker carley adams led the Sun Devils in points with five goals. graduate midfielder Taylor Pinzone followed closely with four goals. Graduate forwards Emily Glagolev, Emily Munro and second Mina Scott each added three. graduate midfielder Maria Villanti added two and senior midfielder Kaylon Buckner added one.
First year guard Katie Vahle started in the net once again, allowing 11 goals and making two saves. Second year goaltender Flynn Murphy substituted at halftime, allowing seven goals and making five saves to give the Sun Devils the win.
The Sun Devils ended their road trip with a 17-10 loss to the USC Trojans.
Pinzone, Munro and Adams led the Sun Devils in scoring with two goals apiece. Buckner, Glagolev, Scott and graduate midfielder Maddy Hunter each added a goal.
Vahle played all 60 minutes, allowing 17 goals and making eight saves in his eighth straight start for the Sun Devils.
The Sun Devils led the Trojans 19-12 in draw checks but were unable to earn the win.
ASU returned to Tempe Sunday at 11 a.m. MST to take on Florida, losing 21-10.
The Sand Devils staged their second and final home meeting Thursday at their new facility. The team went 0-2 that day, being swept 5-0 by No. 7 GCU and No. 8 Stanford.
The same pair of Bordis and Waters were on course for a win over Stanford but also fell in three sets in that game.
ASU entered the Pac-12 South Tournament 10-8 and will wrap up the tournament on Sunday night.
ASU men’s golf participated in the 32nd annual Duck Invitational hosted by the University of Oregon March 21-22. The Sun Devils finished tied for third, beating the par by 17 points.
First-year student Josele Ballester earned a fifth-place finish with a one-under-par score in his first collegiate tournament. Ballester was the highest ranked Sun Devil.
First-year student Preston Summerhays was able to come away tied for 15th, while senior Cameron Sisk finished tied for 23rd.
The men’s golf team is already in Palm City, Fla., for their next tournament, the Valspar Open, March 28-29.
The ASU track and field team held its second consecutive home meeting on March 25-26. The ASU Invitational saw Arizona’s four major collegiate athletic teams come together along with four other schools.
The Sun Devils picked up where they left off last weekend and won seven events over the weekend with many athletes recording personal bests and national marks.
freshman pitcher Ralford Mullings put on a great performance after his second discus event as the Sun Devil, winning the collegiate best throw of 63.50 meters. His throw was more than three feet further than the previous mark.
Graduate student hammer thrower Beatrice Llano again won gold in her event with a throw of 67.50 meters, just short of a personal best. Llano currently holds the fifth-farthest throw for NCAA women.
Second year sprinters justin robinson and Jamar Marshall Jr. both won gold medals in their 400 meter and 110 meter hurdles races, respectively. Marshall is tied for the seventh fastest time in the NCAA for the 110m race, while Robinson’s time of 45.88 seconds is second best in the nation for the 400m.
Junior distance runners Lena Lebrun and Vincent Mauri both won gold medals in their 1500 meter races. Both runners managed to secure season-best finishes, with Lebrun squeezing four seconds off her previous record. Mauri’s time of 3:43.67 is good for 20th in the country.
The track and field team will send its distance runners next weekend April 1-2 to the Stanford Invitational.
Justin SpangenthalSports journalist
Justin Spangenthal is a reporter for The State Press, currently covering men’s golf and athletics. Justin transferred to ASU last January and plans to graduate Fall 23. He is passionate about journalism and hopes to one day launch his own media outlet.
Catherine FieldSports journalist
Kathryn Field is a full-time sports reporter, covering women’s basketball and lacrosse for The State Press. She previously worked for The State Press as a freelancer, covering many different sports.
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