Swim and dive comes up short against UCLA, USC

11-16-09 Swim
Freshman Caroline Kuczynski competes in the women’s 200-meter butterfly during a meet against USC on Saturday at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center.(Matt Pavelek | The State Press)
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Monday, November 16, 2009
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Despite several strong performances, the ASU swimming and diving teams came up short against top Pac-10 competition.

The women’s swimming team countered UCLA on Friday, falling 160-140.

The men and women’s teams then both lost to USC on Saturday. The women’s team dropped to 3-3 (1-2 Pac-10). The men fell to 0-4 (0-1).

The women’s team started Saturday’s duel with a hard-earned victory in the 200-medley relay, beating the Trojans by just three one-hundredths of a second, clocking in at 1:43.35.

Sophomore Rebecca Ejdervik placed first in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:02.47.

The ASU men’s team swept the 500-meter freestyle event. Freshman Caleb Veazey won with a time of 4:47.44. Freshman Sean Niccolucci took second, and junior Adrian Kirkpatrick placed third.

Sophomore Xavier Mohammed continued his impressive start to the season, finishing first in three races. He won the 200-meter butterfly with a time of 1:52.11.

Mohammed also finished first in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:47.80 and later won the 200 individual medley in 1:52.20.

“I won, so it felt good,” Mohammed said. “The backstroke was probably my best one. I didn’t expect that at this point of training.”

ASU coach Dorsey Tierney-Walker said she is optimistic about the progress the Sun Devils are making early in the season despite the weekend’s results.

“As far as pure racing and competing to win a meet, we’re getting much, much better, the women in particular,” she said.

Freshman Shannon Landgrebe also stood out in both matches over the weekend. In the UCLA meet Landgrebe won the 100- and 200-meter freestyle events.

In the match against USC, Landgrebe took first in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 51.21 and placed second in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:49.00, earning her first NCAA consideration time of the season.

In diving, sophomore Elina Eggers, a 2008 Olympic finalist from Sweden, swept the events against the Bruins.

She qualified for the NCAA Zone Meet in both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard events.

The team will head to Tucson this weekend for the Wildcat Invitational.

Reach the reporter at nicole.klauss@asu.edu.