ASU women's swim and dive loses its third straight meet to UCLA

ASU fell short against UCLA, losing 160-140

With a final score of 160-140, the ASU women's swim team notched their third straight loss in its match-up against Pac-12 powerhouse UCLA.

The squad was able to push for sweeps in the 200 BR and the 200 IM late in the meet along with multiple other first-place finishes, yet still fell short of a team victory.

Sophomore Nora Deleske led the sweep in the 200 BR, followed by senior Marlies Ross and junior Silja Kansakoski. In the 200 IM, it was junior Chloe Isleta who led the pack, with Ross and Deleske coming up quick behind her to take second and third place.

Isleta continued to shine in individual events even as the team ultimately fell to the Bruins. She took the top spot in both the 100 and 200 BK in addition to her 200 IM victory. This is already the third sweep in the backstroke events she’s had this season, proving herself as one of the elite backstrokers in the conference. 

Sophomore Erica Laning earned another win for her season, taking first in the 200 FR. Freshman Ruby Martin got on the podium as well, taking second place for the 100 BR, right above Deleske, who came in at third. 

Sophomore divers Ashley McCool and Frida Kaellgren got on the board with second- and third-place performances in both the three meter and one meter events. 

Even with Isleta's and Laning’s early victories, the Sun Devil’s struggled to get things moving early on. ASU’s slow start paved the way for UCLA to take a large lead that was unsurmountable by the end of the meet. 

Next, both the men and women’s teams will be competing at the three-day Indiana Invitational beginning on Thursday, Nov 15 in Bloomington, Indiana. After that, the program will resume conference play nearly two months later on January 12 against Washington State


Reach the reporter at kcdoyle2@asu.edu or follow @kellydoyle06 on Twitter. 

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