ASU women's swimming can't recover from slow start, falls to UCLA

Sophomore Marlies Ross won three events, one of the bright spots for the Sun Devils

The second leg of a back-to-back can be tough on an athlete in any sport, swimming included. 

Recording fast times the morning after an afternoon meet can be difficult, and the ASU women's swim team fell into an early hole it dug itself.

The Sun Devils' hoped to continue the momentum they built late in their contest on Friday with USC. Instead, they suffered a second consecutive defeat, this time at the hands of No.15 UCLA, 162-131, from Spieker Aquatics Center in Los Angeles.

UCLA's A relay kicked off the meet with a victory in the first event, the 200-yard medley relay (1:42.00). The Bruins followed that up with victories in the first three individual events, and won 10 of 16 events overall.

Sophomore Marlies Ross put together her best performance of the young season, recording wins in the 100- (1:04.03) and 200-yard (2:16.67) breaststroke, and the 200-yard IM (2:04.13).

As a team, the individual medley was the strongest event for ASU, with freshmen Chloe Isleta (2:04.33) and Emily Glinecke (2:10.39) finishing second and third respectively.

Ross kept the Sun Devils close, scoring 27 points on her own.

Senior, co-captain Alysha Bush continued her dominance of sprint freestyle events, winning both the 50- (22.79) and 100-yard free (50.12).

ASU left the city of angels with an overall record of 3-2 (0-2 in the PAC-12).  

Up Next:

Both the men's and women's team return to the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center for practice this week, before competing in the Art Adamson Invitational on the campus of Texas A & M in College Station, Texas (Nov. 17-19).

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