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ASU swim and dive shines despite falling short to Cal and Stanford

ASU secured eight individual wins as well as two relay wins across the two meets

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ASU senior Danny Comforti competes in the men's 200 IM against the University of California on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center in Tempe, Arizona.

ASU's swim and dive fell short against Cal and Stanford in back-to-back meets over the weekend despite great individual performances in both meets.

On Friday, the men's team lost to No. 1 Cal 178-118 and the women's team lost to No. 4 Cal 190-110.

Sophomore Emma Nordin (1000 free), sophomore Grant House (200 IM), sophomore Nora Deleske (200 breast) and junior Silja Kansakoski (100 breast) secured individual wins against Cal. Nordin finished her race with a personal best of 9:59.85. 

Junior Youssef Selim and graduate student David Hoffer took the top two spots in both the 1M and 3M men's dives. Selim won the 1M, and Hoffer took first place in the 3M men's dive and second place in the 1M men's dive.

Selim also took third place in the 3M men's dive. 

Sophomore Ashley McCool and sophomore Frida Kaellgren took the top two spots in the 1M women's dive. McCool also secured second place in the 3M women's dive. 

On Saturday, the men's team fell short to No. 7 Stanford 176.5-121.5, and the women's team lost to No. 3 Stanford 198-96.

ASU's best performances on Saturday came in the men's 200 medley and 400 free relays. During the 200, the Sun Devils beat out Stanford by .35 seconds with a time of 1:26.29. In the 400 free, ASU beat Stanford with a time of 2:55.14.

"I don't know the last time ASU beat Stanford men in a relay, or two relays. But, it's decades. It's a very long time," Coach Bob Bowman said after the men's two relay wins. "So that's a very good thing for us." 

Junior Zach Poti (100 and 200 backstroke), sophomore Evan Carlson (50 free) and sophomore Carter Swift (100 free) all secured individual wins against Stanford. 

Poti swept the 100 and 200 backstroke races, finishing with times of 46.92 and 1:44.01, respectively. 

Carlson won the 50 free with a time of 19.86 and Swift won the 100 free with a time of 43.76.

"Zach Poti swam today much better than he did yesterday. Evan (Carlson) was on fire. These guys did a really nice job," Bowman said. 

The program will take on UA for the Territorial Cup in Tucson on Feb 9th at 12:00 p.m. MST. 

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Jeffrey HorstDigital editor-in-chief

Jeffrey Horst is the digital editor-in-chief of The State Press. He previously served as the publication's sports editor and worked at Cronkite News and

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