ASU Swimming: Sun Devils finish tough road trip at Stanford

ASU Swimming closes out their challenging road trip in the Bay Area to Stanford’s fifth-ranked men’s and third-ranked women’s teams.

On Friday, the tenth-ranked Sun Devil men lost 158-133 against the top-ranked Cal team, while the women lost 172-118 to the fifth-ranked women’s team.

The dive team stepped up greatly for the Devils yesterday, taking first in three events.

Freshman diver Ashley McCool performed well in both her dives, scoring first in the 3-meter (career-high 359.48) and second in the 1-meter.

Sophomore Youssef Selim led the men’s team with top scores in both events.

The scores from yesterday’s top performers give ASU an edge over Stanford, based on Stanford’s scores from their meet against Arizona yesterday.

The ASU men’s swim and dive team both have their work cut out for them with Stanford swimmer Abrahm DeVine and diver Tarek Abdelghany being honored as the most recent Pac-12 Men’s Swimmer and Diver of the week.

DeVine’s strongest events include the 50 and 150-yard backstroke and the 200-yard individual medley. Abdelghany won two events at the Bruin Invitational last weekend, and will pose a threat in the 1-meter to Selim.

Senior swimmer and November Pac-12 Men’s Swimmer of the Month Christian Lorenz leads the impressive group for the Sun Devils. Lorenz posted an ASU record in the 200-yard breaststroke (1:53.54) at the Texas Invitational in early December.  He will likely face off against Stanford’s Brennan Pastorek in this event.

The women are not getting much rest either, with Stanford featuring recent AP Female Athlete of the Year Katie Ledecky. The sophomore has already earned spots in the NCAA Division I Championships in the 200, 500 and 1650 free.

The distance team for ASU has looked solid all this season, led by sophomore Kendall Dawson and freshman Caitlyn Wilson, and this will be their toughest test of the season. Dawson placed third in the 200 and second in the 500-yard freestyle, while Wilson placed second in the 1000-yard freestyle yesterday.