ASU swimming comes home to face another top-five swim team with No. 2/4 Texas coming in at 2 p.m. MT in Tempe.
Last weekend, the No. 10 Arizona State men’s team dropped both meets to top-ranked Cal and fifth-ranked Stanford. This weekend will not be a breath of fresh air for them either.
The second-ranked Texas men’s team won the NCAA championship last year, and makes a strong case of defending their title. Led by head coach Eddie Reese, the Longhorns won their previous two meets.
Texas looks strong in both butterfly events with Olympic gold medalist Joseph Schooling, a former Big 12 Men’s Swimmer of the Week, sweeping the 200- (1:44.95) and 100-yard butterfly (47.43) events in the last meet versus Auburn.
The Sun Devil men have the advantage in the 100-yard freestyle after sophomore Cameron Craig won that event against Stanford, but he will face close competition in the 50-yard with Texas’ Brett Ringgold swimming a faster time in his last meet.
Sophomore Youssef Selim scored top two finishes in the 1- and 3-meter events last meet against Stanford. Selim looks to be a favorite in the 3-meter, and could make a strong case for the 1-meter against the Longhorns’ Grayson Campbell.
On the women’s side, freshman Ashley McCool headlines the ASU team after being named Pac-12 Women’s Diver of the Week. McCool set the school record twice this past weekend against Cal and Stanford in the 3-meter.
A swimmer to watch for the Sun Devils is sophomore Claire Fisch after she placed second in the 50-yard freestyle and became closer to a B-cut. She looks to score for the women in this event.
Fourth-ranked Texas’ women’s team is led by Olivia Anderson, who won both breaststroke events and had the fastest breaststroke split (27.37) for the 200 medley relay. The women are unbeaten with six wins this season.