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No. 17 Men’s ASU Swim/Dive downs No. 15 Wildcats in Tucson

by ZwemZa on February 10th, 2019

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In a tense meet that came down to the final relay, No. 17 Sun Devils men’s swimming and diving defeated the No. 15 Arizona Wildcats, 159.5-140.5, on Saturday afternoon at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center.

THE DETAILS

The men notched seven individual and one relay win in the meet, highlighted by Zach Poti’s wins in the 100 and 200 back. The senior has now swept the backstroke events three times this season, including last time out against Stanford. Grant House (200 free), Evan Carlson (50 free), Carter Swift (100 free), Youssef Selim (1 meter) and David Hoffer (3 meter) rounded out the ASU individual victories.

In addition to their top marks, the Sun Devils also had 25 podium finishes in the competition, five of those finishes put up by freshmen. Freshmen Noah Henry (100 back, 200 back), Cody Bybee (100 fly, 200 fly) and Khalil Fonder (100 fly) all contributed to the win. Seven men also set personal bests in their final regular season meet.

THE STATS

Individual Wins (7):
Zach Poti (100 back, 200 back)
Grant House (200 free)
Evan Carlson (50 free)
Carter Swift (100 free)
Youssef Selim (1M)
David Hoffer (3M)

Personal Bests (9):
Cody Bybee: 47.48 in 100 fly
Noah Desman: 50.43 in 100 fly
Noah Henry: 48.69 in 100 back | 1:45.69 in 200 back
Matthew Kint: 9:21.61 in 1000 free
Gage Kohner: 20.05 in 50 free
Jack Little: 4:29.24 in 500 free | 9:16.88 in 1000 free
Youssef Selim: 393.15 in one meter

THE PLAY-BY-PLAY

In a meet that began with a facility dedication and senior day festivities, the Sun Devil men came out firing from the beginning. After placing second in the 200 medley relay by just four-tenths of a second, Ben Olszewski followed by racing to a second place finish in the 1000 free to earn the mens’ first individual podium finish on the afternoon.

Sophomore Grant House followed in the next event with an exclamation point, taking first place in the 200 free by over one second. Carter Swift and Liam Bresette touched the wall soon after to add points for ASU.

Zach Poti notched a win of his own just minutes later, this time taking the top mark in the 100 back. Poti now totals three wins in that event this season, while Noah Henry added his first podium finish this year with a personal best of 48.69.

The Sun Devils notched third in both the 100 breast and 200 fly thanks to senior Danny Comforti and freshman Cody Bybee, respectively. Continuing his hot start to the season, sophomore Evan Carlson took gold in the 50 free and senior Gage Kohner finished a tenth of a second later in second place.

With the win, the Sun Devils headed into the first break trailing by one point, 66-65.

Over in the diving well, Youssef Selim and David Hoffer continued their dominance this season, sweeping the top two marks with Selim taking first in the one-meter springboard with Hoffer taking second. The pair again swept the top two spots in the three-meter springboard, this time with Hoffer taking the top spot and Selim in second.

Olszewski notched another silver finish in the 500 free, and the freshmen duo of Cody Bybee and Khalil Fonder combined to go 2-3 in the 100 fly.

At the second break, the Sun Devils found themselves with a more promising lead, 140-124 lead.

With just two events left, the ASU sent four to the block for the 200 IM. In a race that came down to the wire, House missed out on first place by just one one-hundredth (0.01) of a second. Comforti contributed points when he tied for third place, but with the win the Wildcats closed the gap going into the final event.

Both teams lined the deck cheering for their relays as ASU sent its A and B squads to the block. The Sun Devil A team held a steady lead through the first three legs of the 400 free relay, but the Wildcats A squad made a push in the final 100 yards.

Anchor House found himself neck-and-neck with the Wildcats’ anchor, but House ultimately touched the wall first by half of a second to secure the win for ASU. ASU’s B squad also took third in the event to bring the score to its final of 159.5-140.5.

UP NEXT

With the regular season coming to a close today, the Sun Devils turn their attention toward the postseason. Next up for the Sun Devils is the Pac-12 Championships in Federal Way, Washington. Fans can keep up the postseason action by following @ASUSwimDive on Twitter.

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