TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Stanford men's and women's swimming and diving teams proved themselves worthy of their lofty rankings as each defeated its counterpart from Arizona State Friday at Stanford's deGuerre Pool. The second-ranked Cardinal men held off #12 ASU 126-116, while on the women's side the #18 Sun Devils fell 147-92.
The Arizona State men (2-4) kept the contest close thanks in large part to the strength of its relay teams. The 400-yard medley relay team of Pablo Abal, Adam Guzauskas, Atilla Czene and Scott VonSchoff opened the meet with an NCAA consideration time of 3:17.19.
Freshman Anders Lyrbring and sophomore Simon MacDonald joined Abal and VonSchoff on the 400 freestyle squad, which also posted a victory in sub-NCAA consideration time (2:59.76). VonSchoff also notched a victory as an individual, touching first in 100 free competition at 45.40, just ahead of MacDonald (45.62). Czene, a freshman making his Sun Devil debut, took top honors in the 200 individual medley (1:48.10) and placed second in 200 butterfly action with his time of 1:49.89. The native of Hungary set an Olympic record in the 200-meter IM at the 1996 Games in Atlanta with his gold-medal winning time of 1:59.91. ASU also got help from divers Marc Briggs and Allan Sonkin, who finished in the top two spots, respectively, in both one and three-meter competition.
In women's action, the third-ranked Cardinal posted victories in 11 of the 13 events staged. ASU (3-2) sophomore Riley Mants won the 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:18.32, while the Devils' 400 free relay squad of Claire Hedenskog, Sarah Adams, Tennille Taylor and Casey Murphy touched the wall first in 3:32.22. In addition, sophomore Sarah Baham broke Betsi Hugh's seven-year-old school record in the 200 fly with her personal-best time of 1:59.73. However Baham was beaten out by Stanford junior and Phoenix native Misty Hyman for first place (1:57.32).
Both Sun Devil teams return to action tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. PST in a mixed dual meet at California, which features the fifth-ranked men's and women's programs in the country.