Aztecs finish second at Chick-Fil-A Invitational


FRESNO, California. – The San Diego State Swim and Dive team finished second in the 2021 Chick-Fil-A Invitational on Saturday morning at the Fresno State Aquatics Center, highlighted by a victory for Klara Thormalm in the 200 breaststroke.

The Aztecs entered the final day of competition in second place, 11 points ahead of UCLA. Powered by Thormalm’s victory in the 200 breaststroke, SDSU edged the Bruins by 9.5 points, 679.5 to 670.0. San Diego State’s second place in the event is its fifth of five times six teams have contested for the title.

California won the event with a score of 1,481.5. After the Aztecs and UCLA came Fresno State (396), Washington State (307) and San Jose State (221).

Thormalm, for the second day in a row, won the breaststroke event. In Saturday’s 200 breaststroke, she hit the wall in 2: 14.95 to dominate her teammate Kristina murphy who was second in 2: 15.32. Ashlyn Hemphill was the next Aztec to complete, in 18e in 2: 27.29, and Jessie mcmurray was 21st in 2: 28.34.

In the first race of the day, the 400 Medley Relay, the Aztec team from Riley tapley, Thormalm, Cassandra Phillips, and Meredith smithbaker finished fourth in 3: 44.86, while Mai McKenna, Sammy Geyer, Lizzie menzmer, and Cathy Cooper finished in 14e take place in a time of 3: 58.31.

San Diego State’s top player in the 1650 Free was Paige mitchell in fourth place, in 17: 51.10, and just behind it, in 17: 58.20, was Ryan dulaney in fifth.

Evonne Stehr (2: 07.45) and Tapley (2: 07.47) led the Aztecs in the 200 backstroke, finishing in 15e and 16e place, respectively. In 18th place was Alex roberts in 2: 08.46, while McKenna touched in 19e place in 2: 09.70, and Lexi anderson finished in 23rd in 2: 12.81.

Phillips, who swam a 52.36 and was 13e in the 100 freestyle, was San Diego State’s first finisher in the race. In 20e, 23rd and 25e, respectively, were Emily gebhardt (53.37), Geyer (53.62) and Smithbaker (53.68). Cooper came home in 53.86 and 27e place, Lauren Torchiana was 28 years olde in 53.98 and Menzmer finished in 54.33 and in 31st place.

In the 200 Fly, the best times for San Diego State were 2: 08.85 and 2: 08.97 from Gebhardt (16e place) and Mitchell (17e place). Anderson was 23rd in 2: 11.57, and Fiona Trotz-Chavez finished in 27e in 2: 15.31. Wilma johansson swam like a show and finished in 1: 59.93 which was the third fastest time of the day.

In the final swim event, the 400 freestyle relay, the team of Smithbaker, Phillips, Thormalm and Murphy was third in 3: 24.10. Stehr, Menzmer, Geyer and Cooper recorded the eighth fastest time with a time of 3: 29.63. In 14e place, Mitchell, Torchiana, Trotz-Chavez and Gebhardt touched down in 3: 38.70. Dulaney, Hemphill, Roberts and Tapley were 17e in 3: 39.96, and McKenna, McMurray, Anderson and Johansson finished in 3: 47.22 and 21st place.

In the 1-meter diving competition, Ximena Lechuga Gonzalez was second with a score of 258.80. From fourth to seventh place were Gillian garcia (243.40), Lexi letts (236.65), Gina Cazares (234.05) and Westmoreland Summer (223.35), respectively. Emma Duggan (216.30) was ninth, Olivia zamudio (208.00) finished tenth and Juliana Harrison (205.25) finished in 11e place.


In each of the five times the Chick-Fil-A Invitational has been contested between six teams, the Aztecs have finished in second place. Last year, as a three-team event, the Aztecs were the winners.


San Diego State returns to action on Friday, October 22, when it puts its 29-game winning streak in doubles competition on the line at Loyola Marymount on the line. The event is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. PT.


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