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East Valley briefs: ASU's Nuess 5th in 400 IM at NCAA meet

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Posted: Saturday, March 29, 2008 1:55 am | Updated: 10:31 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Arizona State's C.J. Nuess and Micky Benedetti finished in the top 10 of their events Friday at the NCAA men's swimming and diving championships in Federal Way, Wash.

Nuess finished fifth in the 400-yard individual medley championship final with a time of 3 minutes, 44.82 seconds.

Benedetti placed 10th overall in 3-meter diving. The junior scored 363.15 points in the consolation final.

The Sun Devils jumped five spots and sit in 17th place with 33 points.

Albert Subirats helped Arizona move into position for its first men's swimming title, winning the 100 butterfly in 45.07 for his third career NCAA victory. The Wildcats lead with 376 points. Texas is second with second with 285, followed by Stanford (231) and California (222.5).

TENNIS

The No. 15 ASU women's team beat Stanford for the first time in coach Sheila McInerney's 24-year tenure, beating the Cardinal 4-3 Friday in Tempe.

The Devils (12-3) swept the doubles matches, and ASU's Kelcy McKenna, Micaela Hein and Laila Abdala all won their singles matches against the Cardinal (12-4).

The No. 15 ASU men (12-1) dropped their first match of the season in their Pac-10 opener, getting swept by No.34 Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif.

FOOTBALL

Playboy informed Arizona State officials on Friday that kicker Thomas Weber is a member of the magazine's preseason All-America team.

Weber, a freshman, made 24 of 25 field goal attempts last season and won the Lou Groza Award.

The Playboy All-Americans will be honored May 9-11 at the Pointe Tapatio Cliffs in Phoenix.

Weber is the 16th ASU player to be named a Playboy All-American, the first since tight end Zach Miller in 2006.

SOFTBALL

Sparked by Katie Crabb's two-run home run in the sixth inning, No. 1 ASU (37-2) rallied from a two-run hole to get a 4-2 win over No. 23 California (31-11) in their Pac-10 opener in Berkeley, Calif.

Caylyn Carlson also homered and Mindy Cowles drove in a run with a triple for ASU. Katie Burkhart allowed two runs and struck out seven.

TRACK AND FIELD

Jessica Pressley won the women's hammer event with a toss of 213 feet that improved her No. 2 standing in ASU history on the first day of the ASU Invitational in Tempe. Her mark also is the 10th best in Pac-10 Conference history.

Tai Battle placed third in the hammer, hitting 201-2 and moving into third on the all-time list at ASU.

In the men's hammer, Tomas Navarro improved his personal best to 200-2, placing fourth overall. Both Navarro and Jason Lewis qualified for the regional meet in hammer.

GYMNASTICS

Four ASU gymnasts were named to the Pac-10 All-Academic team.

Ashlee Hinkle earned second-team honors, and Kaitlynn Bormann, Carrie Finley and Tia Orlando earned honorable mention accolades.

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