It’s been nearly two years since Arizona State University’s diving program essentially collapsed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. But like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the Sun Devil Swim and Dive team has recruited two new divers to complete the remainder of the 2021-2022 campaign.
Thomas Wesche and Zachory Lundgren will come in just in time for Friday’s away game against No. 10 Stanford, and will play a vital role that the men’s team did not have at the start of the year.
The only meeting in which the ASU men’s team was able to swim was a match with USC losing to the state of Arizona by 155.5 to 138.5. But while USC had divers available, ASU did not. The Trojans got 32 points from the combination of diving events in which the Sun Devils were unable to participate.
Looking at the new divers, Wesche is a sophomore transfer from Grand Canyon University. He finished fifth on the 3-meter board for GCU twice – once in an encounter against NAU and again in the Western Athletic Conference Championships in 2021.
In high school, Wesche had two podium finishes at the 2020 AAU National Championships and was a finalist for the High School State Championships. He also set a team diving record for Flagstaff High School.
The second diver, Lundgren, used to dive at the University of Hawai’i. He returns to his hometown of Chandler, Arizona as he sets his sights on the Maroon and Gold waters. At the 2020-2021 NCAA Championships, Lundgren finished 38th overall after 237.5 points over six dives.
During his junior year at Basha High School, Lundgren came in second in the 1M Dive at the Division 2 AIA State Championships. He continued his strong performance with a resounding 1st place finish in the 1M Dive at the Division 1 State Championships a year later.
The sudden rebellion of the dive team will be a huge help to the maroon and gold. Wesche and Lundgren can participate in the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events, and ASU gets points if a top-3 finish is achieved.
Head Dive Coach Marc Briggs was ecstatic about the return of the ASU Dive Program and posts regularly on social media about recruiting opportunities.
“I look forward to the return of the diving competition to ASU and am excited to assist in the production of our overall team,” Briggs said of the new program.
The encounter against Stanford is a big test for the Sun Devils. The team has looked sensational thus far and has shocked the NCAA swimming world, but it’s worth taking on a challenge if ASU has the strength to stick with the powerhouse swim schools like Texas or Florida.
It’s safe to say that an ASU crew desperate for talent on the boards brings in two hugely impressive young divers to fill the gap. If the Sun Devils eventually win in the Stanford or California meetings, the team may have Marc Briggs, Thomas Wesche and Zachory Lundgren to thank for their efforts.