Jul 112011

TEMPE, AZ (KPHO) – An Arizona State University swimmer drowned after sneaking into the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center on the ASU campus early Monday morning.

James Rigg and Andrew Schneller, both 22 and former members of the ASU swim team, scaled the wall of the complex to go swimming after midnight, said Jim Hardina of the ASU Police Department.

While swimming, Schneller spotted Rigg at the bottom of the pool and called 911, Hardina said.

Rigg was taken to Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead around 3 a.m.

“I just really feel bad for this kid’s family and friends,” said ASU instructor Chad McCallister. “The swim team is a very close-knit community. This is just terrible.”

“It makes you start to value your own life and each day you are living,” said ASU student Anna Daly. “You can’t take things for granted because you don’t know when a freak accident like that is going to happen.”

Rigg, of Niwot, CO, attended the University of Wyoming for two years before coming to ASU.

Hardina said police do not suspect foul play.

However, there are still questions about whether alcohol or a possible underlying medical condition was a factor.

A remembrance memorial was held Wednesday night on the ASU campus.

One classmate described Rigg as a likeable, outgoing, friendly guy, who loved swimming.

Rigg was expected to graduate with a degree in Electrical Engineering this December.

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