Former ASU Swimmer James Rigg Drowns While Trespassing in University Pool

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James Rigg drowned in an ASU swimming pool on Monday.
A former Arizona State University swimmer drowned in a university-owned swimming pool early Monday morning, and authorities suspect alcohol was involved.

James Rigg and Andrew Schneller, both 22 and former members of the ASU swim team, sneaked into the Mona Plummer Aquatic Complex in Tempe about 1:30 a.m. Monday by hopping a fence surrounding the complex.

ASU Police Commander James Hardina tells New Times that Rigg and Schneller then had a contest to see which of them could swim the farthest under water. 

"When Scheneller came up he noticed Rigg was not swimming," Hardina says. "He thought Rigg got out of the pool and was hiding so he got out and looked around for him. Then, he noticed his friend had sunk to the bottom of the pool."

Hardina also points out that the pool is 18 feet deep and no lights were on.

Once he noticed Rigg on the bottom, Schneller pulled him out of the water and started giving him CPR before calling 9-1-1.

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

Hardina says no foul play is suspected -- the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office determined the cause of death to be an accidental drowning. However, the case is still open.

Schneller was cited for trespassing.

We've requested the official police report and will let you know if anything jumps out at us.

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Perspective
Perspective

Most of you are insanely rude. How dare you make assumptions or even make light of this situation. Death is never to be taken lightly. There are people reading this article then knew and cared about him and it is absolutely disgusting and insulting for someone who knew nothing of this individual to make any conjectures about him or his death especially in an insulting and nasty manner. If you don't have anything nice or productive to say, shut the fuck up and and don't bother wasting anyone's time who was bothering to take the time to care about this young man. Learn some respect and stop polluting the community with your disgusting and unnecessary retardation. Regardless of how his death came about, the only thing that matters now is providing love and care for his family members and honoring his memory, especially for the people who actually knew him.

guest2
guest2

James was an amazing kid and he is missed by many. My condolences to his family and friends. Anyone making nasty comments has some real issues.

Swimmergeorge
Swimmergeorge

My guess is that they had closed down Oktoberfest before heading to the pool. Both are former ASU Swimmers who knew the code to the pool lock. Alcohol induced tragedy. My heart goes out to all.

It's a shame some of the comments here are so nasty. Perhaps a bit more scrutiny of why ASU Swimming didn't better secure the pool... perhaps changing the code so former swimmmers no longer had access... motion detectors... something.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

Yeah, that's real funny Louise.   You're a regular comedian in your own mind at least.    I guess you'd act otherwise if it was one of your kids.   I'd tell you to grow up but you're probably as grown up as you'll ever get.   Have fun with other's deaths, no matter what the cause...

UofA_Louise
UofA_Louise

Yeah, I read this and my Gaydar went Clang Clang Clang. I'm just brainstorming here like that hag on "Murder She Wrote", but I'd look for a gerbil chief. I am thinking... gerbil, underwater asphyxiation sex, and bing bangdy boomd the catcher dude is at the bottom of the pool. Now, I'm putting on my "Profiler" hat.... I think it is probably another swimmer... someone who is the same age.... could have broken in that night with the deceased... mmm. Check his car for gerbil droppings.

lucky me
lucky me

It says they climbed the fence so I don't think changing the lock code will help....You can't "fool proof" a place to prevent drunken fools from being stupid when they're drunk.      Sorry for the family.

LAMiracleMile
LAMiracleMile

You are quintessential Arizona.. It ts no wonder why Arizona ranks in the bottom of the barrel  when it comes to education, with the likes of you walking around; most likely unemployed, and probably living in some trash ass neighborhood like South Scottsdale, or Mesa.. .. You should be proud to be in 49th smartest state.. you are obviously ignorant.. . Congratulations on being a despicable human being.. what next .. hit a dog? real nice Louise.. are you a closeted lesbian? or just a fat, tired old man with halitosis.. you may have to look that word up..

have some respect
have some respect

Honestly fuck you dick. whats your problem. why would you ever say such fucked up shit you worthless piece of trash

Bernie
Bernie

For sure, no one wants to admit their offspring is getting ass fucked by an ASU teammate. I mean, how embarassing is that? It happens all the time at ASU but nobody wants to admit it? I mean for God's sake it's faggotry. I  was reqruited by ASU but they were openly fag. I went with UofA which at least was Heterosexual. ASU at the time was openly faggot.

Guest
Guest

Disgusting...to make such awful comments about a young man's death. A family just lost a son and a brother. I hope you never have to experience such a tragedy because I believe in karma. 

James King
James King

That's why I requested the police report.

Salvador
Salvador

This bitch gets off on the anonymity the internet allows. Grow up, put your name on it.

Sparx44
Sparx44

Bernie, you're a real piece of work.  Your comments clearly demonstrate the fact that you are a white trash, racist, uneducated piece of trash.  

Floppyjugs
Floppyjugs

Yes, faggotry is disgusting for sure. I certainly find it disgustingly sick. Unfortunately, these Homofagulites has some butt sex they needed to deal with. I won't even speculate on why one fag kills another fag, but it is an ugly affair for the families no doubt. I would not want to be you!

LAMiracleMile
LAMiracleMile

Your face is what is probably disgusting, along with your attitude.. Thank god not everyone is Az. is as much of a dumbF.. as you.. Well, actually now that I think about it.. Az. is just about as dumb of a state as you can get.. right up there with Alabama.. So, it does not surprise me that you would write such things.. Now, go back to your trailer, and smoke your pall mall's .. ok honey?? most likely you don't have much else going on.. you're in Az.. ha ha..

 

 

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