Jason Lezak may be UCSB’s current ambassador to Olympic swimming, but before Lezak, there was Richard Schroeder, who won Olympic gold with Team USA in 1984 in Los Angeles and 1988 in Seoul for his legs of the 400-meter medley relay.
Former UC Santa Barbara swimmer Jason Lezak qualified for his fourth Olympic Games on Friday evening after finishing sixth in the 100-meter freestyle at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha. He will swim on the U.S. 400-meter freestyle relay at the London Olympic Games.
On June 25 the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials will begin in Omaha, Nebraska, and UCSB will make its presence felt. 16 Gauchos will compete in the trials, which end on July 1, as they try to bring a little Santa Barbara sunshine to London for the 2012 Olympics.
Between the 50 freestyle and the 200 freestyle relay, the UCSB swimming team’s sprinters were busy on the second day of the Pac-12 Swimming Championships, being held through Saturday at East Los Angeles College.
UC Santa Barbara’s men’s swim team is ranked second in the latest Collegeswimming.com Division I Mid-Major poll, which was released this week. The Gauchos garnered 243.23 points and are second behind No. 1 ranked Princeton (251.35 points).
The UC Santa Barbara swim teams had several fast swims on Friday evening, which marked the second day of competition at the 2011 Arena Invitational, which is being held at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool through Saturday.
The UC Santa Barbara swim teams completed action at the 2011 Arena Invitational, which was being held at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool, on Saturday evening. The Gaucho men had an impressive showing, taking second overall, while the women placed seventh.
The UCSB swim and dive teams traveled up Highway 101 to Cal Poly on Saturday to compete in their second dual meet in as many days. The men’s team remained undefeated as it posted its third dual win of the season, 167-121. The women fell to the Mustangs, 177.5-117.5.
The UCSB swim and dive teams posted a pair of dual meet victories over visiting UC San Diego on Friday afternoon at Campus Pool. The men came from behind to edge out the Tritons, 154-140 and the women posted a 173-127 win.