Gauchos Set for Pac-12 Championships

Ryan Garcia (Photo by Wendy Allen)
Ryan Garcia (Photo by Wendy Allen)

Pac-12 Swimming Championships
Feb. 29-March 3, 2012
at East Los Angeles College (Monterey Park, Calif.)
Live Results

• Take Your Marks
The UCSB men's swimming team will travel south this week for its second appearance at the Pac-12 Swimming Championships, which will be held Wednesday through Sunday. Last season, UCSB placed sixth with 184 points during its inaugural appearance in the conference's championships.

• Diving In
Gaucho divers Nic Grantham and Ryan Gerard made their first appearances at the Pac-12 Diving Championships last weekend in Federal Way, Wash. The meet opened with the three-meter competition. Gerard took 16th with 205.20 points and Grantham placed 18th with 134.80 points. On Friday, the twosome took on the one-meter board with Gerard taking 15th (213 points) and Grantham taking 18th (169.8 points). The meet concluded with the platform competition and each had their top finish of the weekend. Grantham placed 13th with 176.75 points and Gerard took 16th with 173.15 points.

• Senior Citizens
UCSB will be led in large part this week by a group of very talented and competitive seniors. Chris Peterson, Kevin Ferguson, Ryan Garcia, Kevin Kuhn, Evan Simoni and Garrett Thompson will each be competing in their final collegiate championship.

• For The Record
Last season, UCSB broke four school records at the Pac-10 Championships. Chris Peterson took down Jason Lezak's records in the 50 and 100 free. The 800 free relay team of Garrett Thompson, Lucas Norman, Ryan Hanni and Mike London set a new school standard (6:30.06) and the team of Peterson, Hanni, Thompson and Kevin Ferguson broke the 400 free relay with a time of 2:52.90. Thompson is the first Gaucho record-breaker this season; he set a new 200 free record (1:36.36) at the Texas Invitational in December.

• Season In Review
During the 2011-12 dual meet season, the UCSB men went undefeated for the first time in program history, compiling a 6-0 record. The Gauchos also had outstanding team performances at the Arena Invitational, where they took second, and the Texas Invitational, where they placed seventh among some of the nation's top programs.