Gauchos Finish Seventh as Pac-12 Championships Conclude

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - The UC Santa Barbara men's swimming and diving team finished in seventh place as the Pac-12 Championships came to a close Wednesday at Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash. Tim Freeman set his second school record in as many days, this time in the 200 breaststroke. 

Freeman broke his own school record time of 1:56.86 by finishing in a time of 1:56.66 in the 200 breaststroke 'A' final. His time, which is an NCAA 'B' standard, was good enough to place Freeman eighth overall in the event. Andy Castilleja advanced to the 'B' final in the event and Tyler Jean made it to the 'C' final. Castilleja finished 12th overall (1:59.33), while Jean came in 18th (2:02.91). 

Wade Allen made it three straight days that he would advance to the 'A' final in his events. This time he was swimming in the 100 free and his time of 43.35, another NCAA 'B' standard, led to a sixth place finish. Allen set a season-best for the event and fell just short Chris Peterson's school record of 43.27. Ryan Hanni would advance to the 'B' final and his time of 44.48 was good for 13th overall. Chris Dotson (18th overall) and Andrew Latimer (24th overall) were other UCSB finishers in the 'C' final. 

Armen Darbinyan had the top Gaucho swim in the 1650 free as he would finish in 10th place overall. His time of 15:31.57 beat his season best by over twenty seconds. Andrew Barmann finished 12th in the event with his time of 15:33.08. 

In the 200 fly, Mickey Mowry qualified for the 'B' final and he would finish 12th overall with his NCAA 'B' standard time of 1:45.84. Randy Aakhus, in the 'C' final, would finish 20th overall with his time of 1:49.04. 

Collin Barrate marked his season-best time of 1:50.20 in the 200 backstroke and finished 21st overall after advancing to the 'C' final. 

UCSB placed sixth in the 400 free relay with Chase Lemley, Lucas Norman, Hanni and Allen posting a time of 2:56.53. 

In the men's platform diving competition, Nic Grantham had the team high score of 206.30 to place 17th overall. 

The Gauchos finished seventh overall with 230 points, topping only Cal Poly who had 112. Cal upset Stanford to win the meet while USC finished third.