SANTA BARABRA, Calif. – In the 2016-17 season opener, the UC Santa Barbara men's swimming team faced off against the men of University of Southern California. The UCSB team gave several freshmen their first collegiate swims and put up a valiant effort against the Trojans in the 179-78 loss.
The meet began with the 200 medley relay where the UCSB "A" team (1:32.80) placed second. Jake Rollo (24.22) led off with the backstroke leg, followed by Jonathan Panchak (26.06) in breaststroke, Yoessef Tibazi (21.93) in butterfly, and Riley Ferguson (20.59) in freestyle. The USC "A" relay (1:28.94) took first in the event.
Freshman Joseph Lastelic placed second in his first collegiate individual event, the men's 1000 freestyle. Lastelic (9:45.09) came in behind USC's Pawel Furtek (9:41.57) and in front of third place finisher Jake Rollo (9:52.64).
Senior Yoessef Tibazi (46.09) followed up the 50's with a second place finish in the 100 freestyle.
Douglas Nogueira (1:51.92) was narrowly edged out by USC's Patrick Mulcare (1:49.02) to take second in the 200 backstroke.
Joseph Lastelic (4:42.08) challenged USC's Walker Bell (4:40.13) to a tight race in the 500 freestyle, just losing out to Bell in the final 50 yards.
Yoessef Tibazi (48.88) brought home the Gauchos' first win of the day in the 100 butterfly, beating out USC's Michael Domagala (49.35) by over half a second. Douglas Noguiera (52.41) followed up Tibazi's win with a 1-2-3 Gaucho victory in the first 100 IM event appearance in UCSB history. Tibazi (53.70) took second in the event, followed by Javier Lopez (54.33) in third.
The Gaucho men will be back at Campus Pool next Saturday, October 8 for their Intrasquad and Alumni races.