LAS VEGAS, Nev.
In a three-way split meet, UC Santa Barbara faced off against UNLV and the U.S. Air Force Academy. The Gaucho women earned a win against UNLV, lead by freshman Heaven Quintana who grabbed five individual event wins total. The final score was 159.50 to 126.50. The Gaucho men dominated the men of UNLV with a score of 173 to 120, highlighted by junior Billy Mullis, who broke his own school record in the 200 backstroke. The men also overcame a 32 point diving deficit to hand the previously undefeated U.S. Air Force Academy their first loss. The final score was 148 to 146.
Day one of the meet brought UCSB a double win in the 400 yard medley relay, one for the men's "A" relay (3:19.82), one for the women's "A" relay (3:48.19). The Gaucho men followed up by going one-two in the 300 yard freestyle, Joseph Lastelic (2:36.97) touching first, and Eric Vanbrocklin (2:37.84) taking second.
Senior and women's team captain Cheyenne Low (26.10) edged out UNLV's Kyndal Phillips (26.95) in the 50 yard backstroke for the women, while the Gaucho men went one-two-three in the 50 yard backstroke. Touching first was senior Albert Miao (24.21), followed by Calvin Kirkpatrick (24.37) in second, and Jake Rollo (24.69) in third.
Low racked up two more individual backstroke event wins on day two, touching first in both the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 55.85, and the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:02.03.
Junior Billy Mullis also dominated the backstroke individual events day two, touching first place in the 100 backstroke with a time of 48.32. In the 200 backstroke, Mullis (1:45.01) not only finished first, but also shattered his own school record. Without a tech suit, this kind of record breaking in a dual meet is unheard of. Douglas Nogueira (1:51.71) touched second to Mullis in the 200 yard backstroke, racking up more points for the Gaucho men.
The Gaucho women dominated the 400 yard freestyle relay, their "A" relay (3:31.35) won the event, followed closely by the "C" relay (3:36.48) in second, and "B" relay (3:36.77) in third.
In the 100 yard IM event, Heaven Quintana (57.48) won her first individual event for the Gaucho women, while the Gaucho men went one-two-three to beat out UNLV. Jonathan Panchak (51.45) lead the race, Billy Mullis (52.28) finished second, and Douglas Nogueira (53.19) placed third.
Rachel Kulik (25.65) and Yoessef Tibazi (21.91) both scored wins for their team in the 50 yard butterfly event.
In the 800 yard freestyle relay, the Gaucho women went one-two-three, their "B" relay ( 7:37.01) took first place, the "A" relay (7:39.58) placed second, and their "C" relay (7:49.67) took third. The Gaucho men followed suit in their 800 yard freestyle relay event, with their "B" relay (6:50.31) taking first place, and "A" relay (6:53.79) taking second.
Heaven Quintana crushed the competition and won all three individual breaststroke events this weekend, swimming an impressive 29.05 in the 50 yard breaststroke, 1:02.17 in the 100 yard breaststroke, and 2:18.85 in the 200 yard breaststroke. Brittney Straw (2:19.70) placed second, and An Nguyen (2:20.87) took third in the 200 yard breaststroke.
The Gaucho men and women came together in a rare event, the mixed men and women's 200 yard freestyle relay. This let UCSB's "A" relay (1:27.37) Yoessef Tibazi, Mason Tittle, Cheyenne Low, and Julia Mikota swim together and secure another first place win.
The UC Santa Barbara swimmers came back strong on Saturday for day two, starting the day with first place finishes for both the men and women in the 200 yard medley relay. The Gaucho women's "A" relay (1:42.83) grabbed first place, followed by the Gaucho men's "A" relay (1:28.90) win, both beating out the men and women of the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Joseph Lastelic (15:49.44) edged out the Air Force Academy's Andrew Faciszewski (15:49.82) in the men's 1650 yard freestyle.
UC Santa Barbara's Julia Mikota (23.48) swam an impressive race in the 50 yard freestyle, touching first place by half a second over Air Force Academy's Lydia Knutson. Mikota (51.40) stole a second win of the day in the 100 yard freestyle, while Catherine Boles (52.75) followed in close second.
Eric Vanbrocklin brought in another individual event win in the 500 yard freestyle, finishing with a time of 4:31.04.
Heaven Quintana (54.29) brought in her fifth individual event win of the meet, touching first in the 100 yard butterfly. Yoessef Tibazi (48.08) in first, and Kevin Mendoza (49.35) in second scored final points for the Gaucho men in the 100 yard butterfly, sealing their victory.
As the weekend comes to a close, UC Santa Barbara Head Coach Matt Macedo had some final thoughts on this unique and exciting meet: "My staff and I are very impressed with the way the group raced on Friday and Saturday. After being on a bus all day Friday, the group still put up some impressive times that evening. The different format was a lot of fun and allowed us to showcase our speed and swim some 'off' distances. Saturday we knew we had our hands full with UNLV along with a well coached and undefeated men's team from the Air Force Academy. I wasn't sure how the team would be feeling from the travel and from racing the night before but we had a number of in season best times despite these challenges. I cannot wait to see what this team will do next week against the Mustangs of Cal Poly in our final dual meet of the season"
Catch the Gaucho men and women next weekend, as they take on Cal Poly in their final dual meet of the season.