SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - In the 2017-18 season opener, the UC Santa Barbara men's swimming team faced off against the men of University of Southern California. The UCSB team finished in a close second to the PAC-12 team with a final score of 125-137.
The meet started with the 200 medley relay where the UCSB "A" team (1:30.59) got out-touched with a difference of 0.52 seconds. Billy Mullis (23.27) lead the team with the backstroke leg, followed by Marcello Quarante (26.07) taking the breakststroke leg, Yoessef Tibazi (21.44) in the butterfly leg, and Mason Tittle (19.81) for the freestyle leg. The USC "A" relay (1:30.07) took first.
Marcello Quarante took his first collegiate individual win in the 200 breaststroke (2:04.79). Christopher Havton came in fifth (2:11.17).
Logan Hotchkiss took his second win of the competition in the 500 freestyle (4:33.30) followed by teammate Eric Vanbrocklin placing third (4:40.32).
The Gaucho men will be back at UCSB's Campus Pool next Saturday, October 14 for their Intrasquad and Alumni races.