SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UCSB men's swimming team displayed early that it was ready for its meet against Hawaii on Sunday, and with a pair of sweeps and other personal bests, the Gauchos routed the Rainbow Warriors, 141-112 points.
Head Coach Matt Macedo stated, "I thought our team performed well this weekend. We beat a tough Cal Poly team on the road and split with Hawaii at home. We had a good amount of in-season bests the last two days and look forward to our final fall dual meet against UCSD on Saturday. On the men's side, Mason Tittle continued to excel winning both sprint freestyles and coming from behind to win the medley relay by a few hundredths of a second. Billy Mullis won both backstrokes and was second in the 200 IM. Yoessef Tibazi put up a very impressive 47.92 in his 100 fly victory and was second in the 50 freestyle. Junior Eric VanBrocklin stepped up and swam and incredible lineup today. Eric was 3rd in the 1000, 3rd in the 200 fly and won the 500 freestyle. Those are three of the toughest events in a dual meet and he swam them all very well."
Mason Tittle swam an incredible race today in the 200 medley relay. He was behind by half a body length as he dove in to anchor the "A" relay. Over the two laps, he advanced towards the Hawaii swimmer and passed him at the final flags, securing the first win of the day for the Gaucho men. His time was an impressive 20.00 for the 50 freestyle.
Eric VanBrocklin pulled out ahead after the first 150 yards in the 500 freestyle. Then continued to charge ahead, earning a full body lengths lead by the halfway mark. Determined to win, he kept the lead and finished in first place with a time of 4:33.67. Eric had another great swim in the 400 freestyle relay. He went a 45.4 in the final leg of the race and secured the win for the Gaucho men.
Billy Mullis won a tough battle today against Hawaii's Metin Aydin in both the 100 and 200 backstrokes. Billy was not willing to be defeated in either race. First in the 100 backstroke, Billy had a lead after the first 50 and continue to hold onto the lead to win it with a final time of 48.71. Then in the 200 backstroke, it was Billy winning after every wall with great under water swims, and Metin catching up with the swims. Billy kicked it into gear the final lap and pulled ahead with his second first place of the day with a time of 1:46.00.
The men swept Hawaii in two different events today. This group included Kevin Mendoza (1:49.85), Chris Nolan (1:50.41), and Eric VanBrocklin (1:51.82) in the 200 butterfly. Then in the 100 freestyle we had Mason Tittle (45.09), Kian Brouwer (45.86), and Theo Velikov (46.91).
Following Billy in the 100 backstroke was teammates Ethan Archer (51.53) and Douglas Nogueria (51.90).
Another highlight race was the 200 butterfly were the men swept; taking first, second, and third places. These men included Kevin Mendoza (1:49.85), Chris Nolan (1:50.41), and Eric VanBrocklin (1:51.82).
Mason Tittle took his second win of the day in the 50 freestyle with a time of 20.44, just 0.44 seconds away from his amazing 200 medley relay performance. Right after came teammate Yoessef Tibazi (21.39) who was followed by four other men all with a 21 time. One of these men was Michael Forbes who finished with a 21.77, earning himself fifth place.
Teammates Ethan Archer (1:53.49) and Douglas Nogueira (1:55.58) followed after Billy Mullis in one of the highlight races of the day, the 200 backstroke. Ethan and Douglas took fourth and fifth places.
Join the UCSB men as they take on UC San Diego next Saturday at Campus Pool starting at 11am. Go Gauchos!