UC SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara swim teams defeated UC San Diego in this weekend's dual meet on Nov. 4. The men finished with a score of 151-105 and the women 155-102.
UCSB started off fast, winning the first nine events of the day. The men went on to win nine of of sixteen events and the women took twelve of sixteen events.
Head coach Matt Macedo was pleased with the women's effort, "This was our last home meet in 2017 and the third meet in eight days for our women so I was happy with how we raced after a tough few weeks of training. We can now focus on tightening up the little things as we approach our fall focus meet, The UNLV Invitational. Rachel Forbes had a great swim in the 1650 coming within a few seconds of her lifetime best and followed that swim with a good 500 later. Brittney Straw's win in the 100 breast and 2nd place finish in the 200 breast were strong swims and Heaven Quintana had another great 100 fly along with an impressive 2:01.12 in the 200 fly."
R. Forbes took first place in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 17:02.28 averaging 0:29.50 per 50 yards. This swim was outstanding as she was within only five seconds of her best time. Then in the 500 freestyle she came back fighting and placed second (5:02.69) after teammate Haley Herzberg (5:00.75).
Straw has come back better than ever after her injuries from this summer. She won a first in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.23) and second in the 200 breaststroke (2:20.01). Straw was also apart of the UCSB "B" 200 medley relay team who took second (1:45.70) with teammates Allison Stevens, Jacquelyn Harris, and Leanne Sun.
Quintana has consistently won her individual events this season with no difference in this meet. She won firsts in both the 100 butterfly (54.21) and 200 butterfly (2:01.12). Quintana was followed by teammates Harris (55.97) and Rachel Kulik (57.04) who took second and third in the 100 butterfly. Quintana was also apart of UCSB "A" 200 medley relay that took first place (1:45.13) with teammates Tara Middleton, Kulik, and Lilly Helmuth-Malone.
Emily Ward (1:53.07) had a tough race in the 200 freestyle against UCSD but pulled out the win earning UCSB another nine points.
Stevens surprised the coaches with a great swim in the 100 backstroke winning first place (58.00). Middleton followed closely behind with a time of 58.61.
The 50 freestyle was an exciting race to watch, all eight women touched the wall with times of 24 seconds. Sun was the lucky winner who touched first (24.17).
Harris won her first individual event of the day in the 100 freestyle (52.11) after getting a second in the 100 butterfly.
Elena England (2:01.72) and Micah Toetter (2:06.65) placed first and second in the 200 backstroke contributing to the Gauchos win.
"For the men, Billy Mullis and Logan Hotchkiss both had multiple wins in their primary events and Billy's 3:57 in the 400 IM was a big swim for this time in the season. I think the team has performed well in our fall dual meets and I look forward to watching their hard work pay off next week", Macedo stated.
Mullis has regularly won his individual events this season. He did not disappoint against UCSD. Mullis placed first in the 100 backstroke (49.92), 200 backstroke (1:50.07), and 400 IM (3:57.77). He was also apart of the winning UCSB "A" 200 medley relay with teammates Marcello Quarante, Yoessef Tibazi, and Mason Tittle.
Hotchkiss also had a great swim in the 1650 freestyle earning first place (16:10.88) followed by teammates Joesph Lastelic (16:18.34) and Jake Rollo (16:28.62) taking second and third. Then won his second first place in the 500 freestyle (4:35.88) followed again by Lastelic (4:38.59) in second.
Gaucho Kian Brouwer took first in the 200 freestyle (1:41.57) and then second in the 50 freestyle (21.45). He was followed by Michael Wang in the 200 free (1:41.57) taking second. In the 200 free he was preceded by teammate Tittle who got first with a time of 20.55.
Seniors Christopher Nolan (1:50.82) and Kevin Mendoza (1:51.30) led the scoreboard in the 200 butterfly.
Tibazi had a great day placing second in the 100 freestyle (46.77) and first in the 100 butterfly (48.63). Tittle came in second (49.76) and Mendoza took third (49.87) in the 100 fly.
The Gaucho men and women will be traveling to UNLV Invitational next weekend Nov. 16-18. Go Gauchos!