SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara swim finished out their season strong in a Blue Green rivalry meet against Cal Poly. Both the men and women teams brought home a win as they honored the seniors on Jan 27 at Campus Pool. The families and friends cheered on their Gaucho seniors as they were recognized one by one for their achievements these past four years at UCSB.
"Today, like each final home dual meet of the season, the team swam for our senior class. At times throughout the year, the season can feel very long. But, on senior day, I continue to hear how fast it has all flown by. I'm very proud of this group of seniors and they are special to me as we shared our first day at UCSB back in the fall of 2014. The seniors will never forget their final home meet at Campus Pool and l look forward to our last few weeks of preparation for conference," stated Head Coach Matt Macedo.
The meet was filled with excitement and sadness as the Gaucho seniors swam in their home pool for the last time. Senior Chris Nolan explained, "I feel honored to have represented the Gauchos these past four years. I have made unforgettable memories with both my teammates and coaches that will last me a lifetime."
On the women's side, there were seven different Gauchos that placed first in individual events. Brittney Straw swept both of the breaststroke races with a 1:05.00 in the 100 and a 2:17.86 in the 200. Heaven Quintana swept in both of the butterfly events going 55.20 in the 100, 2:00.25 in the 200, and also won the 200 individual medley (2:06.59).
Stevens finished out her four years as a Gaucho strong with winning the 100 backstroke (56.92). Rachel Forbes contributed to her team with a first place in the 1000 freestyle (10:09.61). Rachel Kulik stole first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.75. Jacquelyn Harris placed first in the 100 freestyle (51.74). Elena England won the 200 backstroke with a final time of 2:03.98.
The men side also had seven different Gauchos win individual events in the senior meet. Mason Tittle swept the short-distance freestyles getting first in both the 50 (20.51) and the 100 (45.06). Joe Kmak took first in both of the breaststroke races going 56.77 in the 100 and 2:03.69 in the 200. Mullis also swept in his events, snatching first in the 100 backstroke (49.59) and the 200 backstroke (1:46.72).
Mendoza contributed to the wins with a 1:48.24 in the 200 butterfly. Tibazi also finished out his Gaucho years with a win in the 100 butterfly (47.71). Junior Logan Hotckiss took first in the 1000 freestyle (9:38.05) and Joe Lastelic won in the 200 freestyle (1:39.90).
The team is now focused on the MPSF Championships that are starting on Feb. 14 at the East LA Community College.