MONTEREY PARK, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara swim team is off to a good start at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championships. After the conclusion of day two, both the men and women are in second place with hopes of a comeback in the final two days to come.
Head coach Matt Macedo stated, "Our team came ready to race! Winning three of four relays last night (Feb. 14) set the tone for the team and we had another strong performance today (Feb 15). Our 500 freestylers got the ball rolling and we had numerous lifetime best times in other events and time trials. DQ'ing our men's 200 free relay was disappointing but I am confident our men will find a way to make up the points we lost. Emily Boggess, Rachel Forbes, Rachel Kulik and Maddie Johnson have been leading the way for the women and Logan Hotchkiss, Billy Mullis, Joe Lastelic and Mason Tittle are putting up big points for the men."
The men started off with a double win in both the 200 medley relay (1:26.04) and the 800 freestyle relay (6:23.37). These swims racked up an astonishing eighty points after day one of the competition. Gaucho men had an unfortunate disqualification in the 200 freestyle relay in the start of day two, but are still motivated to make it up these next few days.
In individual events, the men finished with three seconds places and one first place. Hotchkiss led the charge with a record breaking win in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:15.91 in the prelims and a 4:15.98 in finals. He beat both the MPSF Championship meet record and the East LA Community College pool record.
The second places came from Lastelic in the 500 freestyle (4:20.88), Mullis in the 200 individual medley (1:45.74), and Tittle in the 50 freestyle (19.90).
On the women's side, they took home a win in the 200 medley relay (1:39.30), a second place in the 800 freestyle relay (7:15.47), and another second in the 200 freestyle relay (1:31.13).
Gaucho women Boggess (4:43.69) and Forbes (4:50.37) earned second and third for their team in the 500 freestyle racking up thirty-three points.
The Gaucho men finished day two with two hundred and seventeen points, only twenty-six points behind first place. The women earned two hundred points after Thursday's races, one hundred and nineteen points away from first.
Both teams are in a great position for the final two days of the MPSF Championships and are ready for the come back.
Macedo continued, "While today (Feb 15) was a good day for the team, I believe our best sessions are in front of us. Go Gauchos!"