Gaucho Men Race to First, Women Hold on to Second

Gaucho Men Race to First, Women Hold on to Second

MONTEREY PARK, Calif.- UC Santa Barbara men's swimming worked their way up to the top while the women held on to second on day three of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships (Feb 16). The men are ahead of second place University of Hawaii by 7.5 points going into the final day of the competition. 

Billy Mullis, Joe Kmak, Yoessef Tibazi, and Mason Tittle led the men today taking home a first place in the 400 medley relay (3:11.14) earning forty points towards the overall score. 

Gaucho men took home one win and three second places in the individual events of the day. Tibazi started off the evening battle with a second place in the 100 butterfly (46.49), barely getting out-touched by first. 

Up next came an outstanding race by Douglas Nogueira in the 400 individual medley (3:49.41) smoking second place by over 4 seconds. Since Nogueira is only a junior, he has plans to come back next year and go after the MPSF meet record which he was only two seconds away from in this race. 

Following the I.M. was Logan Hotchkiss with a close second place finish in the 200 freestyle (1:35.02). Hotchkiss had broken both the meet and pool record on day two in the 500 freestyle race.

Mullis took home a second place in the final individual race of the day, the 100 backstroke (47.03). 

The Gaucho men now hold the first place position with a total of four hundred and fifty-five points, followed closely by a second place University of Hawaii. 

On the women's side, they still hold second place overall, one hundred and forty-one points behind first going in to the final day of competition. 

On day three, they earned a second place in the 400 medley relay (3:39.91) with Gaucho women Tara Middleton, Heaven Quintana, Rackel Kulik, and Emily Boggess. 

In the individual events, Quintana started off the evening strong and fast with a second place finish in the 100 butterfly (52.92). 

Teammate Brittney Straw followed after with a third place in the 400 individual medley (4:19.87) earning the team an additional sixteen points. 

Boggess also contributed a third place to the team in the 200 freestyle (1:47.66). 

Quintana brought her second individual second place of the evening with her swim in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.32). 

Middleton concluded the individual events with a third place for the Gaucho women in the 100 backstroke with a time of 54.97.

The Gaucho men and women are looking forward to the final day of competition to prove they have the heart and determination to win the MPSF Championships.

Go Gauchos!