Gaucho Swim Earn Double Victory Over Rival Cal Poly

Photograph by Jeilo Gauna.
Photograph by Jeilo Gauna.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara hosted rival team Cal Poly at an exciting first home meet of the Gaucho's season. The women's team showed strong performances from the start and beat Cal Poly (154-103). The men's team also ran away with the meet scoring 147 points to the Mustang's 110 points.

Senior captain Mason Tittle stated, "the team did great. A lot of people stepped up despite a tough week of training and were able to throw down some good times and we were able to get a victory. I'm looking forward to a few more weeks of grinding with the boys before we start to taper for the UNLV Invite".

Rachel Forbes won both the women's distance free events, with a time of 16:59.99 in the 1650 and a 5:02.20 in her 500. Heaven Quintana won all three of her events, touching at 1:04.70 in the 100 breast, 55.49 in the 100 fly, and finished with a 2:05.98 in her 200 IM. Elena England also picked up two wins in the backstroke events, touching 1st in a close 100 back with a 57.35 and finished with a 2:03.90 in her 200.

On the men's side Logan Hotchkiss picked up two wins for the team, sneaking under 16 minutes in the 1650 with a time of 15:54.71 and touching with a 4:31.06 in the 500 free. Tittle was a double event winner posting a 20.20 in the 50 free and a 48.59 in the 100 fly, as well as swimming on both the winning relay squads. Lucca Martens also made a big impact for the team, picking up individual wins in a close 200 fly (1:49.32) and the 200 IM (1:54.14). Alec Cullen swept both the men's breaststroke events, touching with 56.78 in the 100 and a 2:04.37 in the 200.

The UCSB women swept the 200 Medley relay placing first, second, and third with times of 1:44.87, 1:48.28, and 1:48.65 respectively. The Gaucho men took first in a close race against Cal Poly in the 200 Medley relay (1:31.15) by Ethan Archer, Joe Kmak, Tittle, and Justin Nguyen.  

On the women's side Forbes took the win in the 1650 free with Julee Keenan-Rivers following in second with the time of 17:36.09. The Gaucho men swept the 1650 free, Hotchkiss placing first followed by teammates Dan Marella in second (16:11.20) and Jake Rollo in third (16:17.62).

Haley Herzberg picked up a win in the women's 200 free touching at 1:52.46. Kassidy Lemminn placed third with a time of 1:54.31. On the men's side Kian Brouwer had a strong race with a close finish, placing third with a 1:40.48.

England won the women's 100 back, followed closely by Tara Middleton with a time of 57.52. The Gaucho men swept the 100 back placing first, second, and third. Ethan Archer lead with a 51.00 to take the win, Jolen Griffin touching next with a 51.05, and Calvin Kirkpatrick with the time of 51.70

Quintana won the women's 100 breast, while teammate Brittney Straw touching in third with a time of (1:05.79). On the men's side Cullen secured the win, followed by Kmak in second with the time of 56.84.

In the women's 200 fly Maddie Johnson took the win in a close and exciting race, touching at a 2:06.11. The men were led by Martins, who out touched opponent David Hudson, for the win. Zach Senkin also had a strong swim, picking up third place for the team with a 1:52.30.

Bryn McGowan won the women's 50 free, touching at 24.22, followed by freshman Sydney Rouse in second with a time of 24.35. On the men's side Tittle blew the competition away placing first and Ferguson picking up third place, sneaking under 21 with a 20.71.

After a quick break the women's 100 free started, with Lemminn placing second at a time of 53.22. Jacquelyn Harris finished in third, touching at a 53.37. Justin Nguyen picked up a win for the men's team in the 100 free, posting a time of 45.25.

In the women's 200 backstroke, England picked up another win for the women's team followed by Micah Toetter in third with a 2:05.72. The men had a tough race in the 200 back, Archer finished in second with the time of 1:51.87 and teammate Kirkpatrick in third with a 1:52.52.

In a tough race against opponent Amelia Feick in the 200 breast, Straw finished in second with a 2:19.01 followed by An Nguyen in third with a 2:24.55. On the men's side, Cullen picked up the win for the team and Kmak finished in third with a 2:05.25.

Forbes picked up another win for the women's team, placing first in 500 free. Herzberg came in at second with a 5:07.45. Hotchkiss took a strong lead from the beginning and placed first on the men's side. In a new event for himself, Ryan Levy had a strong 500 placing third at a time of 4:41.67.

The Gaucho women secured another win in the 100 fly, with Quintana placing first and Harris followed in at second with a time 57.27. Tittle picked up the win for the men's team placing first.

In the 200 IM, Quintana posted the fastest time of the day for the women, while Martins had the fastest time for the men.

In the final relay of the day energy levels were high for the Gauchos and the Mustangs. On the women's side, the A relay squad touched first with a time of 3:30.83 by Lemminn, England, Lilly Helmuth-Malone, and Herzberg. The Gaucho men also touched first with a time of 3:01.67 by Tittle, Nguyen, Oscar Jameson, and Tim Lee.

The UCSB swim team's next meet is November 10th against UCSD and UCLA in Los Angeles. Come out and support your favorite swimmers on their journey to MPSF Conference.