UCSB Tops UCSD in First Dual Meet of the Year

UCSB Tops UCSD in First Dual Meet of the Year

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara men's swimming team topped the UC San Diego men's team (169-93) in a dual meet Friday afternoon at Spieker Aquatics Center.  The win at the first dual meet of the year sets the Gaucho men's record at 4-0 for the season.

Senior Captain Mason Tittle swept the sprint freestyle events, picking up a win in both the 50 freestyle (20.20) and 100 freestyle (44.91).  Tittle also contributed to the win of both the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays.

The Gaucho men took first in a close race against the Tritons in the 200 medley relay (1:30.71) led by Jolen Griffin and followed by Alec Cullen, Kian Brouwer, and Mason Tittle.

In the first individual event of the day, Joe Lastelic picked up a win in the 1000 freestyle touching at a time of 9:31.42.  He was followed by teammates Dan Marella in 2nd place (9:34.44) and Jake Rollo in 3rd place (9:38.99).

Senior Captain Logan Hotchkiss secured the win for the 200 freestyle in a tight race against UC San Diego's Graham Hauss, breaking the 1:40 barrier and touching at 1:39.36.  Ryan Levy took 3rd place with a time 1:41.19.

Griffin led the Gaucho backstroke group, picking up a 2nd place finish at a time of 50.95.  Calvin Kirkpatrick trailed closely touching at 4th place with a time of 51.95, followed by Ethan Archer in 5th with a time of 52.71.

The Gaucho men swept the 100 breaststroke with Cullen touching in 1st place with a time of 56.85, followed by Marcello Quarante in 2nd place with a time of 57.02.  Teammate Joe Kmak took 4th place, touching at a 57.86.

The men also showed a strong performance in the 200 butterfly with Brouwer taking 1st place, touching at a 1:52.51. Zach Shenkin followed in 2nd place with a time of 1:53.32.

Tittle took 1st place in the 50 freestyle (20.20) followed by Riley Ferguson in 3rd place, dipping under 21 and touching at a 20.99.

With a quick turn-around, Tittle showed his sprint prowess picking up another win in the 100 freestyle with a time of 44.91.  He was trailed closely by teammate Justin Nguyen, who took 2nd place with a time of 45.70.

Cullen picked up a second win for himself in the 200 breaststroke, touching in 1st place with the time of 2:02.17.  Quarante secured 3rd place with a time 2:06.28 followed by Dan Marella in 4th place with a time of 2:06.36.

Teammates Hotchkiss and Lastelic raced to a tight finish in the 500 freestyle, with Hotchkiss taking 1st place with a 4:33.64 followed by Lastelic in 2nd place with a 4:33.66.  Levy finished in 4th place touching at a time of 4:39.07.

Brouwer led the men's squad in the 100 butterfly, touching at 2nd place with the time of 49.49.  Tim Lee trailed in 4th place with the time of 50.99.

Marella picked up a win for the team in the final individual event of the day, the 200 IM, touching in 1st place at the time of 1:54.05.  Archer followed in 3rd place and posting a time of 1:57.04 for himself.

In the final relay of the day, the 200 freestyle relay, energy levels were high for the Gauchos and the Tritons.  Brouwer, Ferguson, Nguyen, and Tittle swept the competition taking 1st place with a time of 1:21.46.

"Overall, I thought we were right where we expected to be as a team."  Stated Head Coach Matt Macedo, "While we struggled to match UCLA's firepower, we had some really strong swims following several tough weeks of training camp. Racing outside in the late afternoon was a great way for our group to prepare for our conference championship as that meet will be outside next month."

The UCSB swim team's next meet is January 18th against UNLV in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wish the Gaucho squad the best of luck as they prepare for their final meet of the year at MPSF Conference in February.