Las Vegas, Neva. – The UC Santa Barbara men's and women's team travelled to UNLV to compete against Denver University and UNLV. The dual meet was held at Spieker Aquatics Center and featured an off-distance event order with the 50s of stroke and the 300 freestyle. The Gaucho women topped both the competing teams in the first day of racing, scoring (77-71) against UNLV and (93-55) against Denver. The Gaucho men showed a strong performance against UNLV scoring (102.5-45.5), although they were bested today by the Denver men's team (66.5-81.5).
Emily Ward, Brittney Straw, Rachel Kulik, and Elena England started the meet off strong for the Gaucho women, taking 3rd place with a time of 3:52.10 in the 400 medley relay. On the men's side Justin Nguyen, Alec Cullen, Kian Brouwer, and Mason Tittle raced to a 2nd place finish in the 400 medley relay, touching at a 3:20.12 in a tight finish against the Denver University squad (3:19.28).
Haley Herzberg led the Gaucho women in the 300 freestyle, placing 3rd with a time of 2:55.46. On the men's side, Joe Lastelic out touched Logan Hotchkiss in a tight race for 1st place in the 300 freestyle. Lastelic touched with a time of 2:36.12 followed closely by Hotchkiss touching at a 2:36.34.
In the 200 individual medley freshmen Sydney Rouse and Dan Marella continued the Gauchos momentum, both securing 2nd place finishes, touching with the times of 2:06.55 and 1:53.60.
On the women's side in the 50 backstroke Tara Middleton took 3rd place, touching at a 26.23. Jolen Griffin secured a 2nd place finish with a time of 23.13
Captains Heaven Quintana and Mason Tittle both won the 100 individual medley for the Gauchos, with a time of 56.95 for Quintana and 51.06 for Tittle.
In an amazing race in the 50 butterfly, Jacquelyn Harris touched in 1st place at a time of 25.46. Kian Brouwer led the Gaucho men, taking 3rd place with a time of 22.72.
In the final relay of the night, the 800 freestyle relay, energy levels were high between the competition. England, Herzberg, Ward, and Kassidy Lemminn represented the Gaucho women by taking 2nd place with a time of 7:32.74. On the men's side Lastelic, Hotchkiss, Ryan Levy, and Oscar Jameson secured 2nd place with a finishing time of 6:43.42.
Quintana picked up another 1st place finish for herself in the last event of the night, the 50 breaststroke, with a time of 28.89. Cullen secured a 2nd place finish for himself a tight race, touching at a 25.98.
The Gauchos will have another set of meets tomorrow, January 18th, against UNLV and Denver University. Tomorrows meet will feature a standard event order and will start at 10:00 am in the Spieker Aquatics Center.