Jan. 26, 2008
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Senior day ended on a high note for the UC Santa Barbara men's and women's swim teams Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Anne Marie May and junior Erin Yamamoto led the female Gauchos over the UNLV Rebels 149-113. Steady performances by a wide range of athletes lifted the men's team above UNLV 133-129. Before the meet, seniors Courtney Jenkins, Bobbie Wilson, Brooks Felton, Mason Edwards, Curtis Bauer, Ben Malcolm, and Matthew Sullivan were honored by the coaches for their outstanding contributions to the team.
Sophomore Naomi Javanifard started off the women's 200 medley relay with Sara Nicponski, Yamamoto, and May finishing it for the win (1:45.78). To continue the winning streak, Matt Bartlett, Jeff Sudbury, Danny McClary, and Bradley Matsumoto claimed the top spot in their 200 medley relay in 1:31.94.
Jessica Cruzat topped the list in the 200 free beating Marva Harpak from UNLV (1:53.72). Javanifard touched the wall at 58.00 in the 100 back to place first. Barlett helped complete the first place sweep of the event, clocking in at 50.90.
Nicponski teamed up with junior Katy Freeman for a 1-3 punch in the 100 breast, with Nicponski finishing in 1:04.89 and Freeman going 1:06.25. Sudbury powered through the 100 breast finishing over second faster than the rest of the competition (57.13).
UCSB's Yamamoto and freshman Brittany Borowitz took the top two spots in the women's 200 fly, going 2:03.38 and 2:05.92, respectively. Sophomore Chris Wiggin and McClary gave the Gauchos much needed points, finishing second and third in the 200 fly (1:51.72, 1:51.87).
May continued the Gauchos' success by getting the gold in the 50 and 100 free. Her first place time in the 50 was 23.70. With only the men's 50 to rest, May came back out strong to beat UNLV's Marina Sandback in the 100 free (51.72).
Junior Chris Good swam to victory against Tiger Christian of UNLV in the 200 back, finishing in 1:50.73. Yamamoto got her second victory in the 100 fly over Sandback (56.33). McClary stood atop the winner's podium for his performance in the 100 fly. In the close race with Bartlett and Christian, McClary finished in 50.66. Barlett was .10 of a second away from the win and Christian only needed .11 to get the victory.
The women ended their day with a victory in the 400 free relay. Courtney Bauer, Nadia Dwidar, Yamamoto, and May finished in 3:28.00. The closest race of the day belonged to the men's 400 free relay. During the competition, the Gauchos remained in the lead for most of the day, by only by as much as ten points. Going in to the final, UCSB only had a nine-point lead over UNLV. The Rebels claimed the top spot in the relay, but UCSB claimed second and third. These crucial points gave the Gauchos enough of a push to take down the Rebels by four points in the closest dual meet of the season.
Next Friday, the Gauchos travel north to Davis to take on the Aggies. The meet kicks off February and starts at 1:00 PM.