February 22, 2008

Gauchos Claim Six Titles on the Third Day of League

Feb. 22, 2008

Complete Results

LONG BEACH, Calif. - On the third day of the Big West Swimming and Diving Championships, UCSB broke several meet records and school records to continue one of the best combined meets the Gauchos have entered. The teams rest on the top of the Big West list leading into the fourth day of competition as the men have 611 points and the women have 632.

To start off the third day of competition, freshman Brittany Borowitz swam a 4:21.30 to capture the third spot in the 400 IM final race. Borowitz's time bested her previous season-best time by over five seconds. Sophomore Jessica Schwalb placed fifth with a 4:24.36, a season-best mark. Junior Chris Good took third in the men's 400 IM (3:56.58), replacing his previous 2007-2008 mark of 3:57.01.

Sophomore Danny McClary claimed the second place spot in the men's 100 fly final with Eddie Erazo of UC Irvine finishing first (48.39). McClary's time qualifies him for an NCAA consideration cut time. Jonathan Kraetsch got crucial third place points in the same event (48.86). Both McClary and Kraetsch had season-best marks from the race. In the 100 fly, UCSB took the second through fourth spots. Leading the UCSB threesome, Naomi Javanifard took second (54.55), followed by Erin Yamamoto (54.70) and Katherine Ure (55.10).

In the women's 200 free, sophomore Courtney Bauer took the league title in 1:49.09 over teammate Liz Wagner who clocked in at 1:49.83. Bauer's time replaces Jen Schwalb's 2007 UCSB record of 1:49.35. Sophomore Anne Marie May took fourth in 1:51.18.

The Gauchos took the first through fifth places in the men's 200 free. Sophomore Matt Bartlett placed first in 1:36.41 with sophomore Scott Vogelgesang taking second in 1:37.26. Bartlett's time replaces his record-setting performance from earlier in the season (1:37.67). Dan Morris took third (1:38.16), Joe Plume was fourth (1:39.71), and Joe Wood rounded out the group at fifth (1:40.69).

Katy Freeman swam a meet-best time in the 100 breast of 1:00.75 to top teammate Sara Nicponski's school record of 1:01.56. Freeman's time automatically qualifies her for the NCAA Championships in Omaha, Nebraska. Nicponski took second in the event, touching the wall at 1:02.01. Junior Jeff Sudbury was the league champion in the ;men's 100 breast, clocking in at 55.06 for an NCAA consideration time.

In the women's 100 back, junior Jessica Cruzat stroked her way to second place 55.24 with Javanifard close behind at 55.42. Junior Bradley Matsumoto took third in the men's 100 back in 49.28.

The women's 200 free relay team swam their way to a league championship in 1:3146. Bauer, Nadia Dwidar, Javanifard, and May were the victors of the race (1:31.46). This beats the record set earlier by the quartet (1:32.47) and the 1997 meet record set by Nevada.

Vogelgesang, Sudbury, Matt Sullivan and Matsumoto joined forces to register 1:19.06 in the 200 free relay, topping UC Irvine's mark of 1:19.82 (2007). They also beat the Gaucho record set in 1997 (1:20.00).

The championships conclude tomorrow with the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 400 free relay, and ends with the 1650 freestyle. The qualifying rounds begin at 10:30 AM and the finals begin at 6:00 PM.