November 21, 2010

Ferguson Wins 100 Free as Gauchos Wrap-Up Action at Arena Invitational

Nov. 21, 2010

Complete Results

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Kevin Ferguson and Chris Peterson went one-two in the 100 freestyle on Saturday, the final day of the Arena Invitational at Belmont Plaza. On the women's side, freshman Allie Knight posted her third NCAA `B' cut of the weekend, this time in the 200 backstroke.

Ferguson touched the wall in 43.92 seconds and Peterson finished in 44.26, marking career-bests for both swimmers in the 100 free. The Gaucho duo also each achieved NCAA `B' cuts with their times. Garrett Thompson also scored points for UCSB in the event, taking 14th after going 45.79.

Knight won the consolation final in the 200 back, touching the wall in 1:58.36, which is the second fastest time in UCSB history and just .31 seconds off of Lindsay Dalonzo's school record. The freshman made NCAA `B' cuts in both the 200 and 400 individual medleys earlier in the weekend.

Freshman Sophia Yamauchi achieved her second NCAA `B' cut of the season, this time in the 200 breaststroke. She placed 10th with a time of 2:15.72, beating out her sister Penelope - who swims for Arizona State - by .05 seconds. Yamauchi has already achieved a NCAA `B' standard in the 100 breast. Paige Bradley took 14th in the 200 breast in 2:16.89.

UCSB achieved a NCAA `B' standard in the men's 400 free relay as well when Chris Peterson, Kevin Ferguson, Garrett Thompson and Alex Campbell posted a time of 2:58.22, which was good for third place.

Max Horrell earned himself a spot in the 200 butterfly finals after going 1:50.09 in the event's preliminaries. He finished seventh in his evening swim, touching the wall just .40 seconds later than earlier in the day.

In the men's 200 breast, Evan Simoni won the bonus final with a time of 2:05.16. Scott Nocco also scored points in the event, taking 24th. His best time of the day came in the event's prelims when he touched the wall 2:13.08.

Andrea Ward and Astrid Amsallem represented the Gaucho distance swimmers, taking 12th and 18th, respectively, in the 1650 free. Ward finished in 16:53.81 and Amsallem posted a time of 17:51.81.

Rounding out the individual event point-earners were Ryan Garcia and Randy Aakhus in the 200 backstroke. Garcia took 11th and Aakhus took 23rd. Both posted better times in prelims with Garcia touching the wall in 1:49.72 and Aakhus in 1:53.62.

In the final event of the meet, the UCSB women took ninth in the 400 free relay. Katie Stover, Anne Peanasky, Mariah Tharp and Sophia Yamauchi finished in 3:25.84.

The UCSB women finished the meet in 10th place out of 19 teams. The Gauchos scored 291 points; Stanford won the meet with 1,641 points. The men finished sixth with 544.5 points, Stanford also won the men's side with 1442.5 points.

Several Gaucho swimmers will head to Columbus, Ohio for the U.S. Short Course Nationals, which takes place Dec. 2-4.