Day One at the University of Texas Invitational

Nov. 30, 2006

AUSTIN, Texas - The Gauchos swam their best times of the season, but they face tough competition from around the country at the University of Texas Invitational at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. UCSB women are in eighth place and UCSB men are in seventh out of 16 teams after day one. The major disadvantage that the Gauchos have is that they must score all their points in head to head races because of the absence of a UCSB diving team.

The highlight of the day was when senior Pat Cary took third in the 100 fly with a time of 47.27, and NCAA consideration time. For the women Senior Jen Schwalb took 17th in the 100 fly, 54.99 and Erin Yamamoto took 21st with a time of 55.60. Schwalb also took 14th in the 200 IM, 2:02.86. Brooks Felton placed 14th in the 500 free, 4:28.94 shaving seconds off his best time of the season. The Gauchos faired well in the 50 free for both the men and the women. May, Lathers and Dwidar came in with times of 23.47, 23.63 and 23.84 for the women placing 22nd, 27th, and 35th, respectively. For the men Matt Sullivan and Bradley Matsumoto took 17th and 22nd with times of 20.47 and 20.97, respectively.

In the 200 free relay the men took 5th with a time of 1:21.44 swam by Vogelgesang, Matsumoto, Sullivan and Cary. The women took sixth swam by DeMeulenaere, Lathers, Dwidar and May with a time of 1:33.36. The 400 medley relay swam by Matsumoto, Nyaradi, Cary and Vogelgesang took seventh with a time of 3:21.17. For the women Schawalb, Freeman, Yamamoto and Dwidar placed 11th with a time of 3:48.53.

Tomorrow the Gauchos head back to the pool for day two of the University of Texas Invitational with prelims in the morning and finals in the evening.