January 15, 2009

UCSB Returns Home to Face Conference Foe UC Davis

Jan. 15, 2009

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• The Schedule
Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009

UC Santa Barbara vs. UC Davis, 12 p.m.
at UCSB's Campus Pool

• Take Your Marks...
The UC Santa Barbara swim teams will return to Campus Pool for their first home meet of 2009 when they host Big West Conference opponent UC Davis on Saturday at noon. The Gaucho men carry a 3-1 dual meet record into this weekend's competition while the women are 4-2 in head-to-head action.

• Backstroking
Last Saturday, both Gaucho swim teams were defeated by USC. The Gaucho women fell 112-88 to the Pac-10 team and the men dropped their first dual of the season by way of a 120-85 score.

• Matsumoto and May Bring Home Weekly Awards
Despite falling to the Trojans last weekend, UCSB swept the Big West Conference's Male and Female Swimmer of the Week awards. Bradley Matsumoto took the men's honor after capturing first place in the 50 freestyle (20.62) and then placing second in the 100 free (45.41), finishing just .01 seconds behind teammate Jeff Sudbury. The senior finished the meet by helping the Gaucho men's 400 free relay (3:01.25) to a season-best time and second place finish. Matsumoto is the first male Gaucho to earn a conference athlete of the week honor this season. On the women's end, Anne Marie May was honored after capturing first place in the 50 free (23.10), which turned out to be the only first place finish by a UCSB female athlete in an individual event during the meet. The junior also anchored the Gauchos' 400 free relay (3:25.37) to a first place finish with a split of 50.02. She posted a split of 49.93 in the anchor leg of the 400 medley relay, an event UCSB finished second in. May has posted back-to-back conference athlete of the week honors after also taking the award during the week of Dec. 10 for her standout performance at the Husky Invitational.

• Still Turning In Top Times
Though currently the Gaucho top-times lists from this season are mostly littered with marks from December's Husky Invitational - a meet which most of the swimmers were shaved or tapered for - a few swimmers turned in their best marks of the season last weekend at USC. On the women's side, sophomore Lindsay Gaudinier posted a career-best time - and the third fastest time this season by a Gaucho - of 1:51.44 in the 200 freestyle, while freshman Katie Reeves posted a seaon-best mark of 2:09.86 in the 200 back, just .04 seconds off of her career best time. Brittany Borowitz turned in a time of 2:24.41 in the 200 breast, the fourth best time in that event this season by a Gaucho. On the men's side - in addition to their season-best time in the 400 free relay - Jimmy Gaston posted a season-best 4:41.97 in the 500 free, Spencer Holbrook had a season-best 9:56.95 in the 1000 free and Evan Simoni went 2:08.41 in the 200 breast.

• Rank And File
After ranking 24th in the CSCAA Division I dual meet rankings released on Oct. 31, the UCSB men's swim team is now listed as "others receiving votes" in the Dec. 11 poll with 19 votes. The women are also receiving votes - 18 to be exact. Georgia is currently ranked No. 1 on the women's side while Texas holds the top spot for the men.

• About The Aggies
The UC Davis women enter this weekend with a 7-8 dual record. The Aggies hosted a double-dual last weekend with San Jose State and Fresno State. They defeated Fresno 229.5-67.5 but fell to San Jose 170-129. This Saturday's meet will mark the Aggie men's first action of the New Year.They were last in action in early December at the Texas Invite where they took fourth place out of 10 teams. The two teams last faced off head-to-head at Davis on Feb. 1, 2008. The Gaucho women defeated the Aggies 170-123 while the men posted a 156-138 dual meet victory.

• On The Horizon
Following Saturday's meet, the UCSB men and women will hit the road for their final non-conference dual meet of the season at UNLV on Saturday, Jan. 31.