July 15, 2009

Gaucho Swimmers Busy Competing Against the World's Best

July 15, 2009

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The collegiate season may still be several months away, but several UC Santa Barbara swimmers - and alums - are still competing all over the world in several exciting summer meets

Current UCSB swimmers Anne Marie May, Travis Jepson and Kevin Kuhn - along with volunteer assistant coach Danny Beal - competed in the USA Swimming National Championships (World Championship Trials) in Indianapolis last week.

Beal took eighth in the 200-meter freestyle (1:48.99), while May and Kuhn swam personal bests in the 100 free. Kuhn took 51st in the 100 (52.22) and 46th in the 50 free (23.75). May placed 34th in the 50 free (26.28) and took 48th in the 100 free (57.53) against the nation's best swimmers.

Jepson finished 41st in the 200 breaststroke, touching the wall in 2:25.29.

Gaucho alum Jeff Sudbury placed third in the 50-meter freestyle, clocking in at 22.71, at the Canadian World Championship Trials last week in Montreal, Canada. He finished just .01 seconds behind Joel Greenshields - an All-American from Arizona - who has qualified for the World Championships in the 100 and 200 free. Sudbury also posted personal bests in the 50 breast (29.36) and the 100 free (51.66) at the meet.

Sudbury has qualified for the Canadian National Team and is preparing for the British Tri-Nations Cup, which will be held in London on August 1-2. His team will be competing against England and Russia.

Gaucho senior Naomi Javanifard and UCSB alum Jason Lezak will begin competition at the Macabiah Games on Sunday. Sometimes referred to the "Jewish Olympics", the games are held every four years in Israel attracting the most outstanding Jewish athletes from around the world. In addition to competing in the games, Javanifard and Lezak participated in a Pre Camp, which included a tour of Israel.

As previously reported, recent UCSB graduate, Katy Freeman just wrapped up action at the World University Games. Last Saturday, she helped the United State women's 400-meter medley relay team to a gold medal. The team recorded a time of 4:01.90, beating out second-place Italy by 0.85 seconds.

Freeman swam the breaststroke leg of the relay and posted a split of 1:05.83. The relay marked her third appearance in an event final during the meet. She took fifth in the 200 breast last Thursday, touching the wall in 2:26.97, and last Tuesday, Freeman took sixth in the 100 breast. She finished in 1:08.89.

Head swim coach Gregg Wilson accompanied Freeman on the trip to Serbia. Wilson is served as an assistant for the women's swim team.

Earlier this year UCSB Athletics unveiled the BE Great initiative. BE Great is dedicated to maximizing leadership ability, strong on-campus interaction, and general welfare for all 450 student-athletes and Intercollegiate Athletics staff at UC Santa Barbara. BE Great also focuses on personal and career development, diversity, and social awareness, along with ensuring academic success. UCSB has a 92% student-athlete graduation rate.

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