November 13, 2008

Gauchos Return Home For Dual Meet Against UC San Diego

Nov. 13, 2008

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• The Schedule
Friday, Nov. 14, 2008 at 1 p.m.

UC San Diego at UC Santa Barbara (W & M)
at UCSB's Campus Pool

• Take Your Marks...
The UC Santa Barbara swim teams will host their first home dual of the 2008-09 season when they welcome nonconference foe UC San Diego to Campus Pool on Friday for a 1 p.m. match-up.

• Backstroking
Last Friday, the UCSB women competed in a triple-dual meet against Pac-10 teams UCLA and Oregon State at UCLA's Men's Gym Pool. The Gauchos split the meet, falling to the Bruins, 161-84, while defeating the Beavers, 158-87. The women have gone 2-1 in meet action this season while the men are 1-0 with their victory over Cal State Northridge on Nov. 1.

• Freeman Earns Big West Co-Swimmer of the Week Honors
Senior Katy Freeman earned Big West Co-Swimmer of the Week honors for her performance at the UCLA/Oregon State meet last Friday. During last week's meet, Freeman was the lone Gaucho to capture a first-place individual finish. In fact, she placed first in both the 100 (1:03.64) and the 200 breaststroke (2:17.80). Freeman shares the weekly honor with Cal Poly's Lacy Buck.

• Rocking Relays
Last season, the Gaucho women's relays were dominant as they captured Big West titles and set school records in the 200 and 400 medley, as well as the 200 and 400 free relays. On Friday, UCSB showed that its relay power will be another bright spot on its meet program this season as both the 400 free relay and 200 medley relay took first place while also setting new meet records against UCLA. The 200 medley relay, which consisted of Naomi Javanifard, Sara Nicponski, Erin Yamamoto and Anne Marie May, finished in 1:44.01 surpassing the previous meet record of 1:44.45 set by UCLA in dual with the Gauchos in 2000. The 400 freestyle relay of Nadia Dwidar, Javanifard, Courtney Bauer and May clocked in at 3:26.84, breaking the Bruin's previous dual record against UCSB of 3:27.46 set in 1998.

• Ferocious Freshman
Freshman Alex Hilber has gotten her collegiate career off to a solid start and she currently owns the Gauchos' top times this season in three individual events. Last Friday, she posted UCSB's top finish in the 500 free (5:05.96), 1000 free (10:12.65) and the 400 individual medley (4:28.04). Hilber, who comes to UCSB out of Scripps Ranch High School in San Diego, was a three-time All-American in high school.

• Wilson Named to World University Games Coaching Staff
Head coach Gregg Wilson was named to the 2009 World University Games U.S. coaching staff it was announced by USA Swimming last week. A 25-time Big West Coach of the Year, Wilson will serve as an assistant women's coach. Wilson will travel with the U.S. World University Games swim team to Belgrade, Serbia for the swim competition being held July 5-11 of 2009. Wilson, who is in his 33rd year at UCSB, has coached the Gauchos to a combined 39 Big West Conference Championships and last season coached the Gaucho women to a 25th place finish at the NCAA Division I Championships. Freeman will also be making the trip to Serbia after qualifying for the World University Games roster following her third place finish in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:29.68) and fifth place finish in 100-meter breast (1:09.55) at the U.S. Open in Minneapolis, Minn. this past summer. She will swim the 50, 100 and 200 breast at the World University Games.

• Triton Talk
The UC San Diego men's and women's swim teams both enter this weekend with dual records of 2-1 this season. Both Triton teams have posted wins over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Cal State Bakersfield and have both lost to UC Davis. Last season the Gaucho women defeated the Tritons via a 185-67 score at Campus Pool on Nov. 10 and the men captured a 184-62 victory.

• Coming Soon
UCSB will remain at Campus Pool for a dual meet against Big West opponent Cal Poly on Nov. 22 at 11 a.m. Both the men's and women's teams will be in action against the Mustangs. Admission, as always, is free to all Gaucho home swim meets.