CSU Bakersfield Hosts UCSB Swimming

Nov. 15, 2007

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The Schedule
Nov. 17 UCSB at CSU Bakersfield, 1:00PM Hillman Aquatics Center

Last Time
Nov. 10 UCSB vs.Cal Poly, UC San Diego

Weekly Roundup
Last weekend, UC Santa Barbara played host to visiting Cal Poly and UC San Diego and handily defeated the Mustangs and Tritons on both the men's and women's sides. It was the last home event for UCSB until the new year when USC visits Campus Pool on Jan. 12.

Win Streak
Even though the swimmers were not racing their usual events, they managed to bring 18 individual wins and a sweep of the relays back from Campus Pool.

Double Vision
Four swimmers were able to succeed in winning two individual events in the meet. Junior Jeff Sudbury claimed victories in both the 50 free (21.07) and the 200 breast (2:06.60). Another junior, Jessica Cruzat, was on fire, winning the 200 back (2:05.67) and 200 free (1:53.99). Cruzat also led off the winning 200 medley relay team. It seems as though the juniors were out in full force as Chris Good produced another pair of victories for the team. Good managed to beat his opponents in the 200 fly (1:52.66) and the 400 IM (4:02.04). Sophomore Katie Ure gave one of the best performances of her career, taking both the 100 back (59.96) and the 100 fly (57.15).

If You're Not First, You're Last
Ten other Gauchos landed in the first place position on Saturday. Freshman Sara Nicponksi kept up her winning streak in the 100 breast (1:04.65), beating her closest competitior by over two seconds. Nicponski holds the top time in the Big West for this event from her perfomance at Arizona State (1:03.92 . Junior Bradley Matsumoto led the backstroke attack, earning the first place finish in the 100 back (52.12). The women's 50 free was the closest race of the day with the top three finishers within a second of each other. Sophomore Naomi Javanifard inched ahead of the pack for the number one spot (24.30). Junior Joe Wood earned his first top finish as a Gaucho over the weekend, edging out teammate Joe Plume for the victory in the 200 free ( 1:43.18).

Sweeping Up
The women's 200 medley relay "B" were able to call themselves the victors of the race after the "A" team was disqualified for an illegal turn (1:49.05). Sophomore Anne Marie May led off the winning 200 free relay team in 24.05 to help them finish in 1:37.19. Matsumoto gave the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays the starting push they needed, helping the teams win in 1:34.12 and 1:24.43, respectively.

Bird Watching
In May 2005, the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners announced they would make the transition from a Division II to a Division I school, however they are still in the transition period and are only considered Div. I for scheduling purposes. CSUB's last match-up came on Nov. 3 when they took on UC San Diego. The Roadrunners gave the women of UCSD a run for their money, but in the end they came up short-handed, losing 159-136. The men were able to pull out a win against the Tritons, scoring 165 points to UCSD's 125. Two of the swimmers, Henry Holmberg and Alex Belvy, led the way with three wins a piece.