November 27, 2007

Gauchos Head North for Husky Invite

Nov. 27, 2007

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The Schedule
Nov. 29- Dec. 1

UCSB at Husky Invitational, All Day Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, Federal Way, Wash.

Last Time
Nov. 17

UCSB vs. CSU Bakersfield

Weekly Roundup
On Nov. 17, the Gauchos traveled to Bakersfield and extended their win streak by beating the Roadrunners 128-95 on the men's side and 152-77 on the women's. Even with several key swimmers like Scott Vogelgesang and Anne Marie May not participating in the meet, UCSB garnered thirteen individual wins and three relay wins.

Double Vision
Junior Chris Good and sophomore Katie Ure showed that their performance against Cal Poly and UCSD was no fluke by again winning two individual events a piece. Good demonstrated his prowess in the 200 back, beating his closest opponent by over three seconds (1:50.54). Good is looking to break his own school record in the 200 back this season (1:46.79). He also helped UCSB finish 1-2-3 in the 200 IM (1:54.18). The term "sophomore slump" must be foreign to Ure, who shows no sign of slowing down. Ure held off her competition in the 200 fly (2:07.13) and the 200 IM (2:09.37) to take her rightful place on the winner's stand.

If You're Not First, You're Last
The women's 400 medley relay team started the meet off with a win, pulling a 4:00.99 out of their bag of tricks. Junior Jeff Sudbury dominated the 50 free in 21.02 for the second week in a row. Sophomore Naomi Javanifard also had a repeat performance in the 50 free, winning in a time of 24.40. Junior Nadia Dwidar swam to a first place finish in the 200 free (1:54.06). Freshman Brittany Borowitz continued her successful freshman campaign by placing first in the 500 free (5:11.21). Sophomore Danny McClary out swam the competition to take first in the 200 fly (1:52.21). Both the men and women beat out CSUB in the 400 free relay with times of 3:08.55 and 3:36.86, respectively.

First Time for Everything
New faces made their first appearance on the winner's podium against CSUB including Kelsey Lewis, whose win in the 1000 freestyle marked the freshman's first individual win as a Gaucho. Lewis was able to pull ahead of her competition by almost seven seconds and win in 10:43.52. Kevin Kuhn and Jamie Cisar joined their classmate atop the stand by both finishing first in the 100 free. Kuhn pulled ahead of teammate Dan Morris for the win (46.73) and Cisar captured the victory in 54.35.

Dog Sitting
The Husky Invitational will be the Gauchos first meet against ranked teams this season and the host, University of Washington, is boasting eight men and women CollegeSwimming.com Top 25 teams. For the men, No.4 Michigan, No. 11 Cal, No. 16 USC, No. 22 Notre Dame, and No. 24 Hawaii will all be present and accounted for. On the other side of the pool, No. 5 Cal, No. 13 Michigan, and No. 21 USC will be competing against the Gaucho women. Six other unranked teams will be in the pool beside the Gauchos, including Oregon State, Wyoming, Puget Sound, Seattle, Whitworth, Boise State, and of course, Washington. Preliminaries will be held Thursday-Saturday at 9:30 AM with the finals of the day's events being swum at 6:00 PM that night.