Gauchos Swimming and Diving Head to MPSF Championships

Kendall Neely (Photo by Wendy Allen)
Kendall Neely (Photo by Wendy Allen)

MPSF Swimming Championships
Feb. 15-18, 2012
at East Los Angeles College (Monterey Park, Calif.)

MPSF Diving Championships
Feb. 16-18
at US Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

• Swimmers Take Your Marks
UCSB's women swimmers will head south for the second Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship this Wednesday through Saturday. The 2012 Gaucho team consists of the core group that finished second last season with 629 points and won six total events, including two relays.

• Diving In
In Colorado, UCSB will be represented by freshman divers Caila Baltas and Noelle Provenzano at the diving championships, which run Thursday through Saturday. Baltas has the top score by a Gaucho this season on both the one-meter (236.91) and the three-meter (232.88) boards.

• We Are the (Defending) Champions
Several Gauchos will be looking to defend their event titles this weekend. Andrea Ward won both the 500 free and the 100 fly at the 2011 Championships while Allie Knight is the reigning league title-holder in the 200 backstroke and Paige Bradley is the defending champion in the 200 butterfly. UCSB will also be defending its titles in the 200 free relay and 200 medley relay.

• Sophomoric Swimmers
The Gauchos will be led in large part this week by its strong sophomore class, specifically Ward, Sophia Yamauchi and Knight. Ward swam the conference's top-times this year in the 100 fly, 200 fly and 500 free. Yamauchi, meanwhile, holds the top mark in the 200 individual medley. She also went undefeated in individual events during the Gauchos' dual meet season. Knight currently holds the league's top-time in the 400 IM. UCSB has posted the top-times in the 200, 400 and 800 free relays as well as the 400 medley relay.

• Follow Live
Live results for the MPSF Championships will be available online by clicking here. A live broadcast is available here