SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Coming off a tough loss to Cal Poly, the UC Santa Barbara women's swim and dive team will look to regroup heading into tomorrow's third annual MPSF Championships. Swimmers will compete at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park, Calif., and the meet will run from Feb. 20-23. The diving competition will be held in Colorado Springs, Colo. and goes from Feb. 21-23.
UCSB has had a lot of success recently as they finished runner-up in the first two years of the event. With a strong core of swimmers they will look to get over the hump and take home first place.
Reigning MPSF Athlete of the Year Andrea Ward has been strong all season for the Gauchos. In the last home meet Ward won three events which helped lead to an easy sweep of LMU and Pacific, as well as a nomination for Athlete of the Week. Above all, Ward has the top time in the conference in the 100 fly with a 'B' cut 54.08.
Sophia Yamauchi will also help propel this team to the top. She is the only MPSF Female to break the two-minute barrier in the 200 IM (1:59.29), and she also boasts the fastest time in the 200 breaststroke (2:12.78). Yamauchi earned MPSF Athlete of the Week honors for her performance in the opening meet of the year where she won both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes against UCLA, Utah and Oregon State.
Heren Alanis has been the go-to distance swimmer for the Gauchos this season and she holds the top time in the 400 IM (4:20.07). She has the second fastest time in the 500 free (4:51.88).
Allie Knight is right behind Alanis in the 400 IM with a time of (4:20.57). Knight also is second in the conference in the 200 IM (2:02.62) and the 200 backstroke with a 'B' cut time of 1:59.19.
The Gauchos top divers this season have been Hannah Tomp, who leads the team in the one-meter competition with her score of 235.00 and Monika Terry who is tops on the team in the three-meter competition with her score of 227.90.
The meet gets underway on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. with the finals of the 200 medley relay and the 800 freestyle relay.
Diving springs off Thursday at 11:00 a.m. with the women's one-meter preliminaries.
For more information including a complete breakdown of the event schedule click here.
Live stats will be available for the meet as well as a live broadcast.