February 23, 2013

Day Three Comes to a Close, Gauchos in the Hunt for Championship

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. - After an impressive win in the 400 medley relay, the Gauchos couldn't find the top spot again on the third day of the MPSF Championships at East Los Angeles College. They remain in fourth place but are only 41 points behind leader UC Davis with a full day of competition remaining.  

In the opening event of the day, relay squad of Allie Knight, Sophia Yamauchi, Andrea Ward and Katie Tomkinson swam a meet record and season-best time of 3:38.88 on their way to a first place finish in the 400 medley relay. 

After that, Yamauchi and Ward would each finish second place after being edged out in their respective races. Heren Alanis would finish narrowly in second place as well and that seemed to be the story of the day for UCSB. 

Starting with Alanis who qualified for the championship final in the 400 IM, she was just edged out and finished second despite her season-best time of 4:18.79 which is a NCAA 'B' cut. Meet record holder in the 400 IM, Knight, was in the final as well and she finished in fifth place with her time of 4:20.68. Taylor Munk qualified for the consolation final and she finished 12th overall with her own season-best time of 4:26.89. 

Ward was next up in the 100 fly championship final and came in second by only nine hundredths of a second. She holds the meet record in the event from last season and her time of 53.17, an NCAA 'B' cut, marks her season-best for the year. Marissa Neel qualified for the consolation final and took a 10th place overall finish (55.53). 

Tomkinson was the only Gaucho to advance to the championship final for the 200 free and she finished in eighth place (1:52.57). A trio of Gauchos, however, advanced to the consolation final to contribute to the score. Micaela Velasquez's season best time of 1:49.91 was good enough for a 10th overall finish. Kimmie Kreuzberger (1:51.56) and Monica Garcia (1:52.31) finished 12th and 14th, respectively. 

Yamauchi contrbuted another second place finish after giving meet record holder, Liliana Alvarez from UC Davis, a run for her money in the 100 breaststroke championship final. Yamauchi's NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:01.86 was just six tenths of a second behind Alvarez. Senior Paige Bradley also advanced to the championship final and touched the wall in seventh place with her time of 1:03.35. Bradley also posted her season best time in the preliminary heat (1:02.91). Also contributing in the 100 breaststroke was Carissa Metcalf (9th place), Charis Hoppe (12th place) and Erica Taylor (16th place) all of whom advanced to the consolation final. 

The 100 backstroke featured Neel who was the only Gaucho to qualify for any of the three finals. She made it to the consolation final where her season-best time of 55.69 was good enough for ninth overall. 

In diving, the women's three-meter competition took place and Hannah Tomp and Monika Terry qualified for the consolation final. Tomp finished 10th overall with 248.80 points and Terry came in 14th with 225.90 points. 

After day three of competition the Gauchos remain in fourth place in the standings with 397 points. UC Davis passed Hawaii to be in first place with 438, while Hawaii is in second with 429. BYU is sitting in third with 427. 

The final day of competition will include the 1650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly and the 400 free relay. 

The Gauchos remain very much alive and look to capture the championship on the final day of the meet.