SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - For the first time in many years, both the men's and women's swim teams are ranked in the top 50 across the nation in Division 1. They each come in at the 45th spot according to the Endless Pools/CollegeSwimming.com rankings. The rankings utilize a point system based on NCAA time standards, predicted qualifying times and percentile rankings from the past four seasons.
Coming off of a victory over Cal Poly on senior day, the women's squad finishes the season with a dual-meet record of 9-2. Contributing to the teams success and top 50 ranking has been standout senior Andrea Ward. Ward has been stellar all season and holds the top conference times this year in the 200 Freestyle (1:47.70), 200 Butterfly (1:56.11) and the 100 Butterfly (51.76). She recently earned MPSF/Turbo Female Athlete of the Week honors for the fourth time this season, which makes seven for her career. Other key contributors have been Sophia Yamauchi who holds this years conference top time in the 200 Individual Medley (2:01.70) and is the reigning MPSF Swimmer of the Year.
After finishing second in 2011 and 2012 the Gauchos will look to bounce back after a fourth place finish in last year's MPSF Conference Championships. They will have two weeks to gear up for the conference championships which take place on Feb. 19 in East Los Angeles, Calif.
For the men, they hold a dual-meet record of 6-1 with their only loss coming at the hands of Hawaii in a nail-biting season opener. Since then the Gauchos are unbeaten and put on a dominating display against rival Cal Poly this past weekend winning 203-85. Their other big victory of the year was knocking off UNLV who is ranked just ahead of UCSB, coming in at 37. They will face a tough test on Friday facing 14th ranked Stanford in their final dual-meet of the season before the Pac-12 Championships.
The meet will take place tomorrow, Feb. 7 at Campus Pool at 2:00pm.