SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – In their 2014-15 season opener, the UCSB women's swimming team dueled both UCLA and BYU today at Campus Pool. The winds were strong but our swimmers proved to be stronger as they out-scored BYU 164-98. UCLA, however, took the win over both teams, beating UCSB 162-96. Additionally, ten new swimmers made their Gaucho debuts today.
Despite strong UCLA freestylers, Hope Curran came out as the fastest for UCSB with her 1:54.49 200 Free time.
UCLA's Allison Wine (1:04.02) and UCSB's Katie Records (1:04.29) dueled it out in the 100 Breast, with Wine just barely out-touching Records for the first place finish.
Junior Lauren Vosseler, one of UCSB's top recruits as a transfer, came in at 23.94 for a second place finish in her first 50 Free as a Gaucho.
Shortly after, Vosseler (52.28) earned third place in the 100 Free. Hope Curran (53.01) was close behind in her fourth place finish.
Katie Records (2:19.81) took part in yet another tight race in the 200 breaststroke, coming in just .3 seconds after UCLA's Jessica Khojasteh (2:19.49). Jiana Vargem (2:21.71) and Alyssa Shew (2:22.33) took third and fourth, respectively.
Annie Larsen (5:09.44) put up some more Gaucho points with a third place finish in the 500 Free.
Jaime Dang (57.74) was right on top of her best time with a second place finish in the 100 Fly.
Freshman Alyssa Shew (2:09.79) took second in the 200 IM, with Jiana Vargem (2:11.87) trailing closely behind.
UCSB's 400 Free "A" Relay team, consisting of Kimmie Kreuzberger, Hollace Barden, Meghan Bicomong, and Lauren Vosseler, swam a tight race against UCLA's "A" Team, just missing the mark for first place with a 3:29.85 finish.
Catch the UCSB Men's and Women's Swimming Teams next Saturday, Nov. 1 for the duel meet with Cal Poly SLO.