SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – On a rainy Saturday, the UC Santa Barbara men's and women's swimming teams came out and beat the men and women of UNLV in the first duel meet of 2016. Throughout the meet the Gauchos dominated, winning 24 of the 32 events. The women beat the Rebels 168-93 and the men won 153-109.
The Gaucho women kicked off the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay. Cheyenne Low led in the backstroke, followed by Charis Hoppe, Rachel Kulik, and Lauren Vosseler to finish at a time of 1:43.83.
The men dominated the 1650 freestyle, taking one-two-three in the event. Andy Lau (16:14.90) led the pack, followed by Logan Hotchkiss (16:15.91) in second, and Matt Drum (16:36.15) in third.
Billy Mullis (1:40.12) continued the momentum for the men, sealing a first place finish in the 200 freestyle.
The Gauchos found victories in the 100 backstroke, with Julia Mikota (56.50) winning the women's heat and Albert Miao (51.19) winning the men's heat.
Madison Tedesco (2:06.99) and Chris Nolan (1:49.33) each found the wall first in the 200 butterfly. Tedesco also took home first in the women's 100 butterfly with a time of 58.35.
Lauren Vosseler led both sprint events, winning the 50 freestyle in 23.40 and the 100 freestyle in 51.10.
In a tight race for first, Eddie Sanchez (45.78) edged out UNLV's Kasey Foley (45.98) for a win in the men's 100 freestyle.
Julia Mikota (2:03.17) and Billy Mullis (1:50.45) each picked up wins in the 200 backstroke.
Alyssa Shew (2:20.08) took first in the women's 200 breaststroke, Katie Records (5:05.76) in the women's 500 freestyle, Eric Vanbrocklin (4:41.92) in the men's 500 freestyle, and Gabe Bolender (4:04.57) in the men's 400 IM.
The Gaucho women finished the meet with a win in the 200 freestyle relay, winning it in 1:34.30.
Catch the Gauchos back in the pool on January 22 for their meet against the University of the Pacific Tigers.