BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara swim start off their year strong with a solid day one performance at CSU Bakerfield's Sprint Classic. The men's team leads the overall ranking with 456.5 points after a strong performance on the first day, while University of Hawaii trails closely with 455 points. The women's team put up a strong fight against the University of Hawaii's women and follow by 4 points (377-369).
"I thought we were right about where we were expected to be this afternoon. We were on the bus for 3 hours this morning so to see the group put up some fast times was exciting, and I hope we can be even better tomorrow with a good night's rest. While we had several event winners and relay winners, our depth carried us. Junior woman Emily Ward had the swim of the day, anchoring our 800 free relay with a 1:49.7 pulling us from second to first over a strong Hawaii team," stated Head Coach Matt Macedo.
Brittney Straw had a strong performance in the 400 individual medley, placing 5th with a time of 4:30.85. Freshman teammate Dora Seggelke came in at 6th place, with teammate Kassidy Lemminn following in with an 8th place finish of her own.
On the men's side junior transfer Lucca Martin led the team in the 400 individual medley, placing 3rd with the time of 4:01.33. While freshman teammate Daniel Marella follows in 4th with a 4:04.34. Archer and Zach Shenkin had solid swims placing 7th and 8th, respectively.
Senior captain Tittle finished 2nd in the 50 fly with a 22.05 in a tight race against Hawaii's Mateusz Chaba (21.71). Junior Kian Brouwer finished closely behind with a 22.4 placing 3rd and teammate Oscar Jameson with a solid swim placing 5th.
The women were able to pick up a win in the 50 breast with Junior captain Quintana touching first at a 29.08. Fellow teammates Niki Proctor, Straw, and An Nguyen placed 4th, 8th, and 9th respectively.
Ward, Kulik, Sydney Rouse, and McGowan picked up a 3rd place finish in the 200 free relay, following behind SJSU and UH.
The men's relay rallied and out-touched the Hawaii men, placing 1st in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:22.29 by Ferguson, Justin Nguyen, Tittle, and Brouwer.
The Gaucho men and women swept the competition in the 800 free relays, both coming out with a 1st place finish. Rachael Forbes, Rouse, Haley Herzberg, and Ward came in with the time of 7:29.9; Ward had a lights out swim, anchoring the relay in a 1:49.7.
Ward picked up a 4th place finish in the 50 free with a time of 24.17 and teammate Rouse touched in 8th with a 24.44.
For the men's 50 free, Tittle was able to pick up another win with the fast time of 20.5. Teammate Nguyen came in at 3rd with a 20.90. Ferguson and Brouwer also finished placing in 6th and 8th, respectively.
On the Gaucho women's side, Ward continued performing strong, picking up a 2nd place finish and touching at 25.83 and teammate Middleton following at 26.53 in 3rd place. Elena England also had a good swim with an 8th place finish.
Archer finished in 4th place with a 23.65, while teammates Calvin Kirkpatrick and Nguyen finished in 5th and 6th place with a 24.05 and 24.5.
In the final event of the day, energy was high on the women's side and Quintana picked up a 1st place finish in the 100 individual medley with a time of 57.84. Teammates Middleton and Rouse also swam well placing 7th and 8th, respectively.
Freshman male Marella placed 6th on the men's side with a time of 53.27.
The UC Santa Barbara team will compete again tomorrow on Oct 9 at Bakersfield in longer distance stroke and freestyle events.