LOS ANGELES, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara men's and women's swim team traveled down to LA for an exciting day of competition, only to turn right around and head back home due to poor air quality. The devastating fires happening in the area have affected not only this meet, but many family's lives and homes. Thousands of people have been evacuated along the California coast due to the multiple fires. For updates on the California fires please visit http://www.fire.ca.gov/general/firemaps.
The Gaucho women's team was scheduled to compete against UCLA and UC San Diego while the men's team was going to race only UCSD.
The swimmers were able to complete three events before officials confirmed the air quality was not good for athletes to compete in. The meet was officially canceled at that time and everyone was sent home.
Women's captain Heaven Quintana stated, "It was unfortunate that we were not able to finish the meet but our team was able to stay positive and spirits were high getting back on the bus. We look forward to January to race these teams again and finish what we started."
UCLA has tentatively rescheduled this meet for January 11, 2019. A definite reschedule date will be released soon.
For more information on the fires or how you can help the families that have been affected, please visit https://www.calfund.org/socalwildfire/.