UCSB Women Swim Take Home a Win and a Loss

Photo by Jeilo Gauna
Photo by Jeilo Gauna

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - UC Santa Barbara women's swimming traveled down south to square off against UCLA and UCSD. The Gaucho women were able to take home a win against against UCSD, but a loss to a tough UCLA. 

Head coach Matt Macedo stated, "Overall, I thought we were right where we expected to be as a team. While we struggled to match UCLA's firepower, we had some really strong swims following several tough weeks of training camp. Racing outside in the late afternoon was a great way for our group to prepare for our conference championship as that meet will be outside next month."

The women were looking for a repeat of last year's meet where they beat UCLA for the first time in decades, but unfortunately UCLA came back with a vengeance. 

The meet started off with UCSB placing a close second (1:44.34) in the 200 medley relay behind UCLA (1:41.05). The Gaucho squad consisted of Tara Middleton in the backstroke, Heaven Quintana in the breaststroke, Jacquelyn Harris in the butterfly, and Bryn McGowan in the freestyle. 

Up next was the 1000 freestyle where Gauchos Rachel Forbes (10:25.63) and Kassidy Lemminn (10:32.65) earned the team a third and fourth place. 

Following their lead was a great swim from Emily Ward who stole a second place finish in the 200 freestyle (1:51.19) and teammate Haley Herzberg trailed with a sixth place finish (1:52.76).

UCSB was then able to snatch three places within the top eight of the 100 backstroke from Middleton (57.94) in second, Elena England (58.18) in fifth, and Micah Toetter (1:00.14) in eighth. 

Junior captain Heaven Quintana had an outstanding win in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.45), beating the strong UCLA girls by over a second. Following her lead was teammates Brittney Straw (1:05.83) tied for first and An Nguyen in seventh (1:06.56).

Maddie Johnson and Molly McCance held their own in the 200 butterfly with a third place finish from Johnson (2:06.11) and a fourth place from McCance (2:06.56). Teammate Dora Seggelke followed close behind with a time of 2:07.28, finishing in sixth. 

The 50 freestyle proved to be a great race for the Gaucho women as they had four out of the top eight. Ward led the success with a third place (24.02), Marriott Hoffmann came in fourth (24.22), Rachel Kulik tied for fifth (24.48), and McGowan took seventh (24.65).

Ward had another fantastic swim in the 100 freestyle placing second (51.98) only 0.66 seconds behind UCLA. Teammates Harris and Hoffmann secured fourth (52.71) and fifth (53.03). 

The 200 backstroke proved to be a tough race for UCSB, but Gauchos England and Sydney Rouse were able to pull out a sixth place (2:06.26) and an eighth place (2:06.63).

Following the backstroke was the 200 breaststroke where Straw took third (2:20.05) and Nguyen finished fourth (2:21.02). 

Herzberg had a huge swim in the 500 freestyle, winning her team a third place finish with a time of 5:02.42 followed by teammates Lemminn in fifth (5:05.57), Forbes in sixth (5:09.04), and Seggelke in seventh (5:09.86).

Guachos Harris and Quintana grabbed a second and fourth in the 100 butterfly with times 54.88 and 56.56. Teammate Kulik trailed behind finishing in seventh with a 58.02. 

The Gaucho women were a strong force to be reckoned with in the 200 IM. Quintana redeemed herself in the next race, the 200 IM, snatching a second place finish with a time of 2:07.19, followed by Rouse in third (2:09.80), Johnson in fourth (2:11.45), and Nguyen in fifth (2:11.46). 

UCSB finished with a huge bang in the last race of the day, the 200 freestyle relay. They swept first (1:36.64), second (1:37.95), and third (1:38.80). 

The Gaucho women will be traveling over to Las Vegas, Neva. to compete at UNLV next weekend.