Gaucho Women's Swimming Strikes Again in Their Home Pool

Gaucho Women's Swimming Strikes Again in Their Home Pool

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UCSB women's swim team had back-to-back victories this weekend in their home pool. The Gaucho women first honored their seniors with a win against University of Pacific and followed the trend on the following day against UCD. 

This was the last meet in their home pool for senior women An Nguyen, Lilly Helmuth-Malone, Gabby Penvenne, and Rachel Kulik. The team wishes the seniors the best for their futures and thanks them for these last four years. 

UCSB launched the winning streak in the first event of the day in their second meet against UCD, the 200 medley relay. The A relay placed first (1:43.89) consisting of Tara Middleton, Heaven Quintana, Jacquelyn Harris, and Marriott Hoffmann. Following closesly was the B squad finishing in third (1:47.87).

Rachel Forbes (10:20.83) and Kassidy Lemminn (10:39.91) scored their team a second and third place finish in the 1000 freestyle. 

Haley Herzberg had an outstanding swim in the 200 freestyle ending with a 1:52.12 just out-touching teammate Emily Ward in fourth (1:52.71). 

Up next in the 100 backstroke, UCSB went second, third, fourth from swimmers Middleton (57.03), Micha Toetter (57.59), and Elena England (57.84).

Brittney Straw came in with a second place finish in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.45) followed closely by senior captain Nguyen (1:05.63) in third. 

Junior captain Heaven Quintana earned her first individual win of the day in the 200 butterfly (2:01.26) followed by Madelyn Johnson in second (2:04.56). 

The highlight race of the day came from Hoffmann dipping below the 24 second mark in the 50 freestyle earning her first with a 23.99. Teammates Kulik and Ward trailed close behind in second (24.01) and fourth (24.13). 

Ward came back from the 50 free with a win in the 100 freestyle finishing with a 51.84 with teammate Hoffmann right behind in third (52.42).

In the 200 backstroke, Gauchos England and Toetter finished second (2:03.06) and third  (2:05.72) respectively. 

Senior captain Nguyen had an unforgettable race in the 200 breaststroke where she earned first place (2:18.53) to close out her final meet in her home pool. 

Herzberg came back for a second palce in the 500 freestyle (5:01.32) with Lemminn not far behind in fourth (5:06.62). 

Quintana dished out her second individual win of the day in the 100 butterfly with a time of 56.17. Gauchos Harris (57.50) and Johnson (57.57) contributed to earn the team a sweep in the race. 

Quintana shocked fans with a third individual win of the day in the 200 individual medley (2:04.86). Teammates Sydney Rouse and Straw finished in third (2:07.25) and fifth (2:08.79). 

In the final race of the day, the Gaucho A squad of England, Hoffmann, Harris, and Ward took home first place with the official time of 3:28.84. 

UCSB ended the day with a total score of 153 to 109. 

The Gaucho women have one final meet against rivals Cal Poly before they will be traveling down to Los Angeles for the MPSF Championship on Feb. 20-23.