UCSB Men Hold on Tight to First Place Lead at Big West, Women Battling UCD for First

Feb. 16, 2006

LONG BEACH, Calif. - UCSB only had one win on the second day of competition at the Big West Swimming and Diving Championship meet at the Belmont Plaza in Long Beach, but they had top scoring combos that kept their standings.

The men took second, third and fourth places in the 500 free with Garrett Porteous 4:30.20, Brooks Felton 4:31.76, and Myles Peck 4:31.84, respectively. Pat Cary took fifth in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:52.61. Grant Hurst stepped up in the sprint event of the day and took third in 50 free with a time of 20.89. Curtis Bauer, Bradley Matsumoto, Patrick Ota and Robert Hansen swam the 200 free relay and took second, 1:22.17, touched out by UC Irvine.

The women are in contention with UC Davis for first place, only eight points behind. They won only one event regardless of their good swims, but are gaining points by showing their depth as a team. Demeulenaere, Lathers, Carlin and Dwidar won the 200 free relay, 1:34.28. Jen Schwalb took second in the 200 individual medley, 2:02.24, and Jessica Cruzat was right behind her in third, 2:03.57. Courtney Jenkins took fifth in that same event, 2:04.97. Erin Yamamoto third in the 500 free with a time of 5:01.75. In the 50 free UCSB took sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth place; Jenisse Demeulenaere, 23.92, Nadia Dwidar, 23.92, Jamie Lathers, 24.13 and Josefa Carlin, 24.02, respectively.

Team scores after the second day of competition are as follows: Women's UC Davis-304.0; UC Santa Barbara-300.0; UC Irvine-247.0; Pacific-240.0; Cal Poly-105.0; Cal State Northridge-97.0

Men's UC Santa Barbara-308.0; UC Irvine-227.0; Pacific-226.0; UC Davis-215.0; Cal State Northridge-130.0; Cal Poly-83.0

UCSB will be back in the water at the Belmont Plaza at 11am for prelims and again at 6pm for finals Friday, February 17. 2006, with another exciting day of swims ahead of them.