February 21, 2007

UCSB Holds A Strong Second at Big West

Feb. 21, 2007

LONG BEACH, Calif. - UCSB has made their presence known at the 2007 Big West Championship meet at the Belmont Plaza in Long Beach, California. Only three events were swam on the first day of the four day meet and UCSB took a first place title and a close second in another event rounding out in the top two for overall points, UOP 119, UCSB 104, Northridge 87 and UCI 83.

The Gauchos 800 free relay set a new Big West meet record and a new UCSB school record by almost two full seconds. Jen Schwalb, Liz Wagner, Erin Yamamoto and Nadia Dwidar destroyed it with a 7:18.84 on the first night of Big West competition. The record was set by UCSB just last year at 7:20.98. The 800 free relay was led off by senior team captain Jen Schwalb, who also set a UCSB school record herself, beating the record set by Kim Bryson in the 200 free set in 1988 of 1:49.45. Schwalb is now down in the record books for a 1:49.35 in the 200 free as her fifth individual record held for UCSB.

The 200 Medley relay swam by Jamie Lathers, Katy Freeman, Jen Schwalb and Anne Marie May took second to UCI, but were able to squeak under the 2004 UCSB school record in that event setting the new record at 1:42.57.

The Gauchos finished fifth in the 1000 free, Jess Schwalb finishing with a time of 10:34.53. Teammate Ashley Yamahata came in 8th with w time of 10:38.89, and Nika Tayrien came in 12th with a time of 10:41.13.

The Gauchos will rest up and be back in the water for prelims at 11:00 AM at the Belmont Plaza. Finals will begin at 6 PM.