UCSB Leads Big West After Day Two

Feb. 22, 2007

LONG BEACH, Calif. - The Gauchos have taken the lead at the Big West Championships after day two of swimming at the Belmont Plaza in Long Beach, California. They lead with a score of 310.5, University of the Pacific takes second with 272 and UCI rounds out the top three with 188.

Liz Wagner started off the meet with a winning swim in the 500 free, 4:53.81. That time will give her consideration for NCAA. Teammate Jessica Cruzat took third in that event, 4:59.92 and Nika Tyrien took seventh, 5:06.59.

In the next event senior captain Jen Schwalb, who has had an outstanding meet thus far, broke her own school record set in 2005 in the 200 individual medley. She knocked off a second from her record of 2:01.89 to post a 2:00.56, but was touched out of the win by UCI. Finishing sixth, seventh and eighth in the medley event was Erin Yamamoto, 2:06.36, Courtney Jenkins, 2:07.74 and Katy Freeman 2:08.71, respectively.

Anne Marie May marked her name in the record books with a commanding victory in the 50 free, 22.78. She beat both the UCSB school record of 22.78 set by Jennifer Lyes in 2004 and the Big West record of 22.72. Her swim was also an automatic NCAA qualifying time. Teammate Jamie Lathers finished fifth in the 50 free with a time of 23.74.

To finish the night the Gauchos took first in the 400 Medley relay with a time of 3:44.27. Jessica Cruzat, Katy Freeman, Jen Schwalb and Anne Marie May were just a few hundredths of a second shy of the UCSB school record.

Tomorrow the Gauchos will face day three of the Big West Championship starting with prelims at 11:00 AM and finals at 6:00 PM at the Belmont Plaza.