March 21, 2008

Gaucho Relay Highlights Second Day of NCAA Championships

March 21, 2008

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The UC Santa Barbara women's swim team continued action at the 2008 NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday at Ohio State. The Gaucho 200 medley relay's 12th place finish was the highlight of the second day of competition in Columbus.

With the sixth-seed into the 200 medley relay on Friday, the team made-up of Naomi Javanifard, Sara Nicponski, Erin Yamamoto, and Anne Marie May swam to a 1:39.57 mark in prelims, the 11th best time of the morning, assuring them a spot in the 200 medley relay consolation finals.

In the evening finals, the Gauchos finished in 1:39.96, good for fourth in their consolation heat and 12th overall in the event, earning the group their second Honorable Mention All-American honors of the weekend. They earned their first honor Thursday evening when they placed 15th with their school record-setting performance in the 400 medley relay.

In the 100 butterfly, Yamamoto represented the Gauchos. The junior posted a time of 54.73, placing 46th overall, two places higher than her 48th seed into the event.

As the individual events continued, Katy Freeman and Nicponski both swam the 100 breaststroke. Nicponski just beat out her teammate, coming in 20th in the prelims with a time of 1:01.86, just .30 second shy of matching her personal best. Freeman came in 23rd with a mark of 1:02.05.

In the final individual performance of the day, Javanifard came in 41st in the 100 back prelims, posting a time of 56.15.

After day two of the championships, the Gauchos currently have 30 team points. This marks the first time since 1990 that UCSB has scored points at the women's NCAA's.

The 2008 NCAA Women's Division I Championships will conclude on Saturday with the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, platform diving, and the 400 free relay. May is seeded 33rd in the 100 free, Freeman is seeded seventh in the 100 breast, and Yamamoto is seeded 44th in the 200 fly.