Oct. 15, 2005
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara had 12 individual wins against Oregon State and had five individual wins against UCLA today at Campus Pool during the three way dual meet. Jen Schwalb took first place overall in the 200yrd butterfly, 2:02.01, a solid victory for the Gauchos. Schwalb also won the 200 Individual Medley, 2:05.35, a fantastic time coming off her second place finishing 100 butterfly swim. The 50 free was the surprise event of the meet. Freshman Jamie Lathers, a walk on recreational swimmer surprised everyone at the meet with her lifetime best swim during her first collegiate meet and won the event, 24.16. In the 200 backstroke Jessica Cruzat won it from the first lap, by significant amount finishing with a time 2:01.1. The Gauchos finished up the meet by sending out four freshmen swimmers to win the 400 freestyle relay, just seconds off the record breaking 400 relay of last years Gauchos. Liz Wagner, Nadia Dwidar, Erin Yamamoto, and Jenisse Demeulenaere closed out the meet with a bang in the 400 free relay touching out UCLA and were seconds ahead of OSU.
There were many great performances made by the Gauchos contributing to their overall early season performance. The 200 Medley Relay started the meet off charging. UCSB was only tenths of a second off UCLA and two seconds ahead of OSU. The 1000 freestyle was the weakest event although the two Gaucho freshmen Ashley Yamahata and Kaelan Dickinson did well. This was Dickinson's first 1000 event, but her performance did not reflect her experience. The 200 free held three lifetime bests for UCSB. Liz Wagner had the fastest 200 free in season by any Gaucho,1:50.36, and took second to multi-event All American Kim Vandenberg. Wagner's lifetime best under the pressure of her first collegiate meet. Jenisse DeMuelenaere had a lifetime best, 1:54.09, in the 200 free, as well as Courtney Jenkins, 1:55.48. In the 100 back Jessica Cruzat took second, 56.83, to All American Katie Arnold, UCLA. Freshman Katie Freeman touched out by UCLA in the 100yrd breaststroke, her time was four seconds faster than last year. Recruitment is paying off for UCSB putting up a good show against two Pac-10 teams.
This was the first meet of the year and is being considered by far the best dual meet in last 21 years commending the Gauchos overall effort. Last year UCSB lost to Oregon State this time during the season, so this win starts the Gauchos off to a great start, but according to Head Coach Gregg Wilson, "they have a long way to go; they are young kids and they stumble along the way, but they look promising" The Gauchos are looking forward to their next head to head challenge against Arizona State as well as Penn State in Tempe, October 28 and 29, 2005.