Oct. 23, 2010
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara women's swim team opened the 2010-11 season on Saturday with a triple dual meet at UCLA's Spieker Aquatics Center. The Gauchos defeated Oregon State, 170-92, but fell to the Bruins, 156-98.
Freshman Sophia Yamauchi got her collegiate career out to a great start by posting a NCAA "B" qualifying time in the 100 breaststroke. Her time of 1:02.18 earned her second place behind UCLA's Brittany Beauchan and is the third fastest time in the event in UCSB history. The newcomer also took second in the 200 breaststroke with a mark of 2:16.44, which is the fourth fastest time ever by a Gaucho.
Freshman Andrea Ward also made an impact in her first meet with UCSB, taking first in the 500 freestyle in 4:59.26, out-touching second-place finisher Samantha Vanden Berge of UCLA by .31 seconds.
UCSB topped Oregon State in all but two events: the 100 and 200 backstroke. UCLA, however, finished in front of the Gauchos in 13 of 16 events.
Paige Bradley got the first-place points in the 400 individual medley after posting a mark of 4:23.36 - which ranks as the sixth fastest in program history - and the UCSB 200 freestyle "A" relay of Mariah Tharp, Anne Peanasky, Katie Stover and Yamamuchi took first with a time of 1:34.58. Both the wins came after UCLA switched its swimmers to exhibition status, forfeiting the points that they would earn in the events.
The Gauchos opened the meet with a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay. The team of Stover, Yamamuchi, Miranda Schneider and Tharp touched the wall in 1:45.10.
In addition to her top finish in the 400 IM, Bradley also finished third in the 100 breast (1:04.31) and the 200 breast (2:20.47).
Mariah Tharp was the Gauchos' top finisher in the 50 free coming in third in 24.24. She then finished fourth in the 100 free in 53.17, just behind teammate Katie Tomkinson, who took third with a time of 53.00.
Katie Stover rounded out UCSB's top-three finishes with third place in the 200 backstroke (2:02.77).
UCSB will be back in action on Saturday, Nov. 6 when it hosts UC San Diego in a non-conference dual meet at 11 am. The meet will serve as the 2010-11 home opener as well as the men's swim team's season-opener.