Oct. 26, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. - UC Santa Barbara women's swimming fell behind Arizona State 136-63 on the first day of competition in Tempe. The meet started off with a spark as the 200 medley relay team took the victory over ASU. However, the Gauchos could not keep up with the pace and took only one other indvidiual victory.
Junior Jessica Cruzat lead off the winning relay team followed by freshman Sara Nicponski, junior Erin Yamamoto, and freshman anchor Anne Marie May. The Gauchos narrowly beat out their competition for the number one spot, 1:44.48.
Nicponski's rookie status was nowhere to be seen on Friday when she claimed the top spot in the 100 breaststroke, 1:03.92. Junior Katy Freeman earned a point in the event, placing fifth, 1:06.27.
Cruzat and sophomore Naomi Javanifard took the second, 57.30, and third place, 57.74, spots in the 100 backstroke for a total of seven points. Another second place finish went to Cruzat in the 200 IM, 2:07.15.
The 200 fly saw Yamamoto take second place by barely beating out her Sun Devil competition, 2:03.66. May swam to a close third place finish in the 50 free, 23.87.
ASU closed out the swimming events with a win in the 400 free relay. Other Sun Devils winners were Christine Mauro in the 1650 free, double victor Jen Beckberger in the 200 and 50, Caitlin Andrew in the 100 back, Ashton Aubry in the 200 fly, and Ashley Evans in the 200 IM.
Due to the lack of diving squad for the Gauchos, ASU was able to sweep both events.
The Gauchos will be back in action tomorrow at 11AM in at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center to try and steal the victory from ASU.