UNLV Winter Invite Wraps Up Second Day

Dec. 16, 2007

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - UC Santa Barbara came into the second day of the UNLV Winter Invite looking to show that their five first place victories from the day before was no fluke. What they got was Junior Erin Yamamoto taking two individual events and not to mention dominance from the women's 200 medley relay and 800 free relay teams.

The women's 200 medley relay team, made up of Jessica Cruzat, Sara Nicponski, Erin Yamamoto, and Anne Marie May, started off the meet in the best way they could, taking first place in the event (1:44.32). It was a 1-2 finish for the UCSB relay teams with the "B" team of Naomi Javanifard, Katy Freeman, Katie Ure, and Courtney Bauer finishing in 1:45.91.

However, the story of the night turned out to be Yamamoto's double victories in the 100 fly and the 200 free. Coming in to the final as the second-seed, she never looked back and beat her Ute opponent in 55.95 for the win. Yamamoto only had the men's final in the 100 fly to rest before she was back in action in the 200 free. She used all the momentum left over from her previous race and seized the victory in 1:51.71.

In a turn of events from last week, Freeman beat out Nicponski for second place in the women's 100 breast final. Freeman placed second in 1:05.34 and Nicponski swam to third in 1:05.61. Sophomore Dan Nyaradi placed sixth in the men's 100 breast final, clocking in at 58.35.

Junior Chris Good turned out a second place finish in the 400 IM, touching the board at 4:03.05. Nyaradi was seventh in the race, pacing himself at 4:06.38. Sophomore Scott Vogelgesang took fourth in the 200 free, narrowly missing the third spot in 1:41.25.

In other news, Cruzat backstroked her way to third place in the final of the women's 100 back (57.39). Curtis Bauer, Jeff Sudbury, Chris Wiggin, and Bradley Matsumoto swam well enough to finish in third place of their 200 medley relay in 1:31.75.

To round out the individual events of the night, Wiggin and Jon Kraetsch took sixth and eighth respectively in the 100 fly. Wiggin swam it in 51.31 with Kraetsch coming in at 51.52.

Ending the day results was the women's 800 free relay team who took first place in their final. Bauer, Yamamoto, May and Lindsay Gaudinier timed in a 7:34.19 in the victory. The men's 800 free relay, made up of Dan Morris, Joe Wood, Brett Chamberlain, and Mason Edwards placed second in 6:51.54

The Invite action will conclude tomorrow with the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 400 free relay, and 1650 free finals taking place.