Dec. 20, 2005
LAS VEGAS, Nevada - Three days of intense competition ended with UCSB on top of the ten schools swimming at the University of Las Vegas Winter Invitational at Buchanen Natatorium.
The Gauchos conquered the meet in every swim. Jen Schwalb had a great meet, she took four individual first place finishes in the 200 IM, 2:03.70, in the 100 breast, 1:04.65, and in the 100 fly, 55.16, and 200 fly, 2:01.22. Freshman teammate Erin Yamamoto was right behind her in second place for both fly events with times of 55.70 and 2:03.24, respectively. Schwalb was second in the 500 free, 4:57.19, and fifth in the 100 back, 58.66. She also helped the 800 free relay take first and 400 Medley Relay take second.
Schwalb was not the only swimmer with a great meet, it took many personal best swims for the Gauchos to rack up the points. Jessica Cruzat had three first place finishes in the 100 and 200 back, 56.16 and 2:00.87 as well as the 400 IM 4:23.02. Cruzat was also second in the 200 IM, 2:07.17, and fourth in the 500 free 5:02.01. She helped her teammates in the 200 medley relay to take first and was a big part of the 400 medley relay that took second.
Nadia Dwidar took third in the 200 free, 1:52.06, fifth in the 100 free, 52.09 and played a role on the 400 free relay and the first place 800 free relay as well as third place 200 free relay. Courtney Jenkins took third and helped teammates Schwalb and Cruzat to take the top three places of the 200 IM, 2:06.73. Jenkins was fourth in the 400 IM, 4:29.82, and sixth in the 200 free, 1:54.22. Katy Freeman took second in the 100 breast 1:04.81, giving teammate Schwalb a run for first. Freeman also took second in the 200 breast, 2:19.24. Also helping the point rally was Danielle Taylor taking fifth in the 200 back, 2:06.99 and Ashley Yamahata taking 12th in the mile event, 17.55.32.
The Gauchos will head home and enjoy the holidays before their next meet against Texas and USC on January 7, 2006 in Los Angeles.