January 7, 2009

Gauchos Open New Year With Dual Meet at USC

Jan. 7, 2009

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• The Schedule
Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009
UC Santa Barbara at USC (M & W), 1 p.m.
at USC's McDonald's Swim Stadium

• Take Your Marks...
The UC Santa Barbara swim teams will resume action after a month off from competition with a nonconference dual meet at USC at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The women carry a 4-1 dual meet record into this weekend's action and the men are perfect with a 3-0 dual record.

• Backstroking
The weekend of Dec. 4-6, the UCSB men and women traveled to Federal Way, Wash. for the Husky Invitational hosted by Washington. The meet was a huge success for both teams as each finished third amongst a very competitive field. During the three-day competition, seven new Gaucho records were set, six of which are also new Big West Conference records.

• May Makes Her Mark
Junior Anne Marie May has continued to carve her way into the UCSB history books. At the Husky Invite, she broke her own school records in the 50 and 100 freestyle. She touched the wall in 21.96 seconds in the 50 free, making her the first Gaucho women to go under 22 seconds in the event. The mark was also a "B" qualifying standard for the NCAA Championships as was her record-setting time of 48.83 in the 100 free. She also posted a time of 1:02.39 in the 100 breaststroke, missing the "B" qualifying standard in that event by .01 seconds. In addition to her two individual records, May anchored four record-setting relays at the meet.

• Rockin' Relays
The women set four school and Big West relay records at the Husky Invite, while also making NCAA Championship "B" qualifying standards. The 200 free relay team of Nadia Dwidar, Naomi Javanifard, Courtney Bauer and May posted a time of 1:30.71 breaking an eight-year old conference record set by Nevada. Bauer, Dwidar, Erin Yamamoto and May beat a 10-year old BWC record, also held by Nevada, in the 400 free relay with a mark of 3:20.26. Javanifard, Sara Nicponski, Yamamoto and May posted a record time of 1:38.57 in the 200 medley relay and Javanifard, Katy Freeman, Yamamoto and May posted a mark of 3:37.87 in the 400 medley relay. On the men's end, the 200 free relay of Joe Wood, Jeff Sudbury, Kevin Kuhn and Bradley Matsumoto made a "B" qualifying standard with their time of 1:19.69, which was just .63 off of the school record set last season.

• Good? More Like Great!
Senior Chris Good, like May, broke his own school record. Good posted a time of 1:46.42 in the 200 backstroke, beating his own record set in 2007.

• Raising Their Standards
In addition to May and the relays, a few other individuals made NCAA "B" qualifying standards in Washington. Freeman and Nicponski each made the cuts in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Freeman owns the top times by a Gaucho in both events this season with a 1:00.98 in the 100 and a 2:11.35 in the 200. Nicponski swam the 100 in 1:01.08 and the 200 in 2:14.38. Javanifard made the "B" standard in the 100 backstroke after swimming a relay leadoff split of 55.13 in the event.

• Rank And File
After ranking 24th in the CSCAA Division I dual meet rankings released on Oct. 31, the UCSB men's swim team is now listed as "others receiving votes" in the Dec. 11 poll with 19 votes. The women are also receiving votes - 18 to be exact. Georgia is currently ranked No. 1 on the women's side while Texas holds the top spot for the men.

• Taking Down The Trojans
The Gauchos will face the No. 9 ranked USC women and the No. 21 ranked Trojan men on Saturday. The USC men have gone 3-0 in dual meet action and took second at the Husky Invite. Last season, UCSB defeated the Trojans for the first time in program history with a dual meet score of 148-57. The USC women have posted a 2-0 dual record and took first at both the SMU Invite in Oct. and the Husky Invite. The Gaucho women dropped last season's dual with the Trojans, 109-94.

• Gaucho Homecoming
Both the UCSB men and women will return to Campus Pool on Jan. 17 for a conference dual meet with UC Davis at noon. It will be the teams' first home meet since Nov. 22. Admission, as always, is free to all Gaucho home swim meets.

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