January 28, 2009

Gauchos Will Try Their Luck at UNLV on Saturday

Jan. 28, 2009

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• The Schedule
Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009
UC Santa Barbara at UNLV, 11 a.m.
at Buchanan Natatorium

• Take Your Marks...
The UC Santa Barbara swim teams will hit the road this weekend and travel to UNLV for the final road dual meet of the 2008-09 season. The Gauchos and Rebels will square off at 11 a.m. at UNLV's Buchanan Natatorium.

• Backstroking
Two weeks ago, UCSB played host to Big West Conference foe UC Davis in a dual meet on Jan. 17. The Gaucho women posted a 154.5-87.5 victory while the men outswam the Aggies, 168-95. During the meet, the Gauchos had five double individual event winners: Naomi Javanifard (100 back, 100 fly), Chris Good (100 back, 200 back), Katie Ure (200 fly, 200 back), Danny McClary (200 fly, 100 fly) and Anne Marie May (50 free, 100 free).

• Men Gaining Momentum
Though currently the Gaucho top-times lists from this season are mostly littered with marks from December's Husky Invitational - a meet which most of the swimmers were shaved or tapered for - a few swimmers turned in their best marks of the season against UC Davis. Joe Plume, who spent the fall playing for the men's water polo team, captured first in the 200 free with a season-best time of 1:40.85. The time is the fifth-best mark by a Gaucho in that event this season. In the 1000, Brett Chamberlain (9:39.12) and Spencer Holbrook (9:51.40) turned in their best times of the season. Cody Miller posted his season-best times in both the 100 (1:00.25) and 200 (2:11.72) breast and Mitchell Long had his top mark in the 100 breast (1:00.75) while Jeff Sudbury saw improvement in the 200 breast (2:06.85).

• A Duo Of Top Times
Two Gaucho women posted top times against the Aggies. Lindsay Gaudinier's win in the 1000 free with a mark of 10:18.01, which is an 11.16 seconds improvement upon her previous best at the Northridge meet and is less than a second off of her career best mark of 10:17.85 from last season's Big West Championships. Kaelan Dickinson also posted a season best in the 100 breast, touching the wall in 1:08.89.

• 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 Jan. 16 poll with 13 votes. The women are also receiving votes - 14 to be exact. Georgia is currently ranked No. 1 on the women's side while Texas holds the top spot for the men.

• Best In The (Big) West
On the Big West Conference's list of top-20 times this season, the UCSB women hold the top spot in 14 of 19 events, including all five relays. The Gauchos are also the only swimmers in the Big West to already meet NCAA championship "B" qualifying standards. UCSB has turned in a total of 11 "B" standards in nine events. On the men's side, the Gauchos currently own the top Big West times this season in six events, including both the 200 and 400 medley relays.

• Rebel Rousing
The Gauchos will face UNLV this week in what will be their final non-conference, as well as road dual of the season. The Rebel men are perfect in dual meets this season, posting a flawless 6-0 record, while the women are 5-3 in head-to-head action. Last time the two teams met was in Santa Barbara on Jan. 26, 2008. The women captured a 149-113 victory while the men narrowly defeated the Rebels, 133-129. The last time the Gauchos made the trip to Sin City, however, the story was different. UNLV swept both sides of the dual, defeating the men 155-106 and posting a 121-120 victory over the women on Jan. 27, 2007.

• Coming Soon
Following Saturday's meet, UCSB returns home for its final dual meet of the season on Feb. 7. The Gauchos will face-off with conference foe Pacific at Campus Pool at 11 a.m. Prior to the meet UCSB's senior swimmers will be honored. Admission, as always, is free.

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