UCSB Heads South for the Big West Swimming Championships
Feb. 19, 2008
Big West Championships
Long Beach, Calif.
Belmonst Plaza Pool
UCSB at UC Davis
UCSB at Pacific
Fighting for their last dual meet season wins of the year, UC Santa Barbara came out the victor of both meets, careening UC Davis and Pacific off the path of victory. The men improved to an 8-1 record while them women are at a strong 8-3. The male Gauchos are still ranked 24th on the College Swim Coaches Association of America list of top 25 dual meet teams.
Junior Travis Jepson dug into his pocket of tricks over the weekend to help secure his Big West Athlete of the Week hone. Jepson recorded two season best marks against the Pacific Tigers in the 100 and 200 breast. First up was the 100, in which he helped go 1-2 with junior Jeff Sudbury. His season-best time was recorded at 58.31 wih Sudbury going 57.57. Jepson won the 200 breast in 2:03.98 to complete his impressive weekend which is over four seconds faster than his previous time of 2:08.09.
If You're Not First, You're Last
With two meets over the weekend, many athletes won multiple events helping their teammates pursue their dreams of gold. The relay teams are no stranger to victory and like to keep close friends with it. The women's 200 medley relay closed out their deal with a pair of wins during the weekend. Naomi Javanifard, Sara Nicpnski, Erin Yamamoto and alternating anchors Courtney Bauer and Anne Marie May swam the event posting a 1:44.10 against Davis and a 1:43.70 versus Pacific.
Matt Bartlett, Sudbury, Danny McClary, and anchors Mason Edwards and Bradley Matsumoto cashed in the same opportunity as the women, winning the gold in both meets' version of the 200 medley relay. With Matsumoto as the anchor against Davis, the Gauchos went 1:31.87 and with Edwards as the fourth leg versus the Tigers, UCSB went 1:32.57.
Sophomore Jessica Schwalb recorded the only 1000 free Gaucho victory over the weekend, beating out freshman Kelsey Lewis with a season-best time of 10:35.19. Yamamoto captured two wins against Davis and took one from Pacific. On Friday, she swam to first place in the 200 free (1:53.30) and in the 100 fly (56.44). Yamamoto chose the 100 fly as her victory stroke versus the Tigers (57.16). Sophomore Scott Vogelgesang swept the 200 free clocking in at 1:41.56 in Davis and 1:42.48 in Stockton.
In the 100 back, Naomi Javanifard took the cake in the Aggie meet (58.53) while Bartlett swam to success in both meets. He finished in 51.22 versus Davis to beat junior Chris Good while on Saturday he took down Pacific's Wojiech Betlej in 50.14. Freshman Brittany Borowitz placed first in the 200 fly and 200 IM during the Davis meet. In the 200 fly, Borowitz was timed at 2:06.36 while in the 200 IM, she claimed a time of 2:08.60.
Anne Marie May sprinted to success in the 50 and 100 free events. Versus Davis, May nabbed first in 23.71 and 23.57 on the respective days. She claimed the 100 free against the Tigers in 51.82 whilst only having the men's 50 to rest. The Bauer siblings enjoyed their own personal victories with Courtney winning the 100 free on Friday (52.69) and Curtis garnering the win in the 50 free on Saturday (21.29) with a season-best time. Joe Wood and Matsumoto helped the Gauchos with victories in the 100 free with Wood beating the Aggies in 46.23 and Matsumoto caging the tigers in 46.67.
Sophomore Katie Ure pulled away for a win in the 200 back versus Davis (2:06.94) and Good accomplished the same feat winning in 1:50.60. Junior Katy Freeman beat Pacific's Ziada Jardine to win the 200 breast (2:19.95). McClary wanted a win of his own, so he took the 200 IM in 1:51.92. The Gauchos swept the 500 free against Pacific with freshman Lindsay Gaudinier pulling a 5:03.46 and senior co-captain Brooks Felton stroked a 4:39.38. Sophomore Chris Wiggin beat out his Tiger competition to win the 100 fly in 51.00 beating out the second place swimmer by .77 of a second.
On Friday, the Gauchos finished the meet with a sweep of the the 400 free relays. The women went first and won with a 3:30.34 and the men closing off a narrow meet victory with the Aggies, took the race in 3:04.71. Against Pacific, UCSB swam the 200 free relay took the last gold medals of the dual meet season. Nadia Dwidar swam 23.46 split in the women's 1:35.22 win while the men went 1-2, with the "A" team clocking in at 1:24.82.
End of the Lane The Big West Swimming and Diving Championships is on deck for the Gauchos. Beginning Feb. 20 and spanning four days, the BWC will decide the league champions in each event. Last season, the women took first at the Championships garnering 844.5 points to Pacific's 678. The men took second to UC Irvine, a team the Gauchos have yet to compete with in the 2007-2008 season. The Gauchos 8-1 record in the best that the men's swim team has obtained in the tenure of head coach Gregg Wilson. Qualifying rounds will take place on the last three days and begin at 10:30 and each of the four days will consist of finals that begin at 6 PM. The final events are broken down into:
Wednesday: 200 Medley Relay, 1000 Freestyle, 800 Freestyle Relay
Thursday: 500 Freestyle, 200 Individual Medley, 50 Freestyle, Men's 1M Diving, 400 Medley Relay
Friday: 400 Individual Medley, 100 Butterfly, 200 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke, 100 Backstroke, Women's 3M Diving, 200 Freestyle Relay
Saturday: 1650 Freestyle, 200 Backstroke, 100 Freestyle, 200 Breaststroke, 200 Butterfly, 400 Freestyle Relay