Gauchos' Quest for First MPSF Title Begins Wednesday
Feb. 22, 2011
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Swimming & Diving Championships
Belmont Plaza in Long Beach, Calif.
Wednesday, Feb. 23
200 Medley Relay, 800 Free Relay
Thursday, Feb. 24
500 Free, 200 Individual Medley, 50 Freestyle, 1-Meter Diving, 400 Medley Relay
Friday, Feb. 25
400 Individual Medley, 100 Butterfly, 200 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke, 100 Backstroke, 3-Meter Diving, 200 Free Relay
Saturday, Feb. 26
1650 Freestyle, 200 Backstroke, 100 Freestyle, 200 Breaststroke, 200 Butterfly, 400 Free Relay
The Week Ahead
The UC Santa Barbara women's swimming and diving team will travel to Belmont Plaza this week for the first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships. The Gauchos, who won 13 Big West team titles before the conference stopped carrying swimming and diving, will be on a quest to become the first MPSF women's swimming and diving champions.
Making The Cut
In addition to competing for conference titles this week, several UCSB swimmers will be looking to earn their spot at the 2011 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, which will be held in Austin, Texas the week of Mar. 17-19. Freshmen Sophia Yamauchi and Allie Knight have both achieved `B' cuts that could lead to berths into the championship, but don't guarantee a spot. Yamauchi has achieved `B' cuts in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.33) and the 200 breaststroke (2:14.31). The `A' cuts (automatic qualifying times) in the events are 59.99 seconds in the 100 and 2:09.72 in the 200. Knight has posted `B' standards in the 200 backstroke (1:58.63), the 200 IM (2:01.93) and the 400 IM (4:19.00). The `A' cuts in the events are 1:53.37 in the 200 back, 1:56.13 in the 200 IM and 4:07.33 in the 400 IM.
Planting The Seeds
UCSB heads into this week's meet with the top seed in six of the 20 events. The Gauchos' 400 free and 200 medley relays are the top-seeded teams. In the individual events, Allie Knight is seeded first in the 200 back and 400 IM. Paige Bradley has the top time in the 200 fly and Kendall Neely owns the top time in the 50 free.
Diving In Head First
Missy Burley will attempt to earn UCSB diving points at a championship meet for the first time in 11 years. Burley is the first member of the Gaucho diving team since the sport reemerged on the UCSB campus this fall. She will compete in the one-meter and two-meter events.