Gaucho Women Set to Take On Two Pac-10 Teams on Friday

Gaucho Women Set to Take On Two Pac-10 Teams on Friday

Nov. 6, 2008

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• The Schedule
Friday, Nov. 7, 2008

UC Santa Barbara (W) at UCLA, 1 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (W) vs. Oregon State, 1 p.m.
at UCLA's Men's Gym Pool

• Take Your Marks...
The UC Santa Barbara women's swim team, which opened the 2008-09 season with a dual meet win over Cal State Northridge last Saturday, will head to UCLA on Friday for a triple dual meet with the Bruins and Oregon State. The meet is schedule for a 1 p.m. start at UCLA's Men's Gym Pool.

• Backstroking
Last weekend, the UCSB men and women opened the season with a pair of dual meet victories over Big West Conference foe Cal State Northridge. The Gaucho men collected nine first-place finishes on their way to a 122-27 victory over the Matadors. On the women's side, the Gauchos also captured nine top finishes on their way to a 138-58 victory.

• Ferocious Freshman
Several of UCSB's upperclassmen sat out last week's meet allowing the freshman and sophomores a chance to step-up and shine - and they did just that. On the men's side, six of the top finishes were captured by UCSB freshmen. Ryan Garcia doubled-up with first-place finishes in the 100 butterfly (1:54.58) and the 500 free (4:48.37). Freshman Ethan Bradley also captured a pair of wins for the Gauchos in the 200 free (1:45.37) and the 200 backstroke. On the women's end, freshman Alex Hilber placed first in the 200 free (1:55.19) and second in the 100 free (54.27). Classmate Meagan Brown took top honors in the 500 free, touching the wall in 5:11.03.

• 2008 In Review
The 2007-08 season was a momentous one for the Gaucho swim teams. The men's team captured its 27th Big West Conference team title and the women's team captured its 12th. The Gauchos set a total of 13 total (nine women's, four men's) school records, seven Big West Championship meet records and six conference records. The women's team had five swimmers travel to the 2008 NCAA Championships where Anne Marie May became the first UCSB swimmer to earn All-American accolades since 1990 after taking third-place in the 50 freestyle. Additionally, Katy Freeman, Naomi Javanifard, Erin Yamamoto and Sara Nicponski all earned Honorable Mention All-American accolades and helped the Gauchos to a 25th place finish at the meet. This past summer, 13 Gauchos competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials and several swimmers also went to the U.S. Open.

• Bruin Banter
The UCLA women's swim team opened its 2008-09 campaign with a 195-95 dual meet victory over San Diego on Oct. 25 to jump out to a 1-0 start to the season. The Bruins won every event during the dual with the Toreros. Last season, UCLA captured a 160-102 victory over the Gauchos at Campus Pool. Overall, the Bruins have posted a 24-0 all-time record over UCSB.

• Bringing Down The Beavers
Oregon State has posted a 1-1 record in dual meets so far this season. After dropping a 151-102 decision at Stanford on Oct. 10, the Beavers captured their last dual over Rice by way of a dominating 111-58 score. During last season's dual with OSU, the Gauchos captured a 155-107 win over their nonconference rival.

• Coming Attractions
UCSB will return to Campus Pool next Friday for a men's and women's dual meet against nonconference opponent UC San Diego. The meet is set for a 1 p.m. start and admission, as always, is free to all Gaucho home swim meets.