Gauchos Host Cal Poly, UC San Diego at Campus Pool

Nov. 8, 2007

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The Schedule Nov. 9 UCSB vs Cal Poly, UC San Diego At Campus Pool, 12 PM

Last Time Oct. 26-27 UCSB vs. Arizona State

Last time on the Hills... The Gauchos ran into drama with the Sun Devils in Tempe, Ariz, losing both the men's and women's meets. The men managed to place first in nine events, but the toll of the first day's losses held them back from the win, narrowly losing 177-170. The women did not fair as well as their male counterparts, fighting their way to only two individual wins and one relay win, losing the meet 236-111.

Returning to the pool after such an amazing freshman season takes plenty of practice and determination and sophomore Scott Vogelgesang knows this all too well. After being named Big West Freshman of the Year last season, Vogelgesang seems to be living up to the hype. Against ASU, he was the only individual double winner on the men's side, placing first in the 200 free (1:40.35) and the 100 free (45.41). He also anchored the winning 400 medley relay and 200 freestyle relays teams.

Transfer Nation The South East Conference is a breeding ground for the nation's top swimmers and UCSB is lucky enough to have picked up two of the best transfers in the program's history. Two weeks ago, Matt Bartlett, out of Auburn gave the Gauchos 9 points for his victory in the100 butterfly (50.39). Bartlett currently holds the top spot in the Big West top times for his performance against the Sun Devils. Jeff Sudbury, straight out of Tennessee gave ASU a show, beating his closest opponent in the 100 breast by over a second (56.35).

Freshman Falls into First Sara Nicponski wasted no time, racing to the forefront of the breaststroke. In her last meet, she gave her struggling teammates two individual wins. Nicponski garnered the win in the 200 breast by finishing with a time of 2:18.63 and managed her way to the front of the pack in the 100 breast (1:03.92).

The men's relay teams had a good weekend, surpassing the previous team's best times from the 2006-2007 season. The 400 medley team earned the victory in a time of 3:20.76 beating the best time of 3:21.17 from last year. Last year's times were also passed in the 200 medley relay and the 200 free relay. Anne Marie May anchored the women's 200 medley relay team to the women's only relay win of the meet.

Looking Forward This weekend brings Big West rival Cal Poly and non-conference opponent UC San Diego to Campus Pool. The Mustangs recentlycompeted in the Malibu Invitational and two of their swimmers broke school records. Matthew Waggoner broke the 1000 and 1650 free school record while Gloria Benefield broke CP's 200 butterfly record that had been set in 2004. Last season, the Gauchos dominated the Mustangs, with the women winning 156-135 and the men beating Cal Poly, 170-123.

On the flip side, UC San Diego raced against CSU Bakersfield in a Div. II match-up last weekend in Bakersfield. The women's team defeated CSUB as they had three double race winners. However, the men could not hold up their end of the bargain, losing to the Roadrunners, even though Dan Perdew and Todd Langland finished 1-2 in the 50 and 100 free. Last time the two teams met, the Gaucho men came away with a 172-84 victory while the women pounded the Tritons, 147-112 on Nov. 4 of last year.

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