Dec. 10, 2008
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Junior Anne Marie May was named the Big West Conference's Female Swimmer of the Week it was announced on Wednesday afternoon. May picked up her first conference honor of the season after a record-setting weekend at the Husky Invitational in Federal Way, Wash.
The Carmel, Calif. native broke both her 50 and 100 freestyle UCSB and Big West Conference records while also helping the Gaucho 200 free, 400 free, 200 medley and 400 medley relays to school and conference record-setting performances. She also took first-place in all of those events.
Individually, she posted a 21.96 in the 50 free and a 48.83 in the 100 free. Both times meet the NCAA "B" qualifying standards for the 2009 national championships in the spring. Her previous records in the event were 22.00 and 49.13, respectively.
The Gaucho 200 medley relay turned in another "B" qualifying time after going 1:30.71. In the 400 medley relay, May was able to catch both USC's and Washington's anchor swimmers after trailing by a body length to grab the first place finish for UCSB. The 400 medley relay also grabbed a "B" qualifying time, clocking in at 3:37.87.
While the previous medley relay records had been set by UCSB last season, the Big West Conference records in the 200 free relay (1:31.12) and 400 free relay (3:20.45) had been held by Nevada. May helped the Gauchos beat the eight-year old 200 free relay record with a mark of 1:30.71 and beat the 10-year old 400 free relay record with a time of 3:20.26. Both times meet the NCAA "B" qualifying standard.
May also threw the 100 breast into her meet program in Washington and had successful results. After qualifying for the event's "B" final, she placed first in that final with a time of 1:02.39, which was the sixth-best time of the evening. The mark was just .01 seconds off of making the NCAA "B" qualifying standard.
May, the 2008 BWC Swimmer of the Year, was also named UCSBgauchos.com/Golden 1 Gaucho of the Week on Monday.
The UCSB women's swim team will return to action after the holidays with a dual meet at USC on Jan. 10. The meet is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start at the Trojans' McDonald's Swim Stadium.
UCSB - a nationally recognized university in both academic and athletic excellence - is located on the central coast of California in a picturesque campus community setting on the Pacific Ocean. Each year over 450 Division I Gaucho student-athletes compete for national championships, succeed in the classroom and give back to the community.
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