Gauchos Lap Mustangs in Landslide Win for Last Dual Meet of the Season

Gauchos Lap Mustangs in Landslide Win for Last Dual Meet of the Season

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.

The UCSB Gaucho swimmers took on the Cal Poly Mustangs this Saturday for the last dual meet of the season, both the Gaucho men and women dominated individual and relay events. Logan Hotchkiss, Cheyenne Low, Heaven Quintana, Jonathan Panchak, Julia Mikota and Mason Tittle each grabbed a pair of individual event wins. The Gauchos ended the day with a score of 190.5 to 101.5 for the men, and 165 to 129 for the women.

To kick off the meet, UCSB men's (1:30.26) and women's (1:43.74) A relays took a pair of firsts in the 200 yard medley relay.

The Gaucho men and women both touched one-two in the 1000 yard freestyle, Rachel Forbes (10:11.35) in first and Emily Boggess (10:13.05) in second for the women, while Logan Hotchkiss (9:29.44) and Joseph Lastelic (9:38.07) finished first and second for the men.

Billy Mullis won two individual events, finishing first in the 200 yard freestyle (1:39.66), and first in the 200 yard backstroke (1:45.75). Dylan Kubick (1:52.90) and Douglas Nogueira (1:54.24) followed in second and third place for the 200 yard backstroke.

Gauchos Cheyenne Low (55:63), Julia Mikota (57.35), Tara Middleton (58.03), and Emily Ward (58.39) won one-two-three-four in the 100 backstroke. Albert Miao (51.83) and Douglas Nogueira (52.35) took first and second place for the men in the 100 yard backstroke. 

In the 100 yard breaststroke event, freshman Heaven Quintana (1:03.48) finished first for the Gaucho women. Jonathan Panchak (56.71) and Andy Castilleja (57.30) finished first and second for the Gaucho men.

UCSB swimmer Maddie Johnson (2:05.03) beat out Shaelin Morefield (2:07.98) of Cal Poly in the 200 yard butterfly, while Chris Nolan (1:48.93) took the 200 yard butterfly for the men.

Gauchos continued to dominate in the 50 yard freestyle, Julia Mikota (23.90) touching first for the women, and Mason Tittle (20.69), Riley Ferguson (20.90), and Yoessef Tibazi (20.94) going a close one-two-three for the men.

Julia Mikota (51.86) earned her second individual event win of the day in the 100 yard freestyle, while Mason Tittle (45.35) finished first in the 100 yard freestyle for the Gaucho men.

Cheyenne Low (2:00.99) beat out the competition in the 200 yard backstroke for her second individual event win of the day.

In a tight race, Andy Castilleja (2:05.74) and Jonathan Panchak (2:05.74) tied for first place in the 200 yard breaststroke, beating out Mustang Brandon Nguyen (2:06.41).

Gaucho men swept the 500 yard freestyle, Logan Hotchkiss (4:33.51) placing first, followed by Joseph Lastelic (4:38.56) in second, Eric Vanbrocklin (4:40.44) in third, and Jake Rollo (4:44.35) in fourth.

For the 100 yard butterfly, both the Gaucho men and women finished one-two-three. Heaven Quintana (55.00) lead the women in first, followed by Rachel Kulik (57.09) and Maddie Johnson (58.67). Yoessef Tibazi (48.84) lead the Gaucho men, closely followed by Kevin Mendoza (49.78) in second and Chris Nolan (50.28) in third.

Dylan Kubick (4:00.19) touched first in the 400 yard IM, racing his first individual event win of the day, and the last individual even win of the day for the Gauchos.

The UCSB women's A relay (3:30.10) and B relay (3:33.27) ended a successful meet with a one-two win in the 400 yard freestyle relay.

"The staff was pleased with the result of the meet," said Head Coach Matt Macedo at the conclusion of this weekend's meet, "Both the women and the men came away with victories and we had some in-season best times which was our goal. We wanted to swim fast for our senior class, especially since we were on the road for the final dual meet of their careers. We will focus on tuning up the little things as we prepare for conference in just a couple of weeks"

Catch the Gaucho swimmers next in Los Angeles on February 15th through 18th for MPSF Championships.