IRVINE, Calif. – Six Gauchos from the UC Santa Barbara swim team represented the program recently at the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships held in Irvine, Calif. from July 25-29.
Rising seniors Logan Hotchkiss and Douglas Nogueira highlighted the week for UCSB, as both qualified for finals at the fastest meet in the country. Hotchkiss, who qualified for the 2018 NCAA Championships as a junior, placed 20th overall with a time of 3:53.64 in the 400 Free, touching the wall fourth during the "C" bonus consolation final.
Nogueira, meanwhile, swam to a 20th overall finish in the 100 Back, turning in a time of 55.22 in the preliminary heat and 55.75 in the "C" bonus consolation final.
Rising senior and next year's team captain along with Hotchkiss, Mason Tittle, competed in four events during the meet while rising junior Marcello Quarante also competed and rounded out the UCSB men's swimmers.
From the women's team, rising juniors Emily Bogges and captain of next year's team Heaven Quintana also competed and delivered a handful of strong performances.
"We are very impressed with how our swimmers did at Nationals," assistant coach Ellie Monobe said. "Our summer season is so short and being able to get six swimmers to the meet this year has been a great accomplishment. Overall, I think this meet has been a valuable learning experience and just another stepping stone to getting our program to the national level."
Hotchkiss rounded out his swims with a 29th place showing in the 800 Free (8:08.74) and a 31st place finish in the 200 Free (1:50.04). Nogueira also competed in the 50 Back (25.70) and 200 IM (2:03.06), placing 25th overall in both.
Tittle had his top showing come in the 50 Free, where he place 32nd overall with a time of 23.05 and took 35th in the 100 Free in 50.11. He also competed in the 50 Fly (25.20) and 100 Fly (54.65) while Quarante swam to a time of 2:25.26 in the 200 Back, his lone event of the meet.
Quintana sprinted to a time of 28.07 in the 50 Fly, taking 52nd overall, while finishing the 100 Fly in a time of 1:01.68. In her only event of the week, Boggess raced to a time of 4:22.79 in the 400 Free.