February 17, 2006

UC Santa Barbara Leads Big West Meet after Three Days of Competition

Feb. 17, 2006

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Junior Pat Cary wins the 100 fly and Katy Freeman won the 100 breast on the third day of competition to add to the men's and women's lead at the Big West Swimming and Diving Competition at the Belmont Plaza in Long Beach, California.

Cary holds the Big West record in the 100 fly event and took first again this year with a time of 48.14. Teammate Pat Ota took third in that event with a time of 49.07. T.K. Erwin took sixth and Curtis Bauer took eighth adding to the Gaucho team points. In the 200 free UCSB took second, third and fourth; Grant Hurst (1:38.86), Scott Lindberg (1:39.19) and Garrett Porteous (1:39.69), respectively.

Pat Ota took second in the 100 back (48.97), touched out by Wojciech Betlej of UOP (48.76). T.K. Erwin placed fourth (49.47) in that event. Brent Nolan finished fifth in the 400 individual medley (4:01.60) and teammate Blake Nilsson took fourth in the 100 breast (57.47). Patrick Ota, Blake Nilsson, Pat Cary and Grant Hurst took second in the 400 Medley relay with a time of 3:17.31 to end day three of events.

Katy Freeman won the 100 breast with a time of 1:03.31 and teammate Jen Cook took third (1:03.94). Nadia Dwidar placed second in the 200 free (1:50.85) and Jenisse Demeulenaere took fifth (1:52.15) behind Dwidar. Jessica Cruzat took third in the 100 back (56.13).

UCSB did not have many first place wins, but were able to score points eventually taking the lead. Jen Schwalb and Erin Yamamoto took fourth and fifth in the 100 fly 56.40 and 57.46, respectively. Katie Moeckel took seventh in that event (57.68). Courtney Jenkins took sixth in the 400 individual medley (4:28.89). Jessica Cruzat, Katy Freeman, Jen Schwalb and Nadia Dwidar were the winning 400 Medley relay (3:45.14).

The team results after day three are as follows: Women's UC Santa Barbara-541.0; UC Irvine-491.5; UC Davis-466.0; Pacific-437.0; Cal State Northridge-173.0; Cal Poly-149.5

Men's UC Santa Barbara-564.0; UC Irvine-453.5; UC Davis-441.0; Pacific-429.0; Cal Poly-205.0; Cal State Northridge-201.5

UCSB will face the last day of competition on Saturday, February 17, 2006 at the Belmont Plaza hoping for great swims that will keep their lead and bring home the championship title.

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