Feb. 23, 2007
Long Beach, Calif. -
The UC Santa Barbara men's swim team moved up from third to second and UC Irvine dominated the action during the third day of competition at the 2007 Big West Conference Swimming and Diving Championship, being held at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach.
UC Irvine broke three Big West meet records to overtake first place with 545.5 points. UCSB remains in contention, holding down second place with 479.5 points. UC Davis is third with 438 points, Pacific fourth with 409 and Cal Poly fifth with 210. Cal State Northridge rounds out the field with 199 points.
Of the 10 records broken so far at the 2007 Big West championship meet, UC Irvine has accounted for eight of them, including five by the men's squad.
UCI's Randall Tom set the first record of the day in the morning prelims. Tom swam the 100 fly in 46:47, breaking the old mark of 47.69 set by UC Santa Barbara's Pat Cary in 2005. Tom nearly broke the record again in the evening, winning the event in 47.60. He automatically qualified for the NCAA Championship with his record-setting effort.
The Anteater men chalked up another record in the 100 back with Eddie Erazo posting a 47.99 to break the former mark of 48.65 by UCSB's Patrick Ota (2005). His time also was an NCAA qualifying mark.
The Anteaters put an exclamation mark on their day three performance by racing to another record in the 200 free relay. The team of Will Wollam, Randall Tom, Derek Hingeveld and Eric Reilly sprinted to a 1:19.82 mark, breaking a 10-year old record held by the 1997 UC Santa Barbara team.
UCI also picked up first place points in the 200 freestyle as Mike Cohee won in 1:37.84.
For the Gauchos, Chris Good took second in the 400 IM with a time of 4:02.53. Cary was second in the 100 butterfly at 47.87 and the 200 free relay squad of Bradley Matsumoto, Cary, Jon Kraetsch, and Scott Vogelgesang placed second with a total time of 1:22.10.
The conference championships conclude Saturday in Long Beach. Prelims are set for 11 a.m. and finals will go off at 6 p.m.