March 2, 2011
LONG BEACH, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara men's swim team opened the Pac-10 Swimming Championships on Wednesday evening and has already posted a new school record in the 800 freestyle relay. The championships, which run through Saturday, are being held at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach.
The Gauchos' `A' 800 free relay team of Garrett Thompson, Lucas Norman, Ryan Hanni and Mike London broke the UCSB record in the event with a time of 6:30.06, which is a NCAA `B' cut. The time breaks the previous record, which was set in 2009, by 1.01 seconds. UCSB placed fifth in the event.
In the first event of the meet, the 200 medley relay, the Gaucho `A' team of Kevin Ferguson, Tim Freeman, Max Horrell and Chris Peterson finished fourth with a time of 1:28.28. The mark is a NCAA `B' cut and the third-best time in program history.
The Gaucho `B' medley relay team of Ryan Garcia, Evan Simoni, Dylan Templeton and Andrew Latimer posted a time of 1:32.66. The 800 free `B' team of Alexander Campbell, Randy Aakhus, Andrew Dossa and Scott Nocco posted a time of 6:46.59.
After today's two events, UCSB is in fourth place with 58 points. Stanford is currently in first with 74 points.
The Pac-10 Championships will continue on Thursday with the 500 free, 200 individual medley, 50 free and the 200 free relay.