Husky Invite Concludes as Women Finish Fourth, Men Finish Fifth

Dec. 1, 2007


FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - The last day of competition at the Husky Invite saw more of the same success that the UC Santa Barbara swim team had in the previous two days. The women came out in fourth place garnering 823.5 points and the men turned in a fifth place finish with 643 points. Both outcomes show an excellent performance from the Gauchos, especially against so many ranked teams.

Before the last day's recap there is more to go over from the previous day. Freshman Sara Nicponksi broke the UCSB school record in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.56). Her time automatically qualifies her for the NCAA championship and it is also her personal best.

Sophomore Matt Bartlett also had a record-setting night, beating Scott Vogelgesang school record set last season by .09 of a second (1:37.67). His time was good enough to make the NCAA Consideration Cut.

The third day of competition saw junior Jessica Cruzat and sophomore Katie Ure finish fourth and sixth in the finals of the 200 backstroke, respectively. Cruzat's finished in 2:02.38 and Ure completed the race in 2:04.05. Junior Chris Good swam to a seventh place finish also in the 200 back (1:48.50).

Two Gauchos placed in the top five of the women's 100 freestyle race. Sophomore Anne Marie finished a close second to her Notre Dame competitor and in doing so made the NCAA Consideration Cut time (50.53). Sophomore Courtney Bauer took fifth place with a time of 51.13. Junior Bradley Matsumoto garnered eighth place in the men's 100 free race (45.59).

In the women's 200 breaststroke, Nicponski and junior Katy Freeman made the top five list.. Nicponski won third place to continue her success at the Invite (2:13.63) and gained another school record. She broke Freeman's time from two years ago by over two seconds and her times gives her another automatic NCAA Championship bid.. Freeman turned in a fifth place finish (2:16.53) and made the NCAA "B" qualifying time . Sophomore Dan Nyaradi also found success in the 200 breast, taking seventh place in the final (2:02.56).

Erin Yamamoto had a stellar performance in the 200 fly, giving the Gauchos a sixth place finish in 2:03.11. On the men's side, former Gaucho Pat Cary, and now swimming unattached, took first in 1:44.36. Three current UCSB swimmers made it into the top eight including Bartlett who place third in the final (1:45.99). He made the NCAA Consideration Time for the third time at the Invite. Sophomore Chris Wiggin placed sixth (1:48.41) and sophomore Danny McClary garnered eighth in 1:48.87.

The women's relay team of May, Bauer, junior Nadia Dwidar and Erin Yamamoto were on the top level of the winner's stand after beating their Husky opponents in the 400 free relay (3:22.02). This is the fourth record-breaking performance for a women's relay team, beating last year's record of 3:23.07. They also made the NCAA "B" qualifying time.

In the last event of the day, Brooks Felton placed sixth in the 1650 freestyle in 15:49.27.

The Gauchos will be splashing around the pool again on Dec. 15 when they travel to Las Vegas to participate in the three day UNLV Invite.