Gauchos End Dual Meet Season Against Davis, Pacific

Jan. 31, 2008

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The Schedule
Feb. 1
UCSB at UC Davis, 1 PM
Schaal Aquatics Center
Davis, Calif.

Feb. 2
UCSB at Pacific, 11 AM
Chris Kjeldsen Pool Complex
Stockton, Calif.

Last Time
Jan. 26

Weekly Roundup
UCSB celebrated Senior Day last Saturday with wins over the UNLV Rebels. The women dominated the meet and took 10 events out of the sixteen raced. On the other side of the pool, the men's team fought valiantly to overcome the rival team. Junior Jeff Sudbury's top point winning performance helped edge the Gauchos over UNLV 133-129. The men's dual meet record improved to 6-1 while the women are looking at a 6-3 record.

Junior Accolades
For the second time this season, UCSB swept the Big West Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week honors. Sudbury and junior Erin Yamamoto were chosen based on their perfomances against UNLV. Sudbury started off his day in the first place 200 medley relay, going 25.32 on his second leg split. He went on to finish first in the 100 breast in 57.13. Sudbury managed to pull a second place finish in the 200 breast, right behind Devin Phillips of UNLV (2:07.03). In the men's 400 free relay, he pushed his team to second place, swimming a 45.90 second leg.

Yamamoto swam a fast 50 fly split (25.74) in the women's 200 medley relay to pace the team to first. In the 200 fly, she took the race by over two seconds (2:03.38). She then went 56.33 in the 100 fly to win the event over Marina Sandback of UNLV. To finish off her day, Yamamoto swam a 51.87 third leg in the 400 free relay, heloing the team win the event.

Double Vision
In her usual manner, sophomore Anne Marie May won both the 50 and 100 free versus UNLV. May beat out teammate Courtney Bauer for the top spot (23.70). She came back after the men's 50 to swim the 100. Even with little rest, May pulled off the win in 51.72.

If You're Not First, You're Last
Saturday began with the women's 200 medley relay team overtaking UNLV in 1:45.78. The men followed up with a win of their own, taking down the Rebels in 1:31.94. Junior Jessica Cruzat beat out Marva Harpak in the 200 back, clocking in at 1:53.72. Freshman phenom Sara Nicponski showed her stuff in the 100 breast, getting the gold in 1:04.89. Sophomore Matt Bartlett proved his prowess in the 100 back, tracking down UNLV's Tiger Christian ffor the win (50.90).

Junior Chris Good was up to his old tricks in the 200 back, winning in the event in 1:50.73. Sophomore Danny McClary narrowly beat out Barlett by .10 of a second to win the men's 100 fly. Finishing out the day, the women's 400 free relay beat the UNLV "A" team in 3:28.00.

End of the Road
On Jan. 19, the Aggies and the Tigers had a conference triple dual meet with Cal Poly. Pacific's men's team defeated the Mustangs, but their luck could not hold out for UC Davis. The Aggies beat out the Tigers 168-121. Pacific's Krzysztof Zoldak had three individual wins in Pacifics loss. The women beat out their conference opponents Cal Poly 180-11 and UC Davis 172-122.

UC Davis competed in two dual meet last weekend versus CSU Bakersfield and Denver. The women's took both dual meets in a convincing fashion, winning 120-79 in both meets. Sophomore Hedi Kucera finished first in three events during the weekend. The men's team split the weekend with a loss to Denver and a win over Bakersfield. Freshman Matt Herman swam a conference-best time in the 1650 free during the weekend.