November 19, 2008

Gauchos Continue Dual Meet Action at Home Against Cal Poly

Nov. 19, 2008

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• The Schedule
Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008 at 11 a.m.

Cal Poly at UC Santa Barbara (W & M)
at UCSB's Campus Pool

• Take Your Marks...
Coming off of a dual meet victory last Friday against UC San Diego, the UC Santa Barbara men's and women's swim teams will host a Big West dual meet against Cal Poly on Saturday. The meet is scheduled for an 11 a.m. start at Campus Pool and, as always, admission is free to all Gaucho home meets.

• Backstroking
Last Friday, the UCSB men and women hosted their first dual meet of the 2008-09 season against nonconference opponent UC San Diego. The men captured a 177.5-74.5 victory while sweeping first-place in every event. The women captured a 157-104 victory on their end and posted 11 of the 14 top finishes. With the victories, the men's team improves to 2-0 in dual meets this season and the women are now 3-1 overall.

• Rank And File
In the CSCAA Division I dual meet rankings released on Oct. 31, the UCSB men's swim team is ranked 24th amongst the nation's top-25 teams. The No. 1 spot is held by Texas. On the women's end, UCSB is listed amongst "others receiving votes" with 22 points, the 30th most votes amongst the nation's elite. Arizona is ranked first amongst the women's teams.

• Double Dipping
Sophomore Sara Nicponski was a double event winner on Friday as she took first in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. Nicponski posted a mark of 1:03.12 in the 100, which is the best time by a UCSB swimmer this season and then posted a season-best time of 2:21.69 in the 200 breaststroke.

• Ferocious Freshman
Freshman Alex Hilber has gotten her collegiate career off to a solid start and she currently owns the Gauchos' top times this season in four individual events. Against UCLA and Oregon State on Nov. 7, she posted UCSB's top finish in the 500 free (5:05.96), 1000 free (10:12.65) and the 400 individual medley (4:28.04) and last week against UC San Diego, she placed first in the 200 IM with a time of 2:07.08 and also captured first in the 200 butterfly (2:05.98) with the second-best time posted by a Gaucho this season in the event.

• Rookie Roll Call
Hilber is not the only newcomer that is standing out at Campus Pool this season, several of the men's freshmen have turned in the team's top times during the first two meets of the season. Kevin Ferguson has posted the fastest times in the 100 free (46.16) as well as in the 100 backstroke (51.43), both during the UCSD meet. Tyler Hayden clocked in the top 100 fly time of the season (51.92) against the Tritons and Jimmy Gaston was the top finisher in the 1000 free (9:31.10). Ryan Garcia has two of the Gauchos' best times: in the 200 fly (1:54.58) and the 500 free (4:36.95), an event he has won at both duals this season. Ethan Bradley rounds out the talented group with his top-time in the 200 back of 1:54.81, swam at Northridge at the beginning of the month.

• The Wilson Report
Head coach Gregg Wilson was named to the 2009 World University Games U.S. coaching staff it was announced by USA Swimming recently. A 25-time Big West Coach of the Year, Wilson will serve as an assistant women's coach. Wilson will travel with the U.S. World University Games swim team to Belgrade, Serbia for the swim competition being held July 5-11 of 2009. Wilson, who is in his 33rd year at UCSB, has coached the Gauchos to a combined 39 Big West Conference Championships and last season coached the Gaucho women to a 25th place finish at the NCAA Division I Championships.

• Mustang Musings
The Mustangs will travel to Santa Barbara for their first dual meet of the 2008-09 season on Saturday. They opened the year competing at the Malibu Invitational and the Anteater Shootout. The two teams faced-off last season in a dual and both Gaucho teams came out on top. The women captured a 161-98 victory and the men won their dual via a 157-99 score.

• Coming Soon
UCSB will return to action on the weekend of Dec. 4-6 when they head to the Husky Invitational being hosted by Washington in Federal Way, Wash. The women placed fourth out of 12 teams at the meet last season and the men placed fifth.

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