SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - In the rivalry meet of the year, the UC Santa Barbara women's swim team went back-and-forth with Hawaii throughout the meet, but came up short in the final race of the day and fell 138-129 at Campus Pool on Sunday afternoon.
Head Coach Matt Macedo stated, "I thought our team performed well this weekend. We beat a tough Cal Poly team on the road and split with Hawaii at home. We had a good amount of in-season bests the last two days and look forward to our final fall dual meet against UCSD on Saturday. Heaven Quintana lead the way for the women with victories in the 100 breast and 100 fly and a second place finish in the 200 IM. Other big swims came from Rachel Forbes (2nd in 200 free), Elena England (1st in 200 back), Maddie Johnson (1st in 200 fly) and Rachel Kulik (1st in 50 free and 2nd in 100 fly)."
Heaven Quintana had an extremely outstanding day with fast swims in three individual events and one relay. Heaven blew people out of the water by beating the next woman by one second in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.54) and beating the next woman by two seconds in the 100 butterfly (54.07). Once the 100 butterfly was over she didn't even have time to warm down because she raced in the 200 individual medley immediately after. She fell short to Hawaii but still took second place (2:03.80), earning her team a total of 22 points total in individual events.
Rachel Forbes had a fantastic race in the 200 freestyle. She started off the race with a huge lead in front after the first 50, kept onto the lead after the 100, and on the final lap was barely out-touched by Hawaii. This was an incredible race from Rachel, earning herself second place with a time of 1:52.54; less than 0.1 seconds behind first place.
Elena England had a highlight race today in the 200 backstroke, winning by an amazing 3 seconds (2:01.56). She also placed second in the 100 backstroke (56.89) falling to Hawaii by only one second.
Maddie Johnson and Rachel Forbes were neck and neck with Hawaii throughout the 200 butterfly race. Maddie had a highlight race because she pulled in front after the first 100 and snatched first place (2:06.67). Followed by Rachel who secured third (2:10.31) and proved another great race from her.
Rachel Kulik was extremely successful in today's meet. Earning first place in the 50 freestyle and second 100 butterfly. The 50 freestyle was a sweep from UCSB placing first, second, and third places. Rachel finished with a time of 24.16 followed by teammates Jacquelyn Harris (24.18) and Leanne Sun (24.22). Rachel then went on to be apart of ANOTHER sweep from UCSB in the 100 butterfly. She followed Heaven Quintana and scored second (56.55), then followed by Jacquelyn Harris (57.04) who finished third.
The UCSB "A" relay started off the meet with a win against Hawaii in the 200 medley relay. Heaven Quintana pulled ahead in the butterfly, followed by teammates Rachel Kulik and Leanne Sun holding the lead to acieve frist (1:44.38).
Emily Ward (1:54.01) and Haley Herzberg (1:54.23) followed after Rachel Forbes in a highlight race of today, the 200 freestyle. These women placed fourth and fifth after battling each other throuhgout the event.
Jacquelyn Harris (52.11), Emily Ward (52.19), and Leanne Sun (53.10) were in a friendly competition towards the end of the 100 freestyle finishing within one second of each other. They placed third, fourth, and fifth being rewarded with 6 points from their race.
Brittney Straw had a great battle with Hawaii in the 200 breaststroke but unfortunately couldn't steal the lead in the last lap and placed third with a time of 2:21.03; one second from first place.
At the end of the meet, UCSB was only five points behind Hawaii. It all came down to the final race of the day, the 400 freestyle relay. The Gaucho "A" relay consisted of Emily Ward, Leanne Sun, Emily Boggess, and Jacquelyn Harris. This was the most exciting race of the meet because UCSB was tied with Hawaii throuhgout the entire race. All the fans in the crowd were standing, both men's and women's teams were cheering at the side of the pool, the coaches were yelling at the top of their lungs. Unfortuneately UCSB was out-touched at the final reach of the race. Finishing with a time of 3:27.76 only 0.7 seconds behind Hawaii.
UCSB looks forward to meeting the Hawaii team again at MPSF Championships where they plan to strip Hawaii of their last year's title.
Join the Gaucho women at Campus Pool next Saturday as they take on UC San Diego at 11am.