FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - UC Santa Barbara sent eight swimmers to the Husky Invitational Swim Meet Dec. 1-3. Gauchos have potential to send two swimmers to the NCAA Championship based off of times from this swim meet for the first time in a few years.
"We had a great meet in Washington. All 8 athletes had at least one best time and we broke 6 school records (the 1650 record was 18 years old). We believe two of the swims can make NCAA's (Logan's 500 free and Billy's 200 back) which was the primary goal of this competition. I thought the group did an excellent job staying focused and supporting each other which was fun to watch," stated head coach Matt Macedo. He continued, "The team had a great fall. We raced well at both invites and I am pleased with where we are at the halfway point of the season."
Junior Logan Hotchkiss broke three UCSB school records at this meet including 200 freestyle (1:34.93), 500 freestyle (4:15.09), and the 1650 freestyle (15:03.60). He has the best chance of making it to the NCAA Championships in the 500 freestyle which will be the first time a Gaucho has gone since 2014. His 1650 freestyle swim also broke the Husky Invitational Meet record.
Senior Billy Mullis broke two UCSB school records in the 100 backstroke (46.72) and the 200 backstroke (1:41.31), both times also beat the Husky Invitational Meet records. He has great potential to go to NCAA at the end of his senior year in the 200 backstroke. Mullis also placed first in the meet with a time of 1:45.37 in the 200 individual medley.
Senior Yoessef Tibazi had one of his greatest meets, breaking the UCSB school record in the 100 butterfly (1:41.31).
The Gaucho men all contributed to first place wins over the span of the three days. Mason Tittle received first in the 50 freestyle (19.61) and second in the 100 freestyle (43.48). Marcello Quarante won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 55.36 and the 200 breaststroke (2:00.27). Eric VanBrocklin placed first in the 200 butterfly (1:45.80).
On the women's side, both of the women representing UCSB came home with first places in individual events. Heaven Quintana earned first in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.65) and the 200 butterfly (1:58.20). Her 200 butterfly race was faster than her time at last year's MPSF Championships, where she won first place as a freshman. Teammate Emily Boggess received first in the 500 freestyle (4:48.86) and the 1650 freestyle (16:34.74).
The UCSB men and women will be back in the Campus Pool at UCSB on Jan. 12 to race against UNLV. Go Gauchos!