Las Vegas, Neva. – The UC Santa Barbara men's and women's team competed in their second day of competition at the Buchanan Natatorium against UNLV and Denver University. The Gaucho women walked with a win against Denver University (140.5-130.5) and lost to UNLV (122-155). The Gaucho men won against UNLV (168-103) and lost to Denver University (130-141).
In the first event of the day, the 200 medley relay, the Gaucho women took 2nd place in an exciting and close race against the Denver University squad. Tara Middleton, Heaven Quintana, Jacquelyn Harris, and Marriott Hoffman touched at a time of 1:43.77, narrowly behind Denver University's time of 1:43.49. Justin Nguyen, Alec Cullen, Jolen Griffin, and Mason Tittle secured a 2nd place finish on the men's side with a time of 1:31.49.
Next up was the distance swimmers in the 1000 freestyle. Rachel Forbes led the women's team in 2nd place with a time of 10:19.92, followed closely by teammate Haley Herzberg in 3rd place touching at a 10:28.99. Joe Lastelic took 1st place on the men's side with a time of 9:25.99. Dan Marella and Terry Yang finished at 5th and 6th place with the times of 9:43.21 and 9:43.65, respectively.
Emily Ward finished in 2nd place for the women's 200 freestyle, touching at a time of 1:51.95. On the men's side, Logan Hotchkiss secured the 1st place finish at a time of 1:39.03. Teammate Ryan Levy finished in 4th place, touching at a 1:41.67.
In the 100 backstroke Middleton led the Gaucho women, taking 5th place with a time of 57.33. Teammates Elena England and Micah Toetter trailed closely in 6th and 7th place with he times of 57.37 and 58.32, respectively. Griffin secured the 3rd place finish on the men's side with a time of 50.59, followed by Nguyen in 4th place touching at a 50.97.
Quintana took the 1st place finish in the women's 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:03.24, trailed by teammate An Nguyen in 3rd place touching at a 1:05.44. Alec Cullen led the Gaucho men in the 100 breaststroke, picking up a 1st place finish with the time of 56.48. Teammates Joe Kmak and Marcello Quarante secured 4th and 5th place finishes with the times of 57.26 and 57.27, respectively.
In the next event, the 200 butterfly, Maddie Johnson led the Gaucho women taking 3rd place with a time of 2:05.44. Dora Seggelke tied for 5th place with a time of 2:06.64. On the men's side Kian Brouwer finished in 5th place, touching at a 1:52.63.
Hoffman led the Gaucho women in the 50 freestyle taking 3rd place with a time of 23.90, teammate Ward finished closely behind in 5th place with a time of 23.98. Tittle won the men's 50 freestyle taking 1st place with a time of 20.12, followed by Riley Ferguson in 3rd place touching at a 20.89.
After a short break the sprinters swam again in the 100 freestyle. On the women's side Ward led the Gauchos, finishing in 2nd place with teammate Hoffman trailing behind in 6th place with the time of 51.87 and 52.47, respectively. Tittle picked up another win for the men's team, touching in 1st with a time of 44.16. Teammates Brouwer and Nguyen finished in 4th and 5th place with the times of 45.61 and 45.72, respectively.
England led the Gaucho women in the 200 backstroke finishing in 3rd place with a time of 2:03.74, followed by Toetter in 4th place with a time of 2:05.71. On the men's side Calvin Kirkpatrick finished in 4th place and Griffin in 6th place with the times of 1:52.54 and 1:54.23, respectively.
In the 200 breaststroke Quintana led the Gaucho women, taking 2nd place with a time of 2:19.03. Teammates Brittney Straw and Nguyen followed closely behind in 3rd and 4th place with the times of 2:21.32 and 2:21.65, respectively. On the men's side Cullen picked up another win for himself, touching in 1st place with the time of 2:02.08. Teammate Quarante took the 5th place finish with a time of 2:07.30.
Herzberg led the Gaucho women in the 500 freestyle, taking 2nd place with a time of 5:01.64. Teammate Forbes secured the 4th place finish with a time of 5:05.76. Hotchkiss led the Gaucho men and picked up another 1st place finish for himself, with a time of 4:31.0. Teammate Lastelic secured the 2nd place finish with a time of 4:32.33 and Yang followed in 4th place, touching with a time of 4:40.29.
Next up in the 100 butterfly Quintana picked up another win for the Gaucho women, touching in 1st place with a time of 54.36. Brouwer led the Gaucho men by taking 2nd place with a time of 49.77, followed by Griffin in 4th place at a time of 50.29.
Seggelke and Johnson took 3rd and 4th place finishes in the women's 400 individual medley with the time of 4:30.42 and 4:31.22, respectively. On the men's side Marella led the Gauchos, taking 3rd place with a time of 4:02.34.
In the final relay of the meet, the 400 freestyle relay, the Gauchos fought in close races against the competitors. On the women's side England, Hoffman, Ward, and Harris took 2nd place at a time of 3:27.35 in a close race against the UNLV squad (3:27.35). Hotchkiss, Nguyen, Brouwer, and Tittle took 2nd place with a time of 2:59.23 in tight finish against the Denver University squad (2:59.17), with Tittle anchoring at a 43.43.
"Yesterday's 'Friday Night Lights' format of fun/off distance events gave our group a chance to do some events they don't do a whole lot," stated Head Coach Matt Macedo "Getting to race a talented Denver team we don't typically see in the dual meet season added to an already exciting rivalry with UNLV. Saturday's meet came down to the last relay against the men and women from Denver and it doesn't get more exciting than that. Our women were able to go 1-3 but our men fell just short taking 2nd and 3rd but put up one of the fastest in season 400 relays we have seen. Mason Tittle's 43.4 anchor split was almost enough to get the win. I hope to continue to improve going into our senior day against UOP Saturday and our final home dual meet against UC Davis on Sunday."
The UC Santa Barbara swim team hosts their senior meet against the University of Pacific next weekend on January 26th at 12:00 pm in Campus Pool. Come out to support your favorite senior Gauchos as they prepare for their final MPSF Conference Championships.