Feb. 23, 2007
Long Beach, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara women's swim team won three events and retained its first place standing Friday in day three action at the 2007 Big West West Conference Championships, being held at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach.
The Gauchos, with their 590.5 points, lead second place Pacific and third place UC Irvine, which have 481 and 441 points, respectively. UC Davis is fourth with 338 points, while Cal State Northridge (219) and Cal Poly (208.5) round out the standings.
Sophomore Liz Wagner won the 200 free in 1:49.36. It was Wagner's second league title this year as she won the 500 free Thursday. Sophomore Katy Freeman was victorious in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:03.38, just edging Ashley Cayford of UC Davis, who swam a 1:03.53. The Gauchos also took a win in the 200 free relay. The team of Anne Marie May, Jamie Lathers, Courtney Bauer, and Nadia Dwidar posted a winning time of 1:32.66.
UC Irvine ended up winning four events on the day. Freshman Lyndsay Depaul set her second record of the meet, this time in the 400 IM with a time of 4:14 25. She edged out Pacific junior Ja-Neil Bragg, who had set the previous record (4:15.94) in 2005 as a freshman. Depaul set the record in the 200 IM on Thursday. Chelsea Nagata won a pair of races to help her team's cause. She earned an NCAA automatic qualifying mark in the 100 fly in 53.35 and touched the wall in 54.80 to capture the 100 back.
The conference championships conclude Saturday in Long Beach. Prelims are set for 11 a.m. and finals will go off at 6 p.m.