Dec. 17, 2007
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The UC Santa Barbara men's and women's swimming teams saw group and individual success this weekend at the UNLV Winter Invite. The men's team took first place out of seven with 740 points and the women's team placed second of nine, scoring 818 points. Leading the way on the third day of competition was a school record-breaking performance by sophomore Anne Marie May and two individual event titles from junior Chris Good.
May swam to a first place finish the 100 free, her only individual event of the day, in a UCSB record time of 49.34 beating her own time of 50.10. The second place swimmer was not even close to her, as May finished over a second faster than her Utah counterpart. Her time also qualifies her well inside the NCAA automatic cut time of 49.42.
Good's performance is also commendable because of double victories in the 200 back and 200 fly. He secured the win the 200 back by pulling in front of his Cal Poly competitor and never took his eyes from the prize, wining in 1:48.81. In the 200 fly, Good narrowly escaped second winning by a margin of .17 of a second in a time of 1:51.51.
Juniors Bradley Matsumoto and Katy Freeman also found themselves on top of the winner's podium winning the 100 free and 200 breast, respectively. Matsumoto climbed to the top of the leader board in the 100 free by winning his event in 44.90. Sophomore Scott Vogelgesang took fourth in 45.63. Freeman saw her opportunity to take the first place crown and would not let it go, finishing her victorious race in 2:18.51.
UCSB added a couple more first place finishes to their list, as both the women's and men's 400 free relays obtained success. Courtney Bauer, Nadia Dwidar, Yamamoto, and May triumphed in 3:22.88. On the men's side, Matsumoto, Dan Morris, Curtis Bauer, and Vogelgesang swept away the competition in 3:01.47.
Junior Jessica Cruzat started off the day placing sixth in the 200 back in 2:05.86. Sophomore Katie Ure took the top spot in the consolation final of the event (2:04.98) with junior Liz Wagner trailing her in second (2:06.23).
Other top finishers for the Gauchos in the finals include freshman Brittany Borowitz who claimed third place in the 200 fly (2:07.15). Sophomore Chris Wiggin took third in the 200 fly in 1:52.57. Freshman Sara Nicponski trailed teammate Freeman in the 200 breast for a sixth place finish (2:22.77). On the men's side of the 200 breast, junior Travis Jepson finished seventh in 2:08.56
During the morning session, freshman Lindsay Gaudinier swam 1650 yards to a thirteenth place finish in the distance's freestyle event. Brooks Felton and Brett Chamberlain went 7-8 on the men's side of the event with Felton clocking in at 16:13.34 and Chamberlain hitting the board at 16:14.08.
The Gauchos will test the waters again at Campus Pool on Jan. 12, 2008, when they face the Trojans from USC in a non-conference match-up beginning at 1:00 PM.