SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara swim team is getting ready for their biggest meet of the year, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championships. The final meet of the season will take place at East LA Community College beginning on Feb. 14 at 9:00am and running through Saturday, Feb. 17.
The men are looking forward to defending their championship this year after they fought for first last year. Seniors Chris Nolan, Billy Mullis, and Yoessef Tibazi won a few of the first places that contributed to the team win at last year's championship meet and will compete again this year for their final races as Gauchos.
"I'm really excited going into conference," said Mullis. "Our team has been through a lot of ups and downs lately but I think we are championship ready. The freshman will finally be able to experience the electrifying feeling of competing with the Gaucho family at the biggest meet of our season and I know the men are hungry for a second championship."
The Gaucho men, who put together a 5-1 record in dual meets this season, have been working hard in every lap, every squat, and every second of training to be ready to fight for the title of MPSF Champions. They look forward to leaving it all in the pool and holding nothing back.
On the women's side, they ended in second place at last year's championship meet and are looking to move up a spot to claim the title. They've had a successful season thus far with a 6-2 record in dual meets.
Sophomore Heaven Quintana, who was named MPSF Freshman of the Year last season, after a strong performance at the championships is ready to help lead her team to victory.
"I am really looking forward to the upcoming championships," said Quintana. "The team this year has a new and greater enthusiasm for swimming. The men's team is aiming to win a second consecutive title as conference champions, and the women's team is prepared and determined to chase our own conference championship. The Thomas Fire and mudslide undeniably disrupted the main part of our training season, but I can definitely say that our team has shown an incredible amount of perseverance through the adversity, and I know it will translate to a great conference."
The women's team have been a tight-knit team throughout this season constantly encouraging each other to give it all they have. Both teams have been preparing for this meet since day one of summer training camp. They cannot wait to compete against the other schools and make their Gaucho family proud.
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For a complete breakdown of the championships schedule, please click here.