BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara men's and women's swim teams both collected wins this afternoon at CSU Bakersfield, dominating the field which included CSU Bakersfield, Cal Baptist, San Jose State, and Dixie.
The men won with 569 points and the women racked up 588, more than double the points compiled by the second-place team. Santa Barbara's men had four first place, three second place, and five third place finishes while the women had seven first place, three second place, and five third place results.
Gaucho head coach Matt Macedo praised his team for their strong performance despite having so many races in such a short amount of time. "The coaching staff asked a lot of the team today as everyone had three to four swims in a two-and-a-half-hour time span and the team responded with some strong swims. We could see the team starting to wear down as the meet went on, but we wanted to see what we could do while tired and we saw some fast swimming which was our goa. Our depth really came through today," said Macedo.
This depth was seen in the men's 400 IM, in which Gauchos won first, second, and third place. In both the women's 50 Fly and 50 Free, four Gauchos finished in the top five, and in the 50 Back, the top five finishers were all Gauchos.
Senior Doug Nogueira, fresh off of his selection as the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Athlete of the Week, had another standout performance. Nogueira won first place in the 100 IM with a time of 51.13 and second place in the 400 IM with a time of 4:00.15.
Jolen Griffin, a junior, also had a successful day, finishing second in the 50 Back (23.45) and third in the 50 Fly (22.54).
Dominic Falcon and Marcello Quarante also collected first place victories, Falcon in the 400 IM (3:59.05) and Quarante in the 50 Breast (26.33). Dan Marella earned 37 points, the third most on the team, by getting third place in the 400 IM with a time of 4:05.10 and fifth in the 100 IM (53.37).
The Gauchos also had success in the relays, as Santa Barbara's "A" team took home a win in the 200 Free Relay with a time of 1:23.66.
For the women, Zoe Cosgrove had an impressive performance, winning first in the 50 Back (25.95) and the 100 IM (57.51), in which she finished more than two seconds before than the second-place finisher.
Senior Emily Ward finished first in the 50 Free (24.29) and second in the 50 Back (26.21).
Santa Barbara's women dominated the relays, taking first place and three of the top four spots in the 200 Medley Relay, as well as two of the top four spots, including first place, in both the 200 and 800 Free Relay.
Macedo has high hopes as the Gauchos return to action tomorrow at the Roadrunner Invitational. "We have a very different meet lineup so we hope to see the group step up again tomorrow."
The Roadrunner Invitational begins at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow at CSU Bakersfield.