Gauchos Have Dominant First Day at Pepperdine Winter Invite

Zoe Cosgrove
Zoe Cosgrove

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara men's and women's swimming sit atop the leaderboard after the first day of the Pepperdine Winter Invite at East Los Angeles College. The women racked up 479 points and the men finished the day with 538.5, as they both lead second-place UC San Diego.

Star freshman Zoe Cosgrove set three new UCSB records in the 50 Back (25.02), 200 IM (1:58.15), as well as the backstroke portion of the 400 Medley Relay (53.84). The 200 IM was one of four individual first-place wins for the women.

The women's "A" and "B" teams took second and third place, respectively in the 200 Free Relay (1:32.59 and 1:32.81) to kick off the finals events which took place this evening. In the other relay final, the 400 Medley Relay, the Gaucho's "A" team won first (3:39.11), while the "B" team took fourth (3:45.27).

In addition to Cosgrove's historic performance, Emily Boggess, Heaven Quintana, and Tara Middleton also had individual first place finishes, Boggess in the 500 Free (4:45.61), Quintana in the 50 Breast (28.41), and Middleton in the 50 Back (25.41).

Emily Ward (50 Back, 25.66) and Leah Coffin (50 Fly, 24.67) each added second-place finishes, while Jacqueline Harris took third in the 50 Fly (24.73).

The men got off to a strong start, as the "A" team finished first in the 200 Free Relay (1:19.94). In the last event of the night, the "A" team took second place in the 400 Medley Relay (3:15.20), while the "B" team finished fourth (3:20.05).

Douglas Nogueira and Tony Moore were key for the men, both grabbing first-place finishes. Nogueira touched the wall first in the 200 IM (1:48.59), and Moore in the 50 Breast (25.02).

Sophomore Dan Marella was close behind Nogueira in the 200 IM, finishing second in 1:48.71. Jolen Griffin also had a second-place finish in the 50 Back (21.95), a significant race for the Gauchos, as they took three of the top five spots. Senior Joe Lastelic rounded out the second-place finishers, his in the 500 Free (2:25.17).

Finishing third for the Gauchos were Oscar Jameson in the 50 Fly (22.18), Dominic Falcon in the 500 Free (4:26.39), and Kian Brouwer in the 50 Free (20.29).

Both the men and women seek to continue their dominance as the Pepperdine Winter Invite continues tomorrow at East Los Angeles College beginning at 9:00 a.m.