Gauchos Extend Leads on Day Two of Pepperdine Winter Invite

Gauchos Extend Leads on Day Two of Pepperdine Winter Invite

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara men's and women's swimming are both dominating the competition after the second day of the Pepperdine Winter Invitational at East Los Angeles College. The men have 1004.5 points, almost doubling second-place UC San Diego with 564. The women are at 974 points, leading second-place UC San Diego by 367.5.

The Gauchos got off to a quick start, as the women and men's "A" relay teams both won their respective 200 Medley Relays. The women finished in 1:40.63, and the men in 1:27.41.

As the individual events kicked off, Emily Boggess picked up right where she left off yesterday, taking second in the 100 Fly (52.19), while Jacqueline Harris was close behind in third (54.73).

In the next women's event, the 400 IM, four of the top five finishers were Gauchos, with two freshman, Maya Lee and Maelynn Lawrence, finishing in first and third (4:24.35 and 4:25.03). In the 200 Free, Gauchos had three of the top five finishes, as Boggess earned her second first-place finish of the tournament, this time in the 200 Free (1:47.50). Senior Emily Ward finished third in 1:49.21.

Senior Heaven Quintana took first in the 100 Breast in 1:00.58, an NCAA "B" cut.

After breaking three school records yesterday, including the 100 Back, freshman Zoe Cosgrove improved her time even further in the prelims of the event with a time of 53.13 and won the finals of the event in 53.76. The Gauchos also took the next three spots in the 100 Back final, with Elena England in second (55.60), Gillian Flath in third (55.67), and Ward in fourth (56.13).

To finish the night for the women, the "A" relay team took first in the 800 Free Relay with a time of 7:18.41, almost six seconds in front of UCSD's "A" team in second.

On the men's side, junior Kian Brouwer took second place in the 100 Fly (47.78) to begin the men's individual events after finishing third in the 50 Free on day one.

The Gauchos dominated the 400 IM, taking all of the top three spots. Freshman Dominic Falcon ended up first with a time of 3:51.10, an NCAA "B" cut. Redshirt Senior Doug Nogueira took second (3:53.43) and sophomore Dan Marella finished third (3:56.13).

In the 200 Free, seniors Joe Lastelic and Fischer Basham took second and third place, Lastelic finishing in 1:37.76 and Basham in 1:38.04.

In the last individual event of the day, the 100 Back, Jolen Griffin finished first in 47.50 and Nogueira grabbed the third spot in 49.14.

To end the second day, UCSB's "A" relay team took second place in the 800 Free Relay (6:35.26).

The Gauchos will look to win the meet tomorrow as they compete in the third and final day, with prelims beginning at 9:00 a.m. and finals at 4:00 p.m. at East Los Angeles College.