UC Irvine Women, UC Davis Men Lead After First Day Of Big West Swimming & Diving Championship
In the first day of competition at the 2008 Big West Swimming & Diving Championship, the UC Davis men’s team leads the way with 125 points.UC Santa Barbara and Pacific are tied for second with 107 points, followed by Cal Poly (74), UC Irvine (66) and Cal State Northridge (65).The Anteaters of UC Irvine own the top spot on the women’s side with 106 points.UC Santa Barbara broke a meet record and tallied 100 points to hold the second slot, while UC Davis registered 87 points, good enough for third.Pacific (74) concluded the first day in fourth place with Cal Poly (70) and Cal State Northridge (46) finishing fifth and sixth.
The UC Santa Barbara quartet of Naomi Javaniford, Sara Nicponski, Erin Yamamoto and Anne Marie May opened the 2008 Big West Swimming & Diving Championships with a new meet record in the 200 medley relay.The record time of 1:38.64 was nearly two seconds faster than the previous time of 1:40.46, set by the Pacific Tigers in 2002.UC Irvine swam to a second place finish with a time of 1:42.80, while UC Davis’ mark of 1:43.81 propelled them to third place.
On the men’s side, the Gauchos followed in the women’s footsteps, bringing home the top prize in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:27.63.The team of Matthew Bartlett, Jeffrey Sudbury, Daniel McClary and Bradley Matsumoto picked up the first UC Santa Barbara win in this event since the 2004 championship.A time of 1:29.24 earned UC Irvine a second place finish and Pacific followed in third at 1:30.31.
In the second relay of the day, the 800 freestyle, UC Santa Barbara walked away with its second team victory of the night.Matthew Bartlett, Scott Vogelgesang, Chris Good and Joseph Wood combined for a time of 6:34.72, eight seconds faster than the second place Pacific Tigers (6:42.73).UC Davis picked up some crucial third place points to hold on to the top in the standings with 125 points.
The Anteaters’ team of Lyndsay DePaul, Ann Tsuchiya, Chelsea Nagata and Tanya Nielson edged out the Gauchos in the 800 freestyle relay to record its first victory of the championship.A time of 7:21.43 awarded UC Irvine the win in the tightly-contested race.Three-tenths behind in second place was UC Santa Barbara (7:21.73), followed by Pacific (7:28.27)
Entering tonight’s 1000 freestyle with the fourth fastest time in the Big West, UC Santa Barbara’s Brooks Felton led the field with a time of 9:09.84, giving the Gauchos men’s team their third first-place finish.Swimming in his first conference championship, freshman Matt Waggoner swam a second-place time of 9:12.88.Rounding out the top three with a 9:16.47 finish is Aggie Alex Arbios.
KC Albiston picked up the first win of the championship for the Pacific Tigers after posting a time of 10:11.10 in the 1000 freestyle.UC Davis’ Linda Herman followed close behind at 10:12.78, earning a second-place victory.Ann Tsuchiya clinched third-place for the Anteaters with a mark of 10:14.09.
The four-day event continues tomorrow at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach, Calif., with the prelims beginning at 10:30 a.m. and finals starting at 6:00 p.m.Live results and streaming are available online at bigwest.org.