Records Continue To Crumble On Day Two Of Big West Championships
Along with the UC Santa Barbara men’s team extending its win streak to seven straight swimming events, three meet records were broken in day two of the 2008 Big West Swimming & Diving Championships at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach, Calif.
After collecting three straight victories to open the meet, the Gaucho men’s team earned four more top prizes tonight to vault to first place in the standings with 349 points.The Aggies of UC Davis sit in second place with 303 points, followed by UC Irvine (221), Pacific (217), Cal Poly (146) and Cal State Northridge (80).
The Gauchos women’s team captured the top spot in the standings with 317 points, while pacific holds the second slot with 216 points.UC Irvine collected 207 points to lock down third place, while UC Davis owns the fourth slot at 185.Rounding out the six-team field is Cal Poly (137) and Cal State Northridge (76).
The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos earned the nickname speed demons after both teams set a Big West meet record.Anne Marie May led the women’s field with a time of 22.21, while Bradley Matsumoto paced the men with a mark of 19.83.May broke her own record of 22.61 set last year and Matsumoto topped former Gaucho Jason Lezak’s time of 19.89, set back in 1997.Teammates Jeffrey Sudbury (20.19) and Scott Vogelgesang (20.29) finished two-three to complete a Gaucho sweep of the 50 free. Rounding out the top three for the women was Cal Poly’s Jennifer Lewis (23.21) and UC Santa Barbara’s Courtney Bauer (23.35).
UC Irvine’s Lyndsay DePaul broke a Big West meet record in the 500 freestyle and took top honors with a time of 4:48.93. The nine-year-old record stood at 4:49.50, set by Nevada’s Ping Luo.Finishing close behind at 4:50.81 was Cal Poly’s Gloria Benfield.Ann Tsuchiya swam a third place mark of 4:57.66, giving the Anteaters two of the top three spots on the podium.
Gaucho Brooks Felton collected his second top prize of the championship, finishing the 500 freestyle in a time of 4:24.84.His first victory of the meet came in yesterday’s 1000 freestyle.A time of 4:27.22 earned UC Davis’ Alex Arbios second place, while his teammate Kyle Letograbbed the third spot, touching the wall at 4:31.33.
The Gauchos continued with their winning ways, picking up a first place victory in the 200 men’s individual medley, by way of Matt Bartlett’s time of 1:47.88.The Pacific Tigers secured second and third place with Krzysztof Zoldak and David Dunn posting times of 1:48.09 and 1:49.53, respectively.
UC Santa Barbara finished first and third in the women’s 200 individual medley with Katy Freeman claiming the top prize at 2:01.52 and Brittany Borowitz posting a third-place time of 2:02.98.Breaking up the Gaucho tandem was Pacific’s Ja-Neil Bragg, who slid into the second spot with a 2:02.01 mark.
In the first diving event of the Big West Championships, UC Irvine freshman Miles Smith took home first place after scoring 289.45 points in the 1-meter diving competition.Smith’s victory marks the first top honor of the championship for the Anteaters men’s team.Smith led a UC Irvine squad that claimed six of the top eight spots.Twins Eric and Patrick Nugent finished second and third and brothers Raymond and Charles Yan placed fourth and seventh.Cina Moheimani rounded out the field with the eigth spot.Breaking up the Anteater dominance was UC Davis’ Paul Navo and Cal Poly’s Kenneth Caslava, registering fifth and sixth.
UC Santa Barbara closed out the evening winning both the men’s and women’s 400 medley relays.The women’s team of Jessica Cruzat, Sara Nicponski, Erin Yamamoto and Anne Marie May clocked a time of 3:41.75.Matthew Bartlett, Jeffrey Sudbury, Daniel McClary and Bradley Matsumoto locked in the top spot for the Gauchos with a 3:16.03 mark.
The four-day event continues tomorrow at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool 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.