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Pacific Men, UC Santa Barbara Women Grab Early Leads after Day One of Swim Championships

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The first day of the 2009 Big West Swimming & Diving Championships is in the books and the Pacific men and the UC Santa Barbara women have the early lead on their respective sides. The conference meet is being held at Belmont Olympic Plaza in Long Beach, Calif.

The Tiger men have 114 points after day one, 13 points points ahead of UC Santa Barbara who sits in second, while UC Davis sits in third with 81 tallies. Cal Poly is fourth with 80, while UC Irvine (76) and Cal State Northridge (56) rounding out the men’s standings.

The end of day one has the Gaucho women in first with 117 points, followed by Pacific with 105 points and UC Davis with 98 tallies. Fourth place belongs to Cal Poly with 91 points, while UC Irvine (70) and Cal State Northridge (54) complete the women’s scoring.

The meet started off with a bang as the UC Santa Barbara 200 medley relay contingent of Naomi Javanifard, Katy Freeman, Erin Yamamoto and Anne Marie May set a conference record with a time of 1:38.40. UC Davis' relay club came in second with a time of 1:42.34, while Pacific claimed third after touching the final wall in 1:42.39.

On the men's side of the race, the Gauchos made it a clean sweep as Kevin Ferguson, Jeff Sudbury, Danny McClary and Bradley Matsumoto finished in 1:27.67, an NCAA 'B' qualifying time. UC Irvine was second in 1:27.81, while Pacific finished third in 1:31.10.

The next final of the day was the 1000 free, won by Cal Poly's Lacey Buck on the women's side and UC Davis' Alex Arbios on the men's side. Buck, who had the best women's 1000 time of the season coming into the meet, finished the event in 9:55.82, while Arbios scorched the field in a Big West Conference record 9:01.78.

The final scored event of the day was the 800 free relay and UC Davis closed things out with a sweep of the women's and men's races.

The Aggie foursome of Heidi Kucera, Linda Hermann, Katelyn Griffin and Kayleigh Foley completed the relay in 7:20.23, almost six seconds better than second place. The UCD men fared even better as the foursome of Trent Richardson, Alex Daneke, B.J. Scoggan and Scott Weltz set a conference record with a time of 6:28.80.