SAN DIEGO - True freshman Ciara Franke (San Diego/La Jolla HS) highlighted the second day for the University of California San Diego swimmers Friday at the 2017 A3 Performance Invitational.
UC San Diego is serving as host of the three-day meet, the top competition on its fall schedule annually, for the ninth consecutive year. San Diego State University is a co-host for this edition as the event takes place at SDSU's Aztec Aquaplex for the very first time. Swimwear manufacturer A3 Performance is the fourth-year title sponsor.
Franke timed 1:51.03 in finals of the 200-yard freestyle to place second behind San Diego State senior Marina Preiss (1:50.61). The area product had already achieved an NCAA consideration qualifier in the event in morning preliminaries by going 1:51.83, but lowered that mark by almost a full second a few hours later. That evening time puts her No. 8 in the program's all-time record book.
Among eight teams in the women's competition, UC San Diego (979.5 points) remained second behind the Aztecs (1133), still comfortably ahead of third-place Fresno Pacific (679). The Triton men extended their advantage over FPU on the men's side, now at 1378.5-994.5.
Lindsey Miller (4:30.90) and Rachel Taylor (4:31.21) finished 7-8 in the final of the tough 400 individual medley. Both turned in B cuts in the morning, of 4:30.01 and 4:29.62, respectively. Brooke Miles (56.86) and freshman Lindsay Clark (57.24) were 5-7 in the 100 butterfly.
For the men, event winners included senior captain Kevin Fink in the 400 IM (3:56.17), and junior Garrett Tse in the 100 fly (48.62), each in consideration times. Alejandro Ortiz was fastest (1:40.73) in the 200 free, with Tritons taking the first five spots. The junior bettered his morning mark by over two seconds. Tyler James, a freshman topped the field in the 100 backstroke (50.29).
Reagan Eickert (1:52.31) tied for fifth behind Franke in the 200 free, with senior captain Haley Murphy seventh in 1:52.59. Taylor was sixth (1:02.91) in the 100 breaststroke, and Grace Murphy, Haley's younger sister, eighth in 1:05.84. Taylor's finals time, a B cut, is fifth-best all-time at UC San Diego.
Senior Alex Rodman placed sixth in the 100 back in 57.58.
UCSD produced its first relay win of the meet, as the men's 800 free relay of freshman Tenny Chong, Ortiz, sophomore Jack Spitser and freshman anchor Zack Reuter combined to go 6:48.31 to easily beat FPU's top foursome. The women's quartet of Eickert, senior Stephanie Sin, Franke and the elder Murphy was third in 7:32.44 behind Division I area rival San Diego State and USD.
The 2017 A3 Performance Invitational will conclude on Saturday, Nov. 18, with preliminaries at 9 a.m. and finals starting at 4:30 p.m. FloSwimming is broadcasting the meet for the first time via pay-per-view subscription service, with live results available through the Meet Mobile application.