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Junior Alejandro Ortiz was named the Male Swimmer of the Meet as its top point-scorer on the men's side.
Alejandro Ortiz Named Male Swimmer of the Meet as UC San Diego Wraps Up A3 Performance Invitational
Release: Saturday 11/18/2017 

SAN DIEGO - The University of California San Diego men's and women's swimmers wrapped up competition Saturday at the 2017 A3 Performance Invitational.

UC San Diego served as host of the three-day meet for the ninth year in a row. San Diego State University was a co-host for this edition as the event took place at SDSU's Aztec Aquaplex for the first time. Swimwear manufacturer A3 Performance was the fourth-year title sponsor.

Among eight teams in the women's competition, UC San Diego (1335 points) finished second behind the Aztecs (1671) and comfortably ahead of third-place Fresno Pacific (984). The Triton men cruised over FPU, 1660.5-1416.5.

Junior Alejandro Ortiz was named the A3 Performance Invitational Male Swimmer of the Year, as the top point-scorer on the men's side over the three days. On Saturday, he placed second (15:59.96) behind sophomore teammate Jack Spitser (15:45.43) in the 1650-yard freestyle, both in consideration qualifying times.

Freshman Tyler James won the 200 backstroke in 1:48.05, a consideration qualifier. Senior captain Kevin Fink (1:50.06) and junior Garrett Tse (1:50.52) touched 1-2 in the 200 butterfly.

Junior Reagan Eickert (17:02.53) and sophomore Kaitlyn Ritchey (17:05.21) went 3-4 in the 1650 free. Senior Alex Rodman (2:03.66) and freshman Charlotte Meier (2:03.93) were 4-5 in the 200 back, with Rodman's 2:03.12 in the morning a B cut. Freshman Ciara Franke placed seventh in the final of the 100 free, sprinting 51.98.

Junior captain Lily Maxfield was fourth (2:16.88) in the 200 breaststroke, ahead of freshman Grace Murphy in seventh (2:21.61). Rachel Taylor, another freshman, was a faster 2:15.11 in the championship final but did not register a place, swimming exhibition. It was her prelim performance that was more eye-opening, however, as she turned in a 2:14.22, a strong B qualifier (2:13.75) which put her fourth all-time in program history, just ahead of Maxfield's best (2:14.71).

Junior Amanda Sumrow (2:05.23) and freshman Lindsay Clark (2:05.91) were 6-7 in the 200 fly.

The UCSD men's 400 free relay of Tse, senior Samuel Lee, Justin Lee and Sawyer Farmer finished first in 3:02.93 after the top Fresno Pacific foursome was disqualified. Franke, sophomore Alayna Gocke, Eickert and the elder Murphy combined to go 3:25.68 for third in the final women's race of the weekend.

Next up for senior Angie Phetbenjakul and freshman Tenny Chong is the U.S. Winter Nationals, in Columbus, Ohio, Nov. 29-Dec. 2. Phetbenjakul's teammates on the women's side face a double-dual meet back at the Aztec Aquaplex against host SDSU and Pepperdine, on Friday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m.


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Swimming & Diving vs. Boise State (W)/San Diego State (W)/UC Davis (W)
2:00 PM
UC San Diego (Canyonview Aquatic Center)
Saturday, October 20
Swimming & Diving vs. Blue vs. Gold (exhibition)
7:00 AM
UC San Diego (Canyonview Aquatic Center)
Swimming & Diving at Lancer Dive Invite
10:00 AM
Riverside (California Baptist)
Saturday, October 27
Swimming & Diving vs. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
2:30 PM
UC San Diego (Canyonview Aquatic Center)
Friday, November 09
Swimming & Diving at Trojan Diving Invitational
All Day
Los Angeles (USC)
Saturday, November 10
Swimming & Diving at UCLA (W)/UC Santa Barbara
11:00 AM
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Wednesday, November 28
Swimming & Diving at Winter National Championships
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Greensboro, NC (Greensboro Aquatic Center)
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Las Vegas, NV (UNLV)
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Swimming & Diving at Day Two
All Day
Las Vegas, NV (UNLV)
Saturday, December 01
Swimming & Diving at Day Three
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Las Vegas, NV (UNLV)
Thursday, January 03
Swimming & Diving vs. UIW/San Jose State (W)/Wyoming
12:00 PM
UC San Diego (Canyonview Aquatic Center)
Saturday, January 05
Swimming & Diving vs. Cal State East Bay (W)/CSUB/LMU
12:00 PM
UC San Diego (Canyonview Aquatic Center)
Saturday, January 12
Swimming & Diving at Cal Poly
11:00 AM
San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly)
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