UC San Diego Women Race Past Host California Baptist; Men Drop Regular-Season Finale to Lancers
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The University of California San Diego women's swimming and diving team outpointed California Baptist University, but the men fell in a showdown of nationally-ranked NCAA Division II rivals Saturday at the Lancer Aquatics Center.
The UC San Diego women moved to 7-3 in dual meets with a comfortable 206-94 decision. The Triton men, however, were passed up by the Lancers, 220-78, dropping to 3-2. The UC San Diego women and men are ranked No. 6 and No. 16, respectively, in the final College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Division II poll. The CBU women and men are No. 13 and No. 9.
The top Triton women's 400-yard medley relay of sophomore Elee Wong, senior Angie Phetbenjakul, sophomore Brooke Miles and senior captain Haley Murphy timed 3:51.33 for first place. They were followed in by the B foursome of senior Julia Toronczak (San Diego/West Hills HS), freshman Grace Murphy, junior Emily Lambert and freshman Charlotte Meier (3:56.44), for the maximum 15 points for starters.
Fourth-year senior All-American Stephanie Sin put together a strong effort in winning the 200 freestyle in 1:53.54. It was an NCAA consideration qualifying time, though not her season best.
Freshman Kierstin Ikeda (season-best 58.39) led a 1-2-3-4 Triton finish in the 100 backstroke ahead of Alex Rodman (59.09), Toronczak (59.36) and Meier (59.38). Phetbenjakul (1:04.97), Grace Murphy (1:05.93) and fellow freshman Rachel Taylor (1:05.96) then hit the wall in succession for the full 16 points in the 100 breaststroke.
The elder Murphy, Haley, won the 50 free in 24.34 in front of Miles (24.65), Ikeda (24.74) and sophomore Amanda Rios (24.84) as UCSD again went 1-2-3-4. Murphy then completed her sweep of the sprints by taking the 100 in 52.64. Miles was second in 53.93. Rodman (2:06.03) and Toronczak (2:07.65) went 1-2 in the 200 back, as did Taylor (2:20.72) and the younger Murphy (2:24.44) in the 200 breast, and Miles (57.54) and Lambert (59.13) in the 100 fly.
On the men's side, junior Will Knox was fastest in the 200 butterfly in a personal-record 1:51.47, his best this season by more than three and a half seconds. The Walnut Creek product hadn't competed once in the event in his first two years as a Triton.
Senior All-American Kevin Wylder was second in the 100 fly (50.16) ahead of Knox in fourth (51.27). Junior Garrett Tse placed runner-up in the 200 breast (2:05.86) with sophomore Jack Moyles third (2:06.58). Tyler James wound up second in the 200 back (1:55.67) and third in the 100 back (52.70), with fellow freshman Tenny Chong second-fastest in the 100 free (46.37), barely behind CBU's Jerome Heidrich (46.34). Sophomore Edgar Chin (57.01) went 2-3 with Moyles (57.98) in the 100 breast. Both men's relays were well behind the Lancers.
In diving, junior Brooke Abrantes (San Diego/Santana HS) swept the women's springboard events with scores of 239.25 on one-meter and 258.52 on three-meter. Junior Patty Sullivan was right behind her on the latter board (231.75). Senior Trevor Jackson was second on three-meter (240.97) and third on one (249.30).
Saturday's meet marked the end of the regular season for the Triton men, who now have 24 days of preparation left for the Pacific Collegiate Swimming and Diving Conference (PCSC) Championships, Feb. 14-17. The women have one last dual meet, their annual showdown with Division I crosstown foe University of San Diego (2-6), at USD's Sports Center Pool next Saturday, Jan. 27, beginning at 12 p.m.