No. 6 Tritons Extend Streak Over City Rival USD With Road Win in Regular-Season Finale
SAN DIEGO - The University of California San Diego women's swimming and diving team breezed to a sixth successive dual-meet victory over the University of San Diego, 145.5-137.5, in its regular-season finale Saturday at USD's Sports Center Pool.
UC San Diego, the sixth-ranked team in the NCAA Division II, wound up 8-3 in dual competition, collecting four consecutive wins, all against either Division I programs or fellow nationally-rated Division II sides. USD finished 2-9. The Tritons are 15-1-1 over the past 17 matchups with their Division I city rivals.
UCSD swimmers and divers turned in the best mark in nine of the 16 events . With a comfortable lead, the Tritons swam four races as exhibition toward the end.
Senior All-American Julia Toronczak (San Diego/West Hills HS) was fastest in both backstroke distances, producing a solid time of 2:04.83 over 200 yards after earlier going 58.46 in the 100 to hit the wall first by over a full second.
Sophomore Elee Wong, senior Angie Phetbenjakul, junior Emily Lambert and senior captain Haley Murphy combined to go 1:46.51 and win the meet-opening 200 medley relay. Phetbenjakul bested the field moments later in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.01).
Murphy sprinted 24.23 to take the 50 freestyle. Freshman Rachel Taylor, who was second to Phetbenjakul in the 100 breast by a mere .07 seconds (1:05.08), easily won the 200 individual medley by over two and a half seconds with a time of 2:08.50. She added another top mark in the 200 breast, coming in at 2:17.55.
Brooke Abrantes (San Diego/Santana HS) swept the springboard diving competitions, scoring a personal-record 292.80 on the three-meter board, and a season-best 267.75 on one-meter. She led a 1-2-3 Triton sweep in both, ahead of fellow juniors Patty Sullivan (253.50) and Delainey Carlin (253.12) on the taller board, and Carlin (249.42) and Sullivan (236.10) on the shorter.
Both of Abrantes' marks were NCAA qualifiers, but she has already assured herself a spot at the NCAA Championships in March. Taylor's 200 breast was the only other consideration qualifier, but not her best this season.
Having completed their regular seasons, the UC San Diego men and women have 17 days of preparation left for the 2018 Pacific Collegiate Swimming and Diving Conference (PCSC) Championships, taking place Feb. 14-17 in La Mirada. The Triton men and women each enter as nine-time defending PCSC champions.