No. 4 Women Battle Boise State, San Diego State, UC Davis at Home Opener
LA JOLLA, Calif – The No. 4 University of California San Diego swimming and diving teams hosted Division I squads Boise State, San Diego State, and UC Davis in their first home meet of the season. UC San Diego fell 134-165 to new Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) rival UC Davis, 81-218 to San Diego State, and 79-220 to Boise State.
“I was very pleased that given the level of competition with three Division I programs, the women’s team continued to fight throughout the meet for the best swims,” Head Coach David Marsh said. “Many of their performances are better than last year at this time. I think we are headed in the right direction!”
Freshman Tina Reuter picked up where she left off at the Trojan Invite, with another impressive showing at the women’s home opener. Her top finish came in the 200 IM, setting a new Canyonview Aquatic Center record and earning her first place of 18 swimmers in the event. Reuter’s time of 2:02.95 improved on her previous B cut of 2:03.40, which already ranked second in the Triton record books.
Reuter dropped time off another of her B cuts, clocking a time of 2:02.47 in the 200 back to place third. Her first race of the day earned her a B cut as well, as she recorded a 1:51.43 finish in the 200 free, finishing fourth.
Classmate Cody Hargadon also turned in top-5 finishes in all of the individual events she competed in. With a mark of 23.78 in the 50 free, Hargadon claimed fourth place of 14 competitors. Two events later, the Davis native took fifth in the 100 free, with a time of 51.98.
Other top-5 finishes came from Kaitlyn Ritchey, who recorded a time of 10:29.41 and took fourth in the 1000 free, and Gracie Murphy, who clocked in at 2:20.08 in the 200 breast to earn fourth as well.
The UC San Diego relay teams finished fifth in both of their events of the afternoon. The Tritons started the meet by competing in the 200 medley relay. Underclassmen Jordan Phillips, Murphy, Lindsay Clark, and Hargadon teamed up for a mark of 1:46.35.
In the day’s final event, Hargadon and Murphy were in action once more, followed by Reuter and Ciara Franke. The squad compiled a time of 1:35.94 in the 200 free relay, only a tenth of a second behind the fourth place Aztec team.
On the diving board, Patty Sullivan had the Tritons' top 1 meter finish with a score of 186.60 to place 10th. Teammates Delainey Carlin and Jasmyn Cheng took the next two slots, with Carlin at 186.50 and Cheng at 181.25.
Sullivan and Carlin were again side-by-side in the 3 meter. Carlin placed ninth with a score of 219.45, while Sullivan finished 10th, racking up 212.10 points.
Tomorrow morning, the men join will in the action as well. The swimmers will host their Blue vs. Gold Exhibition at home at 7 a.m., while the divers hit the road for California Baptist’s Lancer Dive Invite at 10 a.m.
About UC San Diego Athletics With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 have earned prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.
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