Swimmers Host Blue vs. Gold Exhibition While Divers Compete at Lancer Invite
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The University of California San Diego swimming teams hosted their annual Blue vs. Gold Exhibition at home on Saturday morning, while the diving teams competed at California Baptist’s Lancer Invite.
Senior Delainey Carlin had the top finish of the day for the divers at the Lancer Invite, taking 10th place of 29 divers with a score of 206.20. She was followed closely by classmate Brooke Abrantes, who notched the 11th slot with 200.90 points. Also competing for the women was Jasmyn Cheng, who scored 190.50 points at her first collegiate invitational, Patty Sullivan, who recorded a score of 173.60, and Sarah Umeda, who compiled 150.25 points in her first career invite.
As the divers competed in Riverside, the swimmers were in La Jolla for their Blue vs. Gold Exhibition. Head Coach David Marsh was thrilled with the atmosphere surrounding the event, which took place as part of Homecoming Weekend.
“[My favorite aspect was] the spirit and energy generated by the swimmers and the alumni,” Marsh said of the Blue vs. Gold Exhibition. “I was impressed that a few of the inter-squad meet records were broken even though we had an early start.”
Three new records were broken during the lively scrimmage. The first meet record of the morning was set by freshman Ivan Kurakin, who clocked a time of 1:41.46 in the 200 free. Later on, Garrett Tse came in under the previous 50 fly mark with a time of 22.53. One event later, Tina Reuter beat the existing 300 IM record by over three seconds, recording a time of 3:16.93.
It was a close competition between the two teams. Blue jumped out to an early lead by winning both the men’s and women’s 200 medley relay, but Gold followed up with three individual victories. Entering the first break, the two teams were tied, forcing a belly flop contest. The antics continued throughout the meet, with a surfboard race at the next break.
With a tie at the end of the competition, Marsh and the team leaders agreed on an underwater relay to break the stalemate. Blue came out on top, earning the title of 2018-19 Blue vs. Gold Exhibition champion. Following the exhibition, alumni were able to challenge current Triton swimmers to races of their own.
The Tritons will return to action a week from now, as they host Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Canyonview Aquatic Center. Saturday’s action will start at 2:30 p.m., with free admission and free parking on campus.
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