Strong Start at UNLV Invite and Winter National Championships, Reuter Breaks Record
LAS VEGAS / GREENSBORO, N.C. – The No. 1/2 University of California San Diego women’s and men’s swimming and diving teams started off strong at both the UNLV Invite and 2018 Winter National Championships today, with new program records and personal bests.
The highlight of the UNLV Invite came in the women’s 200 IM. Freshman Tina Reuter dominated in the event, cruising to a first-place finish in the finals and setting a new UC San Diego record. Tina’s mark of 2:00.65 replaced Alex Henley’s time of 2:01.41 from 2012 as the top time in the Triton record book. The Carmichael product outswam 23 competitors from across California and Nevada, and clocked in nearly two seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.
As with the women, the 200 IM was a high point for the men. Coming in at 1:49.08, Garrett Tse nabbed the event’s first-place slot and also recorded a new personal best.
Zack Reuter, the other half of the Reuter sibling duo, tabbed the men’s top-ranking performance of the 500 free. Zack secured second place with a new personal record of 4:29.20, and now ranks 11th in the Triton record book.
Overall, Associate Head Coach Marko Djordjevic was pleased with the team’s performance.
“We’re having a great meet,” Djordjevic said. “I’m really happy with where our energy level is at right now. We had some great swims from Tina Reuter, Zack Reuter, Garrett Tse, and Tyler James that should get them into Nationals or at least close. We had some struggles with the air quality since we’re swimming at an indoor pool, but I think tomorrow will be even better.”
Daily was the lone Triton competing in the 50 LC meter free. The freshman turned in an impressive performance in the preliminaries, with a new personal best time of 23.22. Daily’s mark was good for 12th place out of 62 competitors, and earned him a spot in the finals. The Danville native’s time also is an unofficial UC San Diego record, topping Daniel Perdew’s record from 2009. During the evening session, Daily posted a time of 23.40 from the third lane in the B final, placing eighth.
Hauss and Kurakin both took part in the 400 LC meter free preliminaries. Hauss touched the wall in 4:05.76 to rank 28th of 44 swimmers. Kurakin finished a little over a second behind his Triton counterpart, clocking a time of 4:06.87 to take the 31st slot.
The action continues in both Las Vegas and Greensboro tomorrow. Like today, both competitions will include a morning session and an evening session.
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