Season Bests, Pool Records as No. 11 Tritons Host No. 1 Cal (D-I)
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The No. 11 University of California San Diego men’s swimming team competed against No. 1 Cal, Division I’s top team, on Friday afternoon. The teams took part in eight events, with the remaining eight taking place tomorrow afternoon.
The Tritons began the day with the 400 medley relay. Comprised of Tyler James, Edgar Chin, Spencer Daily, and Garrett Tse, UC San Diego A nabbed second place with a mark of 3:19.60. Coming in third was Ivan Kurakin, William Wihanto, Will Knox, and Mitchell Stoddard, who combined for a time of 3:23.60.
In the 100 breaststroke, Edgar Chin set a new Canyonview Aquatic Center record. He clocked a time of 54.97 in the event to come in under the previous record of 55.11, set by Grand Canyon’s Eetu Karvonen on Jan. 7, 2012. The mark was also a season-best for Chin. Teammate William Wihanto, who placed second in the same event, recorded a season-best as well with his time of 55.19.
Competing in the 1000 freestyle, Aidan Yong continued the trend by collecting his best mark of the season: 9:27.86. Yong’s performance earned him second place in the event.
In the day’s final relay, the 200 free relay, Daily, Marc Caron, James, and Tse compiled a time of 1:23.34. The mark was good for second in the race, just 0.28 seconds behind the Cal A squad.
"In our last relay we were right there with them," said Head Coach David Marsh about the Tritons' performance. "In the first relay, we came up on them at the end, so I'm very pleased with that... I think for halfway through the meet, we've already learned a lot. Hopefully tomorrow we'll come in and even compete a little bit better."
Tomorrow, the Tritons and Golden Bears will continue the action starting at noon at Canyonview Aquatic Center.
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