Program Records Fall During Strong Start to MPSF Championships
LA MIRADA, Calif. – The No. 4/10 University of California San Diego women’s and men’s swimming teams opened up competition at their first ever Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championships on Wednesday evening. The Tritons competed in four relays and three exhibition relays in the first day of the Championships, which is being held at Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center.
The men came away with a pair of new program relay records. In the 800 freestyle relay, the underclassmen team of Ivan Kurakin, Graham Hauss, Tyler James, and Mitchell Stoddard put together a time of 6:31.51 to place fourth. Their mark bested the previous record from 2016 held by Michael Cohn, Chandler Pourvahidi, Michael Leung, and Paul Li (6:35.00) by over three seconds.
In the men’s 200 yard medley relay, the Tritons captured another new school record, again taking fourth. James, Edgar Chin, Garrett Tse, and Spencer Daily combined for a time of 1:27.56 in the event, coming in under the previous top mark of 1:27.95. That record was set by Sean Malley, Nicholas Korth, Julian Jacobs, and Cole Heale in 2014. The Tritons’ overall time was not the only record of the event, as James’ time of 22.29 in the 50 backstroke to lead off the race was also a program record.
The women finished fourth in their 200 medley relay as well, less than a tenth of a second off of the UC San Diego record. Jordan Phillips, Grace Murphy, Emily Lambert, and Cody Hargadon teamed up for the race, and Hargadon touched the wall at the 1:41.57 mark.
The Tritons also took part in some of the evening’s exhibition relays. UC San Diego B, made up of Olivia Parks, Lily Maxfield, Lindsay Clark, and Amanda Rios, compiled a time of 1:43.47 in the 200 medley relay. Parks’ mark of 25.15 in the 50 back to lead off the relay was a new UC San Diego record.
Through the end of day one, the Triton women hold fifth place of eight teams with 56 points. The men are tied with Cal Poly for fourth place of six teams with 60 points.
“It was an excellent start for the teams,” Head Coach David Marsh said about the Tritons’ performances. “There was lots of good energy and momentum built to launch us into the meet.”
The Tritons will continue to battle tomorrow, during the second day of the four-day meet. The diving portion of the MPSF Championships will be underway tomorrow as well, as the divers begin their three-day competition at Marguerite Aquatic Center in Mission Viejo.
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