No. 10 Men Third, No. 4 Women Fifth After Second Day of MPSF Championships
LA MIRADA/MISSION VIEJO, Calif. – The No. 4/10 University of California San Diego women’s and men’s swimming teams completed their second day at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championships, while the divers opened their competition.
The evening session began with the 200 freestyle relay. Both the women and men turned in their top times of the season. For the women, Cody Hargadon, Grace Murphy, Brittney Miles, and Amanda Rios combined for a time of 1:32.31, earning fourth place.
On the men’s side, Spencer Daily, Tyler James, Sawyer Farmer, and Marc Caron teamed up for their relay. They compiled a time of 1:20.17 to take fifth. Leading off the relay, Daily’s time of 20.04 in the 50 free was a career best.
Ivan Kurakin and Graham Hauss turned in back-to-back performances in the championships of the 500 free. Placing fifth, Kurakin touched the wall in 4:27.70. Hauss came in at the sixth slot, posting his best time of the season: 4:28.19.
In the championships of the men’s 200 individual medley, Garrett Tse had the fastest Triton time. He completed the event in 1:49.76 to take seventh.
Brittney Miles notched a personal best in the 50 free. Placing 10th, the freshman claimed a time of 23.30.
In their first day of competition, the Triton women competed on the one meter diving board. Racking up a score of 274.00 with a 15.00 degree of difficulty, Brooke Abrantes placed sixth in the finals among her Division I competitors. Abrantes was less than a point away from fifth place, claimed by Hawaii diver Ivy Houser with a score of 274.45 Fellow senior diver Delainey Carlin took 16th in the consolations with 238.55 points and a 14.60 degree of difficulty.
The Triton men currently sit in third place of six MPSF teams, with 143 points. The women hold fifth of eight, with a score of 124.
Both the swimmers and divers will return to action tomorrow. For the swimmers, preliminaries for their events will begin at 9 a.m. and finals will take place at 4:30 p.m. For the divers, the men will compete on the one meter board while the women compete on the three meter. Preliminaries will start at 10 a.m., with finals at 12:30 pm. and consolation finals at 1:45 p.m. The competitions for both the swimmers and divers will last through Saturday.
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