New Program Records, Personal Bests as No. 4/10 Tritons Continue at MPSF Championships
LA MIRADA/MISSION VIEJO, Calif. – The No. 4/10 University of California San Diego women’s and men’s swimming and diving continued to take part in their first ever Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championships. It was a strong showing from the Tritons, who set new program records and personal bests.
The women captured third in the 400 medley relay, setting multiple UC San Diego records in the process. Olivia Parks, Grace Murphy, Emily Lambert, and Cody Hargadon gave their all, turning in a time of 3:42.37. Their time is a new Triton best, replacing the mark of 3:43.34 set by Erika Rodman, Angie Phetbenjakul, Lindsay Clark, and Haley Murphy last year. Leadoff woman Parks also broke the Triton record in the 100 backstroke. The freshman’s time of 54.90 comes in under the record of 54.94, set by Alex Henley in 2011.
The relay team also had success individually. In the 100 butterfly, Daily posted a season-best time of 47.45. The mark was good for fifth in the championships of the event. Hauss came away with a new season best as well. The freshman’s time of 1:38.46 earned him fifth in the championships of the 200 free. Taking part in the championships of the 100 breaststroke, Chin took eighth. The junior recorded a mark of 54.42. James competed in the 100 back, taking ninth in the consolations with his time of 49.30.
Zack Reuter nabbed a fifth-place championship finish for the Triton men. Clocking a time of 3:55.80, Reuter set a new career best in the 400 IM.
Racing in the championships of the 100 backstroke, Jordan Phillips touched the wall in 55.46. The mark earned her sixth place. Fellow freshmen Parks and Brittney Miles qualified for the consolations of the event, taking ninth and 12th, respectively. Parks turned in a time of 55.57, while Miles came in at 56.66.
“It was a very strong night of swimming for the team,” Head Coach David Marsh said. “Almost everyone improved from their preliminary races and moved up to grab more points for the team. The highlight was a new school record for the bronze medal-winning women’s 400 medley relay.”
Seniors Brooke Abrantes and Delainey Carlin both qualified for the consolations of the three meter dive and ultimately recorded back-to-back finishes. Carlin’s six dives had a 14.60 degree of difficulty, and she earned a score of 268.95 to place 14th. Abrantes finished within two points of Carlin, racking up 267.70 points with a 15.00 degree of difficulty.
“The UC San Diego divers have stepped up their competition to compete in the Division I MPSF amongst some of the toughest competition they’ve faced this season,” Head Diving Coach Liz Sanchez said. “Brooke Abrantes worked her way into the women’s one meter finals, securing a strong finish in sixth place with less than one point separating her from fifth place, while Delainey Carlin secured a spot in the three meter consolation round today. Carlin led the Triton divers in the three meter competition, and Jasmyn Cheng has consistently broken her own personal best records in both the one meter and the three meter events. I hope to see some strong and consistent divers from all three ladies in tomorrow’s platform event, also known as ‘The Tower of Terror.’”
The Triton men and women both currently hold sixth place, heading into the final day of the MPSF Championships. UC San Diego’s women have accumulated 226.5 points, while the men hold 253 points. Tomorrow, the divers will compete on the platform diving boards, with the finals beginning at noon. For the swimmers, preliminaries for the remaining events will start at 9 a.m. and the finals will begin at approximately 5 p.m.
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With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 have earned prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.
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