LOS ANGELES – The UC San Diego men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams opened their season with the first session of the Trojan Invite this afternoon. The Tritons took on Division I competitors Cal State Bakersfield, UNLV and USC, and also raced alongside members of Team Elite and Trojan Swim Club, at Uytengsu Aquatics Center. Head Coach David Marsh praised the team’s performance.
“It was an excellent first meet for the team,” Marsh said about the team’s start. “The men’s middle distance free and the women’s sprint free seem to be two areas we have improved on a great deal. We decided to start the year in our Technical racing suits and our athletes’ response to racing USC, UNLV and Bakersfield was excellent.”
Many of the Tritons’ best performances of the day came from their newcomers. Freshman Tina Reuter turned in a record-breaking performance for UC San Diego’s top-ranking individual finish. Keeping pace with her USC foes, Reuter notched a time of 2:03.40 in the 200 IM to earn a fourth-place finish in her first collegiate individual race. Reuter bested all six Bakersfield opponents, as well as four from USC, to earn a spot in the Triton record books. Her mark, a B cut, was good for second place in program history, trailing only Alex Henley’s time of 2:01.41 in 2012.
Another record-breaking time came from classmate Spencer Daily, who raced in the 50 free. Daily finished with a time of 20.54 in his first individual race at the college level, putting him in a tie for ninth in program history with John Flowers, who posted an identical time in 1994. The Danville native’s B cut was good for ninth place out of 39 swimmers.
Redshirt freshman Graham Hauss and senior Garrett Tse each came up with the top individual finishes on the men’s side, nabbing fifth place in their races. Hauss, in his first race as a Triton, posted a time of 4:31.10 in the 500 free. He was followed closely by fellow newcomers Ivan Kurakin, who finished sixth with a time of 4:31.47, and Hayden Johnson, who finished seventh with a time of 4:34.49.
Tse’s fifth-place finish came in the 200 IM. Competing against 27 other swimmers, the South Pasadena native clocked a time of 1:51.65 in the race. Tse trailed only two swimmers from Team Elite, one from USC and one from Trojan Swim Club.
Some of the top individual performers of the day combined forces on the relay side as well. The Tritons’ top-ranking relay finish came from Kurakin, Edgar Chin, Tse and Daily in the 100 medley relay. The Tritons picked up a second-place finish with a time of 40.93 in the race.
The women snagged two fourth-place finishes in each of their relays. First, Reuter, Grace Murphy, Lindsay Clark and Ciara Franke teamed up for a time of 47.81 in the meet’s first race, the 100 medley relay. The women’s other fourth-place finish came late in the afternoon, as Franke, Cody Hargadon, Charlotte Meier and Reuter swam to a time of 43.48.
UC San Diego returns to action for their final two sessions tomorrow, with the first session beginning at 8:30 a.m. Live results are available on the app MeetMobile, which requires a $1.99 monthly fee.
About UC San Diego Athletics 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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