LONG BEACH, Calif. - The UC San Diego swimming team completed its solid showing at the Arena Invitational Saturday as the men finished third overall and Alex Henley broke her own school record to collect a win in the 200 backstroke at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool.
With 814.5 points, the UCSD men placed third behind Stanford (2,142 points), which is ranked fourth nationally, and UC Santa Barbara (909 points), while placing ahead of several NCAA Division I teams including Hawaii, Arizona State and BYU.
The women's contingent finished in 10th place with 337 points, ahead of Division I teams like Hawaii, Fresno State, the University of San Diego, LMU and Pepperdine. Reigning NCAA Division I national champion Cal, ranked second in the nation, topped the field with 989 points, No. 23 Arizona State was second (865.5 points) and No. 7 Stanford placed third (812 points).
The Tritons were the lone NCAA Division II school among 20 women's teams and nine men's squads.
Henley swam a 1:57.11 to take first place in the 200 backstroke and break her former school record of 1:57.14. The two-time reigning national champ in the 200 fly, Henley's time Saturday met the NCAA Division II A Cut.
"It was an incredible swim to finish an incredible meet," said UCSD co-head coach Corrie Falcon. "It was so exciting to see our Tritons finish ahead of some of the best Division I schools in the country."
Three Tritons finished on the podium in individual men's events.
Sophomore Nick Korth continued his strong meet, taking second in the 200 breaststroke in 1:57.58, an NCAA A Cut qualifying mark. On Friday, Korth set a new school record to win the 100 breaststroke.
Freshman Dane Stassi took third in the 200 butterfly, recording an A Cut 1:46.64, the second-fastest time in school history. In late October, Stassi set a personal best of 1:48.97, bettering that mark by almost three seconds Saturday.
Distance specialist Matt Herman, the current DII national title holder in the 1000 and 1650 free events, finished third in the 1650 Saturday by posting an A Cut time of 15:26.69.
Along with Korth, Jacob Lammott swam his way into the finals of the 200 breast, finishing seventh in 2:02.17, good for an NCAA B Cut. Lammott was fifth in the 100 breast Friday.
The men's 400 free relay team of Reid McCallum, Alex Merrill, Michael Lorch and Blake Langland combined for a 3:03.27 (B Cut) and an eighth place finish.
Emily Adamczyk placed seventh in the 200 breaststroke in 2:14.42 (A Cut), while the 400 free relay squad of Sierra Robbins, Olivia Fountain, Anji Shakya and Henley swam an A Cut 3:25.14 for eighth place in the finals.
UCSD hosts a dual with Cal Poly on Sunday, Dec. 18 beginning at 2 p.m. at Canyonview Aquatics Center.
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