Photo by: Ken Grosse/UCSD Athletics
Matt Herman was a double winner Sunday, taking victories in the 400 and 1500 free events.
UCSD Splits Long Course Dual vs. Cal Poly as Men Take Win
Release: Sunday 12/18/2011 

LA JOLLA, Calif. - The UC San Diego swimming and diving team split a long course meet against Division I Cal Poly Sunday as the Triton men were victorious over the Mustangs at Canyonview Pool.

UCSD took a 214-80 win on the men's side, while the Cal Poly women were victorious by a score of 185-113. Alex Henley won three events for the Triton women, while the men totaled 15 first place performances.

Three Tritons had multiple wins in men's competition. Sophomore Alex Merrill swam to victories in the 100m free (54.17) and 200m free (1:55.89) and senior Matt Herman won the 400m free (4:10.16) and the 1500m free (16:30.11). Junior Tyler Runsten won both diving events, scoring 289.90 points in the 1-meter and 303 in the 3-meter.

UCSD dominated in the men's backstroke, occupying the top four spots in the 100m and 200m events, won by sophomore Martin Vanek (1:03.67) and freshman Tyler Henry (2:14.64), respectively.

The Tritons were also strong in the breaststroke, owning all three podium spots in the 100m and 200m. Senior Griffin Bracke won the 100 in 1:06.93 and sophomore Nick Korth swam a 2:30.97 to win the 200. Sophomore Ahiram Rodriguez led a 1-2-3 Triton finish in the 200m butterfly with a time of 2:12.81.

Also picking up individual wins for the UCSD men were sophomore Reid McCallum in the 50m free (24.44) and junior Adam Yen in the 100m fly (59.80), the only swimmer under a minute.

UCSD also won two men's relays, the 400m medley (4:02.85) and the 400m free (3:39.39).

Henley had a huge day for the Tritons, winning all four races she competed in. The senior topped the field in the 100m back (1:06.66), the 200m back (2:23.69) and the 400m individual medley (5:07.49).

Freshman Jaclyn Amog impressed in the 50m free, winning the race with a time of 27.93. The UCSD women also won the 400m medley relay as Amog and Henley teamed with freshman Eva Chen and sophomore Anji Shakya for a top time of 4:31.87.

"I am very happy with how the team performed today," said UCSD co-head coach Matt Macedo. "Coming off an intense week of training, we could have given in to fatigue, but we really stepped up and raced tough."

It was the first time the Tritons and Mustangs had met since 2007.

"Overall, it was a great meet," said UCSD co-head coach Corrie Falcon. "We've been training extremely hard recently and I was very impressed with how well the team was able to swim today despite the heavy training schedule."

UC San Diego is off from competition for the rest of 2011 and picks it back up on Jan. 6 at San Diego State.

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