LA JOLLA, Calif. - In its final home meet of the season Saturday, the top-ranked UC San Diego swimming and diving team split a dual against Grand Canyon University at Canyonview Pool.
The Triton women defeated the Antelopes by a score of 159-103, while GCU won on the men's side, 146 to 116. UCSD's men and women are both ranked No. 1 nationally in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America Division II poll. Grand Canyon is No. 3.
Senior Alex Henley won all four events she competed in. Individually, she was victorious in the 200 butterfly (2:05.57), the 200 backstroke (2:04.95) and the 200 IM (2:07.46). Henley was also part of the winning 400 medley relay team (3:53.25) along with freshman Jaclyn Amog, Neda Nguyen and Anji Shakya.
UCSD had several other multiple winners. Shakya took the 100 (53.51) and 200 freestyle (1:54.67) events, while Emily Adamczyk was first in the 100 (1:06.22) and 200 breaststroke (2:19.96). The junior also placed second in the 200 IM (2:09.12). Amog was part of two winning relay squads as the Tritons owned the top spot in the 200 free relay (1:36.86).
Sophomore Kat Andersen placed second in two events, the 100 free (54.04) and 200 free (1:57.27).
The Triton men were strongest in the distance swims as they owned the top three spots in both the 500 and 1000 freestyle events. In the 500, Matt Herman was first (4:45.96), Alex Merrill took second (4:51.90) and Michael Lorch was third (4:55.52). The 1000 featured Herman with the win (9:56.75), Jeremy Smith placing second (9:58.82) and freshman Tyler Henry taking third (10:01.68).
Merrill posted a victory in the 200 freestyle (1:41.18).
Senior Blake Langland found the podium in all four races he competed in. He placed second in the 50 free (20.87) and third in the 100 free (47.24) and was a member of the 200 free relay (1:24.00) and 400 medley relay (3:23.62) teams that each finished second.
"I'm very happy to see a victory on the women's side," said UCSD co-head coach Corrie Falcon. "We don't get many opportunities to swim Division II teams and it's a great preview for NCAAs."
Currently, Henley owns the top times in the country in the 200 free (1:48.73), the 100 back (54.98), the 200 back (1:57.11) and the 400 IM (4:18.67). Adamczyk has the nation's top time in the 200 breast (2:14.42). In addition, the Tritons have the best time in the 800 free relay (7:29.45).
For the men, Nick Korth possesses the top national times in the 100 breaststroke (53.70) and the 200 IM (1:47.92), while Herman is the fastest in the 1650 free (15:26.69).
The meet marked the final at Canyonview for 16 Triton seniors, who were honored in a pre-event ceremony. For the women, seniors include divers Mishka Hulka, Jamie Leigh Pearce and Hima Potu and swimmers Henley, Natasha Nguyen, Neda Nguyen, Mercedes O'Brien, Kelsey Quigley and Rachel Robertson. The senior men are diver Patrick Cohen and swimmers Griffin Bracke, Herman, Langland, Lorch, Eric Owens and Sam Stromberg.
It was a busy two days for the Tritons as they competed Friday at San Diego State in a meet that also included Division I programs Rice, TCU and Washington State.
UCSD hits the road for two more duals prior to the conference championships. On Jan. 14 the Tritons head to Loyola Marymount and on Jan. 21 they'll compete at Cal Baptist.
- UCSDtritons.com -