LA JOLLA, Calif. -
Thirteen meet records fell as the Blue topped the Gold, 307-253, in the UC San Diego men's and women's swimming and diving programs' annual intrasquad Blue-Gold Meet at Canyonview Pool on Saturday.
Seven of the 13 meet marks came on the women's side, with the other six courtesy of the Triton men. The oldest standards to fall were from 2005, as senior Katherine Tse (52.93) lowered Emily Harlan's time (53.47) in the 100 free, and Howie Chang (3:41.48) easily bettered Joel Tourtellotte's time (3:45.81) in the 400 free later.
Chang, a true freshman out of San Jose's Archbishop Mitty High School, had already turned in a meet-record time earlier in the day, touching first in the 800 free in 7:41.91. Former Triton Matt Herman had gone 7:46.03 a year ago.
Senior Bethany Dong shaved nine and a half seconds off the previous meet standard in the women's 800, swimming 8:18.46 to lower Jessica Norgaard's 8:27.96 from 2011.
Chang's win in the 400 featured one of the better finishes on the rainy afternoon, as he held off fellow rookie Paul Li's late charge. Li's time of 3:42.33 was also faster than the previous meet record.
"We had so many meet records, which is always the goal for this event, to be faster than we've ever been in the past," said second-year UCSD men's head coach Matt Macedo. "As we've moved on from a pretty impressive senior class, we saw a lot of rookies step up, a lot of rookies winning (multiple) events today. It's always a little bit of a rusty meet, in that we get a chance to see what we're doing very well and what we need to improve on. Some of the little things, being aggressive to the walls, to the turns, things like that, can be improved for next week, but all in all, lots of meet records. I'm very, very happy from a coaching perspective."
"I'm extremely pleased with the way that our team is swimming," added Triton women's head coach Corrie Falcon, also entering her second season in charge. "The fact that we got as many (meet) records as we got, shows that we're ahead of where we've ever been at this point. That's a really, really good sign. It feels good to be in that spot. I'm really excited about the future. Also, the fact that we're doing this in the rain, shows that we can still swim fast no matter what happens."
Senior Emily Adamczyk and junior Nick Korth, both All-Americans and the only two returning Triton national champions, each won a meet-high three individual races. Adamczyk won the 50 breaststroke (30.79), 150 breast (1:43.55) and 300 individual medley (3:21.47). Korth took first in the 50 breast (26.66), 150 breast (1:29.39) and 50 butterfly (23.20), lowering his own meet standards in the latter two events.
In addition to Adamczyk, Korth and Chang, multiple individual winners in the swimming events were Alex Merrill in the 100 (47.61) and 200 free (1:42.76) and fellow junior Anji Shakya in the 150 back (1:32.10) and 400 free (4:01.93), the latter a meet record. Merrill's time in the 200 lowered his own meet mark of 1:43.06.
Junior Luke Calkins and senior Mishka Hulka swept the one-meter and three-meter springboard diving events on the men's and women's side, respectively.
Other meet bests were turned in by junior Sandy Hon, who matched her time of 27.69 from a year ago in the 50 back, Naomi Thomas (1:31.04) and Dane Stassi (1:19.32) in the 150 fly, and sophomore Jaclyn Amog in the 50 fly (25.53).
Shakya, Adamczyk, senior Olivia Fountain and Tse teamed up for a meet record (1:47.49) in the 200 medley relay to begin the day. Blue teammates Espiritu, Merrill and seniors Jacob Lammott and Adam Yen were fastest in the men's 200 medley relay (1:34.50). The Gold foursome of sophomore Sierra Robbins, senior Amber Tan, freshman Sarah Olson and junior Reid McCallum went 2:16.98 to touch first in the mixed 300 free relay to cap the meet.
The Blue took the men's competition, 150-127, as well as the women's, 153-113, for the clean sweep. The sides were selected by the respective team captains, with Shakya and Espiritu for the Blue and Dong and Korth for the Gold. The four swimmers were voted by their teammates as Triton team captains for the 2012-13 campaign at the conclusion of last season.
UCSD opens the 2012-13 season for real in exactly one week, hosting Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Saturday, Oct. 27, beginning at 2 p.m. at Canyonview Pool.
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