Triton Swimmers Drop Dual Meets at UC Santa Barbara
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The University of California San Diego men's and women's swim teams were defeated by NCAA Division I rival University of California Santa Barbara in dual meets on Saturday at Campus Pool.
The UC San Diego men (1-1), ranked No. 7 in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Division II preseason poll, dropped a 151-105 decision to UC Santa Barbara (3-1), which had received votes just outside of the preseason Division I rankings. The Triton women (1-1) fell to the Gaucho women (3-2) by a score of 155-102.
The Gauchos are led by second-year head coach Matt Macedo, who was the men's head coach at UC San Diego from 2011-14.
Four event wins went to UC San Diego student-athletes. Junior Garrett Tse was the lone Triton with multiple victories, sweeping the breaststroke distances by timing 57.86 over 100 yards and then 2:04.22 over 200.
True freshmen Tenny Chong and Rachel Taylor, the reigning Pacific Collegiate Swimming and Diving Conference (PCSC) Division II Athletes of the Week, won the 100 freestyle (46.44) and 200 breast (2:17.59), respectively. Taylor later timed 4:33.92 in her first collegiate stab at the very difficult 400 individual medley. She also went 1:05.46 for second in a close race in the 100 breast, in between UCSB's Brittney Straw (1:05.23) and senior teammate Angie Phetbenjakul (1:05.69).
Taylor's mark in the 200 breast lowered the NCAA consideration qualifier the Laguna Hills product had achieved in her college debut the week before in UC San Diego's season opener at home, taking it down from 2:19.53.
The Tritons posted two other B standards, both by sophomores on the women's side. Kaitlyn Ritchey added one in the 1650 free (17:27.32), placing third, after having achieved a consideration qualifier in the 1000 (10:27.45) a week ago. Alayna Gocke was narrowly touched out by Gaucho Emily Ward, 1:53.07 to 1:53.08, but got under the standard of 1:53.62. She had gone 1:53.82 against CMS in her season debut.
The UC San Diego swimmers will now have 11 days left to prepare for the biggest meet on their fall calendar, the A3 Performance Invitational. The Tritons will once again serve as the neutral-site hosts, this time across town at San Diego State's Aztec Aquaplex. The three-day event takes place Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 16-18.