INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana -The UC San Diego men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams finished fifth and third, respectively at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis on Saturday evening. Sophie Levy won an individual national title in the 1650 free, finishing first with a time of 16:57.99. That time was over 12 seconds faster than her nearest competitor. Teammate Andrea Lippin finished fourth at 17:15.74 in the same event. The Triton 400 free relay team finished second overall, while Kendall Bohn finished third in the 200 breast and Emily Harlan took fourth in the 100 free. The men’s team was paced by Joel Tourtellotte finishing ninth in the 1650 free and the 400 free relay team finishing eighth.
Sophie Levy’s 1650 time was a school record. The Tritons had two finishers in the top-10 in the 100 free as Harlan finished fourth at 51.74 and Shannon Simonds finished ninth at 52.02. Susan Bell (2:05.40) and Aubrey Panis (2:09.04) finished 10th and 15th, respectively, in the 200 back. Freshman Kendall Bohn raced to a third place finish in the 200 breast at 2:18.50.
On the men’s side, Tourtellotte finished ninth in the 1650 free at . Steven Hardy was the top Triton finisher in the 200 back in 14th place at 1:52.63. The 400 free relay team of Lars Nordstrom, Michael Baier, Tourtellotte and Tim Fuller raced to a time of 3:05.57 and an eighth place finish.
This is the fourth consecutive year that the UCSD women’s swimming and diving team has finished third in the nation. This is the men’s third cosecutive top-five finish at the NCAA’s.