LONG BEACH, Calif. – The UC San Diego men’s and women’s swimming teams completed a strong first day at the Speedo Cup in Long Beach. The UCSD women’s team is in second-place of 20 teams with 257 points, trailing first-place BYU with 378 points. The 200 free relay of Aubrey Panis, Liz Whiteley, Katie Baier and Emily Harlan took first with an NCAA ‘A’ standard time. On the men’s side, UCSD is in fifth-place of 13 total schools, well in front of several Division I squads. The men’s team recorded NCAA ‘B’ standards in every event. The Speedo Cup continues on Friday and Saturday.
200 FREE RELAY The Tritons started the first event of the meet off in championships style, with the team of Aubrey Panis, Liz Whiteley, Katie Baier and Emily Harlan taking first in an NCAA ‘A’ standard of 1:36.30. Harlan’s anchor split of 23.01 was the fastest of the field.
500 FREESTYLE In the first heat of the finals session in the 500 Free, JR Lauren Forbes swam to a lifetime best and NCAA ‘B’ time of 5:11.87 in winning her heat. SR Andrea Lippin then took to the pool, placing 7th in the championship heat in a ‘B’ cut of 5:06.23.
200 IM The next event for the evening, the Tritons had six swimmers competing. SR Emily Starkie was up first, and swam to a lifetime best 2:13.49. SR Lauren O’Neill (2:11.23), SO Kendall Bohn (2:09.66), SO Shannon Simonds (2:08.59) and FR Karla Holman (2:12.64p) all swam in the next heat, with O’neiil, Bohn and Simonds all garnering ‘B’ cuts. SR Susan Bell then took stage in the championship heat, placing 3rd with an ‘A’ cut of 2:06.51.
50 FREESTYLE In the sprint specialty event, UCSD once again found itself with numerous entries. SR Jenna Muenter (25.27p), SR Liz Whiteley (24.74p) and SO Katie Baier (24.69) all swam in consolation heats, with Whiteley and Baier both recording ‘B’ cut times. In the championship heat, SO Aubrey Panis (24.26p) was 7th, with UCSD graduate Rosanna Delurgio 5th (24.09) and SR Emily Harlan taking home 1st place in an ‘A’ cut of 23.75.
400 MEDLEY RELAY In the last event of the evening for the women, the foursome of Susan Bell (57.73), Kendall Bohn (1:06.40), Jennifer Sims (57.20) and Emily Harlan (51.24) swam to an ‘A’ cut of 3:52.27 in placing 3rd in the event. Bell’s lead-off leg was also an ‘A’ cut for the 100 Backstroke.
200 FREE RELAY In the sprint relay for the men, the Triton quartet of Daniel Perdew (21.24), Todd Langland (21.17), Devin Ancona (21.37) and Tim Fuller (20.01) just missed the ‘A’ cut in the event, finishing in 1:23.79. Fuller’s split moves him into 3rd all-time at UCSD on relay splits.
500 FREESTYLE Four Tritons swam in the consolation heats at night in the 20 length race. FR Behan Salamati was up first for UCSD, finishing in a season best 4:47.73. Next up was JR JP Oliver (4:41.77p), SO Artur Kubalski (4:42.32) and FR Greg Goodell (4:41.91p). All 3 swam under the NCAA ‘B’ standard.
200 IM The 200 IM once again found 4 Tritons swimming at night. FR Andy Ilsip was up first, swimming to a lifetime best 1:57.75, just missing the ‘B’ cut. Next up was SR Jesse Marin (1:55.43) and SO Dan Gluvers (1:57.85p). Marin’s time was well under the ‘B’ cut. SO Steven Hardy rounded things out, swimming to a ‘B’ cut of 1:54.71. Also, in prelims, FR Kelvin Le swam to a lifetime best and ‘B’ cut of 1:56.68.
50 FREESTYLE In the 2 length race, FR Daniel Perdew swam to a lifetime best and ‘B’ cut of 21.18 in the prelims, just missing cracking the all-time top 10 at UCSD. SR Tim Fuller overcame a slow start in the championship heat to nearly even split his race, finishing in an ‘A’ cut and lifetime best 20.77, ranking him 4th all-time at UCSD in the event.
400 MEDLEY RELAY In the last event of the night, the team of Steven Hardy (51.61),
Evan Hsiao (56.79), Jesse Marin (50.86) and Tim Fuller (44.57) swam to an ‘A’ cut of 3:23.83. Hardy’s lead-off split was a lifetime best and a ‘B’ cut, and ranks him 7th all-time at UCSD in the event, while Fuller’s split ranks him 3rd all-time in the 100 Free relay split.