LA JOLLA, Calif. - Seventeen meet records fell as the Blue topped the Gold, 311-246, in the UC San Diego men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs’ annual intrasquad Blue vs. Gold event at Canyonview Pool on Saturday.
The Gold took the men’s competition, 143-129, while the Blue won handily on the women’s side, 169-99. The squads were selected by the respective team captains, all seniors, with Alex Merrill and Anji Shakya for the victorious Blue and Nicholas Korth and Lindsay Oosterhouse for the Gold. The four swimmers were voted by their teammates as Triton captains for the 2013-14 season. Korth and Shakya, the only two former national champions on the current roster, are two-time captains.
The meet was held under sunny skies on campus after the 2012 edition took place in gloomy, rainy conditions. The 17 new meet records remarkably came over 26 races.
Korth, the 2011 NCAA Division II national champion in the 200 breaststroke as a freshman, won a meet-high three individual races for the second successive year, repeating in the 50 breast (25.81), 150 breast (1:26.29) and 50 butterfly (22.70), lowering his own meet standards in all three events.
Korth also swam the breaststroke leg of the first-place 200 medley relay, being joined by sophomore Michael Leung and fellow seniors Ahiram Rodriguez and freestyle anchor Reid McCallum to time a meet-record 1:34.14.
Shakya, the reigning national champion in the 200 freestyle, matched Korth’s trio of individual wins, taking the 200 free (1:51.62), 150 back (1:32.13) and 400 free (3:58.43). Her times in the 200 and 400 free were meet records, the latter improving on her own mark, with the 150 back falling just .05 seconds short of Alex Henley’s swim from 2011.
Paul Li was a third three-event winner. Like Korth, all his times were meet records. He touched first in the 800 free (7:37.42) and 400 free (3:38.90), lowering fellow sophomore Howie Chang’s marks in both from a season ago. Li rounded out his triple by going 2:58.82 in the 300 individual medley.
Merrill combined with Shakya and Li to also play a large part in leading the Blue to victory, duplicating his 2012 double in the 100 free (46.22) and 200 free (1:42.16), each in meet-record times, bettering his own mark (1:42.76) in the latter distance.
Three true freshmen provided impressive, winning performances. That group was led by Jaimie Bryan, who managed to eclipse eight-time national champion and Triton breaststroke legend Rosanna Delurgio’s meet record (1:43.40) in the 150 breast by going 1:42.92. Bryan earlier touched first in the 50 breast (30.54).
Leung put together first-place efforts in the 50 back (24.51) and 150 back (1:24.08). Another sophomore, Naomi Thomas, was fastest in the 150 fly (1:29.00) and 300 individual medley (3:25.11), lowering her own meet standard in the former.
Erika Rodman won the 800 free in a meet-record 8:15.95, and fellow senior Sandy Hon swam a meet-record time in the 50 back (27.15) for the third straight year. Junior Jaclyn Amog got under her meet record from 2012 in the 50 fly (25.48).
In diving, sophomore Allyson Cohen swept the one-meter (247.05) and three-meter (253.80) springboard events on the women’s side. Junior Adam Springer’s winning mark of 301.50 from three meters would have been good enough to qualify him for the 2014 NCAA Division II Championships. Senior Luke Calkins took the one-meter competition (255.45).
Remaining swimmers to win individual events were Colleen Daley (24.16) and Reid McCallum (21.05) in the 50 free, falling just 0.01 and 0.10 seconds shy of meet record-holders Emily Harlan (2005) and current assistant coach Daniel Perdew (2007), respectively. Freshman Natalie Tang, Amog, Thomas and anchor Daley outdistanced the competition in the meet-opening 200 medley relay (1:48.35).
The always-entertaining mixed 300 free relay to put a capper on the day went the way of the Blue (2:17.37).
After their alumni meet during UCSD Homecoming 2013 next Saturday, Oct. 19, at 9 a.m., the Tritons open the 2013-14 season one week later, hosting Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Saturday, Oct. 26, beginning at 12 p.m. at Canyonview.