RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The UC San Diego men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams split their dual meets with NCAA Division II rival California Baptist University Saturday at the Lancer Aquatics Center.
The eighth-ranked Triton men (3-4) handed the 17th-ranked Lancers (6-1) their first loss, 178-122, but the sixth-ranked UCSD women (7-6) were beaten for the first time ever by No. 14 CBU (6-1), 174-126. The UCSD men turned in the top mark in 11 of 16 events.
Nicholas Korth took first in both breaststroke events for the third straight meet and fifth time in seven duals this season, timing 56.71 to win the 100 by just under two full seconds and 2:04.02 in the 200. Korth thus went undefeated for his senior campaign in dual-meet races in the events, going 7-0 in the 200 and 5-0 in the 100.
Korth added a third victory in the 100 butterfly, swimming 51.85 to just beat CBU’s Nolan Brown (51.87) to the wall by a nose, with senior teammate Ahiram Rodriguez (51.88) third in the most tightly-contested race of the afternoon.
Senior teammate Reid McCallum made his first return to competitive action since Dec. 30 and sprinted 21.62 to narrowly win the 50 free over junior teammate Jack Galvan (21.67). Galvan then subsequently hit the wall first in the 100 free, going a season-best 46.50, almost a second faster than the rest of the field. Michael Leung (48.06) and McCallum (48.27) went 3-4.
Other individual winners for the Triton men included Paul Li in the 500 free (4:41.91) in a close one over Lancer Derek Wedel (4:42.00), Sasha Mitrushina in the 1000 (9:44.23), and Leung in the 200 free (1:44.40).
On the women’s side, Sierra Gage (10:38.81) and Erika Rodman (10:38.83) went 1-2 early on in the 1000 free, with the freshman edging her senior teammate by a mere .02 seconds in the longest event of the day. They later went 2-3 in the 500 with Gage (5:16.46) again out in front of Rodman (5:18.52).
Anji Shakya timed 2:05.38 and eased to a first-place effort in the 200 back by almost four seconds. Shakya (1:51.78) was out-touched by .03 seconds in the 200 free by CBU’s Patricia Hapsari (1:51.75).
Austine Lee (1:04.89), fellow freshman Jaimie Bryan (1:05.08) and junior Eva Chen (1:07.11) came in 2-3-4 in the 100 breast. Colleen Daley (24.01), Lee (24.02) and Natalie Tang (25.08) did the same in the 50 free, as did Daley (52.56), Catherine Woo (53.44) and Christina Vu (54.16) in the 100 free, and Bryan (2:20.03), Chen (2:22.55) and Rosa Bebi (2:28.46) in the 200 breast.
Alex Moshensky (1:52.28) and freshmen Chandler Pourvahidi (1:59.14) and Michael Nguyen (2:00.47) had a 2-3-4 showing in the 200 back, as well as Zach Yong (4:11.15), Kyle Nadler (4:12.44) and John Chang (4:15.02) in the 400 IM.
The Tritons swept the meet-ending 400 free relays, with the women (Woo, Shakya, Summer Bennett, Vu) going 3:32.72 and the men (Leung, McCallum, Li, Galvan) finishing in 3:08.33.
The UCSD men have now completed the dual-meet schedule and have three and a half weeks to prepare for the 2014 Pacific Collegiate Swimming & Diving Conference (PCSC) Championships in mid-February. The Triton women have one more dual to contest, at crosstown rival University of San Diego on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 12 p.m.