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Sophomore Alayna Gocke took first place in the 200-yard freestyle event Saturday.

Annual Blue vs. Gold Exhibition Sees Three Meet Records


LA JOLLA, Calif. - Three meet records were toppled as the University of California San Diego men's and women's swimming and diving programs held their annual intrasquad Blue vs. Gold exhibition Saturday at Canyonview Aquatic Center.

The Triton Blue, captained and selected by seniors Kevin Fink and Haley Murphy, was victorious over the Gold, led by senior Samuel Lee and junior Lily Maxfield. The combined overall score was rather close in the end, 261-242. The Gold men in fact took a 129-101 decision, with the Blue women coming out on top, 149-109.

A total of 27 primarily non-traditional races were accompanied by one springboard diving event jointly between one and three meters, as new head coach David Marsh had his first chance to see his Tritons in a competitive arena, while the meet also served as a final preseason tune-up for UC San Diego.

Two of the three meet marks belonged to freshman Tenny Chong out of Arcadia and Arcadia High School, who lowered the standards of a pair of four-year Triton standouts, winning the 50-yard backstroke in 23.53 and then the 100 freestyle in 45.70 for Blue. Michael Leung and Alex Merrill had gone 23.71 in 2015 and 46.22 in 2013 in those races, respectively.

Junior Garrett Tse of Gold had the other meet record, timing 22.56 in the 50 butterfly near the end of the meet, getting under the 22.70 of one of the all-time UCSD greats, Nick Korth, from 2013.

Tse was the lone Triton to win three individual events on Saturday, adding first-place efforts in the 150 fly (1:21.66) and 300 individual medley (3:02.62) around the shorter-distance success. He won the same three events a year ago in this meet.

Aside from Tse and Chong, multiple-event victors included Murphy sweeping the sprints in 24.26 and 53.64, and fellow senior Derek Tanizaki-Hudson, who swept the breaststroke distances of 50 (26.93) and 150 (1:34.64) yards for Gold. Sophomore Elee Wong for Blue, touched first in the 50 backstroke (27.33) and 50 fly (26.26).

Remaining winning swimmers were Kaitlyn Ritchey (800 free, 8:23.68), Zack Reuter (800 free, 7:45.89), Alayna Gocke (200 free, 1:53.77), Austin Takeda (200 free, 1:43.84), Angie Phetbenjakul (50 breast, 29.93), Amanda Sumrow (150 fly, 1:33.15), Sawyer Farmer (50 free, 22.09), Alex Rodman (150 back, 1:33.14), Tyler James (150 back, 1:24.09), Rachel Taylor (150 breast, 1:43.51), Reagan Eickert (400 free, 4:04.47), Fink (400 free, 3:43.20), and Lindsey Miller (300 IM, 3:21.77).

Reuter, James and Taylor, like Chong, are true freshmen, with Taylor's a particularly impressive swim. Fink, a fourth-year senior, rallied over the final 75 yards to touch out Reuter (3:43.93) and win the 400 for the second year in a row. Reuter had earlier beaten sophomore Jack Spitser (7:47.19) in a close 800 race.

The mixed 300 free relay, with six swimmers going 50 yards each, wrapped up the meet as usual, with Farmer edging fellow anchor Reuter on the final leg for Blue (2:20.40).

Competing together on the springboards with five dives, made up of two optionals and three voluntaries off of either board, were Brooke Abrantes (179.65), Trevor Jackson (166.40) and Delainey Carlin (160.40).

Murphy anchored Wong, freshman sister Grace Murphy and Sophie Reynolds to a meet-opening win for Blue in the 200 medley relay, though the correct time was not registered due to a malfunction. James, Tanizaki-Hudson, Tse and junior anchor Will Knox timed 1:35.40 to place first for Gold.

The Marsh Era at UC San Diego begins in earnest in exactly two weeks, as the Triton men and women once again welcome in Claremont-Mudd-Scripps for their season opener, on Saturday, Oct. 28. The first event is slated for a 12 p.m. start at Canyonview Aquatic Center in La Jolla. Parking and admission will be free. The UCSD divers are in action next Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Lancer Dive Invite in Riverside.


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