Photo by: Andy Wilhelm
Triton Men in First, Women Second After Day One of A3 Performance Invitational
Release: Thursday 11/16/2017 

SAN DIEGO - The University of California San Diego men's and women's swimmers competed Thursday on the first day of the 2017 A3 Performance Invitational.

UC San Diego is serving as host of the three-day meet, the top competition on its fall schedule annually, for the ninth consecutive year. San Diego State University is a co-host for this edition as the event takes place at SDSU's Aztec Aquaplex for the very first time. Swimwear manufacturer A3 Performance is the fourth-year title sponsor.

Among seven teams in action Thursday on the women's side, UC San Diego has 384 points for second, behind only San Diego State (412). With just two men's teams on hand, the Tritons lead nationally-ranked Division II foe Fresno Pacific, 542.5-437.5.

In morning preliminaries of the 50-yard freestyle, senior captain Haley Murphy (23.78) earned her first NCAA consideration qualifier and freshman Ciara Franke (23.88) the first of her college career. Franke (23.73) and Murphy (23.87) went 5-6 in the evening final.

Another true freshman, Rachel Taylor, moved up from seventh (2:06.40) in prelims of the 200 individual medley, all the way up to fourth following the final, nearly two full seconds faster at 2:04.71 for her first B standard in the event. Junior Amanda Sumrow was seventh (2:06.98).

Junior Reagan Eickert (4:58.17) and senior Haley Hamza (5:00.83) were 4-5 in the 500 free, and senior Stephanie Sin (5:04.14) seventh, all with B cuts.

Junior Alejandro Ortiz (4:30.95), freshman Zack Reuter (4:31.20), senior captain Kevin Fink (4:33.01) and sophomore Ian Brower (4:36.47) took up the top four spots in the men's 500, the first three in B times.

Junior Garrett Tse was runner-up in the 200 IM in 1:51.56, and senior Samuel Lee placed third in the 50 free in 21.33.

In the relays, the Triton women's 200 free relay was third and 400 medley relay fourth. Both UCSD men's relays hit the wall behind FPU.

The 2017 A3 Performance Invitational continues with seven more events on Friday, Nov. 17, with preliminaries at 9 a.m. and finals starting at 4:30 p.m. FloSwimming is broadcasting the meet for the first time via pay-per-view subscription service, with live results available through the Meet Mobile application.


Friday, October 19
Swimming & Diving vs. Boise State (W)/San Diego State (W)/UC Davis (W)
2:00 PM
UC San Diego (Canyonview Aquatic Center)
Saturday, October 20
Swimming & Diving vs. Blue vs. Gold (exhibition)
7:00 AM
UC San Diego (Canyonview Aquatic Center)
Swimming & Diving at Lancer Dive Invite
10:00 AM
Riverside (California Baptist)
Saturday, October 27
Swimming & Diving vs. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
2:30 PM
UC San Diego (Canyonview Aquatic Center)
Friday, November 09
Swimming & Diving at Trojan Diving Invitational
All Day
Los Angeles (USC)
Saturday, November 10
Swimming & Diving at UCLA (W)/UC Santa Barbara
11:00 AM
Los Angeles (UCLA)
Wednesday, November 28
Swimming & Diving at Winter National Championships
All Day
Greensboro, NC (Greensboro Aquatic Center)
Thursday, November 29
Swimming & Diving at Day One
All Day
Las Vegas, NV (UNLV)
Friday, November 30
Swimming & Diving at Day Two
All Day
Las Vegas, NV (UNLV)
Saturday, December 01
Swimming & Diving at Day Three
All Day
Las Vegas, NV (UNLV)
Thursday, January 03
Swimming & Diving vs. UIW/San Jose State (W)/Wyoming
12:00 PM
UC San Diego (Canyonview Aquatic Center)
Saturday, January 05
Swimming & Diving vs. Cal State East Bay (W)/CSUB/LMU
12:00 PM
UC San Diego (Canyonview Aquatic Center)
Saturday, January 12
Swimming & Diving at Cal Poly
11:00 AM
San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly)
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