LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The University of California San Diego men’s and women’s swimming teams wrapped up their first meet of the season on Saturday afternoon as they completed the final two sessions of USC’s Trojan Invite. The Tritons went toe-to-toe with Division I foes Cal State Bakersfield, UNLV and USC throughout the weekend. Head Coach David Marsh and Associate Head Coach Marko Djordjevic were thrilled with the Tritons’ start to the season.
“On the women’s side there were several bright spots,” Marsh said. “Our depth looks strong and I’d expect that the women’s team will build off of this experience. The men’s team is a dramatically different team than last year with several returners in a much better position for this early in the season.”
Djordjevic, in his sixth season with the Tritons, was also impressed with how well the teams have performed at such an early point in the season.
“This is by far the most optimistic start we’ve had to a first meet since I’ve been at UC San Diego,” Djordjevic said. “Many of the Triton swimmers arrived back to campus in good shape and ready to hit the ground running. The strong results of this meet are a reflection on that.”
Picking up where they left off on Friday, UC San Diego continued posting B cuts and recording times that qualified for the Triton record books.
For the men, B cuts were turned in by Edgar Chin (100 breast, 55.18), Graham Hauss (200 free, 1:39.41), Hayden Johnson (1000 free, 9:30.28), Ivan Kurakin (200 free, 1:39.84), Zack Reuter (400 IM, 4:00.79) (1000 free, 9:30.52), Garrett Tse (100 fly, 49.11) and Aidan Yong (1000 free, 9:32.93).
For the women, B cuts were posted by Lindsay Clark (200 fly, 2:04.10), Ciara Franke (200 free, 1:53.30), Cody Hargadon (200 free, 1:53.39) (100 free, 51.47) and Tina Reuter (400 IM, 4:22.69) (200 back 2:03.05).
Freshman Tina Reuter, coming off of an impressive collegiate debut on Friday, continued to excel on Saturday. Reuter’s first B cut of the day came when she captured first place in the 400 IM with a time of 4:22.69. The mark, which bested four Bakersfield opponents, one from UNLV and one from USC, earned her fourth place in program history. Later on, Reuter placed fifth in the 200 back with a time of 2:03.05 to rank eighth in Triton history in the event.
Lindsay Clark’s B cut kept her in the eighth spot in program history for her event as well. Her 2:04.10 mark was a new collegiate best.
A trio of Tritons, including Reuter’s brother Zack, posted B cuts in the men’s 1000 free. Hayden Johnson led the pack with a third-place finish and a time of 9:30.28 in the race. Johnson was followed closely by Zack Reuter, who nabbed fourth with a time of 9:30.52. Aidan Yong grabbed the fifth-place slot with a time of 9:32.93, surpassing the B standard by one-hundredth of a second.
The relays were another highlight for UC San Diego. The men picked up three second-place finishes on Saturday, in the 200 medley relay, 200 free relay and 300 free relay. In the 200 medley, Tyler James, Edgar Chin, Garrett Tse and Spencer Daily had the top collegiate finish, trailing only Trojan Swim Club by five hundredths of a second.
Next, the Tritons have two weeks without competition before returning to action. On Oct. 19, the women will look to continue their success as they host Boise State, San Diego State and UC Davis at Canyonview Aquatic Center. The men will join them in the pool the next day as the two teams host their Blue vs. Gold exhibition.
About UC San Diego Athletics With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 have earned prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.
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