Tritons Battle Fellow University of California Teams at UCLA
LOS ANGELES – The No. 3/11 University of California San Diego women’s and men’s swimming and diving teams raced against Division I competitors UCLA and UC Santa Barbara on Friday afternoon. The men fell to Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) rival UC Santa Barbara, 93-163. On the women’s side, the Tritons were unable to top the Gauchos (78.5-182.5) and the host Bruins (95.50-160.50). With the outcome, the women move to 7-5 on the season, while the men’s only loss of the year puts them at 4-1.
Head Coach David Marsh felt that the Tritons gained valuable experience at the meet.
“Today’s meet was a good opportunity to race against next-level competition. UC Santa Barbara is one of the strongest teams in the MPSF and it showed,” Marsh said about the Gauchos, who are coached by former UC San Diego Men’s Swimming and Diving Head Coach Matt Macedo. “I was very pleased with several swimmers who, during the second half of the meet, kept fighting until the end. We will learn from this and get better in training and in competition tomorrow.”
Reigning MPSF Athlete of the Week Spencer Daily had another standout performance for the Tritons, achieving a new season-best of 20.33 in the 50 freestyle to earn second place. Daily also secured a first-place finish in the 100 butterfly with a mark of 48.82.
Tyler James earned another nine points for the men by claiming the top slot in the 100 back, touching the wall in 50.83. James contributed to two second-place relay teams as well. In the 200 free relay, the sophomore led off and teamed up with Sawyer Farmer, Graham Hauss, and Daily for a time of 1:23.24 in the event. James led off the 200 medley relay too, combining with William Wihanto, Garrett Tse, and Farmer for a 1:31.59 mark.
On the women’s side, Tina Reuter topped all of her Gaucho competitors in the 200 IM, coming in at 2:03.67. Reuter also collected a pair of fourth place finishes in the 200 free (1:52.28) and 200 back (2:04.62).
Grace Murphy turned in another fourth-place performance for the Tritons. In the 100 breaststroke, Murphy notched a mark of 1:05.75.
The Tritons head north tomorrow afternoon to compete against another MPSF foe, Cal Poly. At 11 a.m., the Tritons and Mustangs will square off at Anderson Aquatic Center.
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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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