Tritons Clash with MPSF Foe Mustangs on the Road
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The No. 3/11 University of California San Diego women’s and men’s swimming and diving teams narrowly fell to MPSF opponent Cal Poly this afternoon. It came down to the end for the women, who ended up just short (145-155) against the Mustangs. They move to 7-6 on the season with the outcome. The men also were unable to top Cal Poly (119-181), and now hold a record of 4-2 this season.
Head Coach David Marsh noted the areas where the Tritons shined.
“On the women’s side, Lindsay Clark and Emily Lambert winning the butterfly events were key for us, and Tina Reuter continues to be a cornerstone for our team with her impressive prowess,” said Marsh. “On the men’s side, our backstrokers came out strong with Tyler James and Ivan Kurakin. Cal Poly proved to be too strong for us in the freestyle event and had three strong divers that performed well.”
Reuter turned in three first-place finishes for the Tritons. First, the freshman came in ahead of her competitors in the 200 freestyle, recording a time of 1:53.60. Later in the meet, Reuter achieved a mark of 2:04.48 in the 200 backstroke to capture nine more points for her team. In the women’s final individual event of the day, the 200 IM, Reuter touched the wall in 2:04.53 to again place first.
Grace Murphy (100 breastroke, 1:04.82), Clark (200 butterfly, 2:06.10), Ellie Whitney (500 free, 5:06.92), and Lambert (100 fly, 58.06) each recorded top finishes for the Tritons as well. In the meet’s first event, the 400 medley relay, Brittney Miles, Murphy, Clark, and Ciara Franke teamed up for a time of 3:53.72 to notch 11 points for UC San Diego.
For the men, five Tritons topped their competition in their individual events. James (100 back, 50.69), reigning MPSF Athlete of the Week Spencer Daily (50 free, 20.75), Graham Hauss (100 free, 46.29), Kurakin (200 back, 1:51.14), and Garrett Tse (200 IM, 1:53.78) each earned first-place finishes.
The Tritons got a boost from the women on the 3 meter diving board. Brooke Abrantes, who has already met the National Qualifying Standard for the event, achieved her best score of the season, taking first with 290.92 points. Senior teammate Delainey Carlin claimed third, posting a score of 261.00 in the 3 meter. Jasmyn Cheng was the final Triton to compete in the event, taking fifth with 232.20 points.
On the men’s side, Owen Hunt took fourth (218.62) in the 3 meter while Finlay Thomson placed sixth (157.80). Hunt again earned fourth in the 1 meter (199.87) and freshman classmate Thomson took fifth (188.10).
Head Diving Coach Liz Sanchez was pleased with the effort of the divers.
“Brooke stepped up on the 3 meter and attacked her dives to win the 3 meter event after falling a little short on her 1 meter goals,” Sanchez said. “Delainey also had a great meet, showing more power and consistency in her competition. She was only four points shy of a National Qualifying Standard on the 3 meter. Jasmyn had a personal best score of 44.55 on her inward two-and-a-half tuck on the 3 meter and is becoming more consistent during competition. The Cal Poly Mustangs are a very competitive team with a high level of competition and they are a big team, so all in all, the divers stepped up today to try and give the Cal Poly divers some good competition!”
Next, the divers will hit the road for the Bruin Diving Invitational on Jan. 18 and 20, returning home on Jan. 19 for the Tritons' Senior Day meet against California Baptist. The Senior Meet will take place at noon on Jan. 19 at Canyonview Aquatic Center, with a free swim clinic available to the public following the meet. A free livestream of the meet will be available at http://ucsdtritons.tv/, with commentary provided by Corrie Falcon and Miles Himmel.
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