Photo by: Jack Spitser

Spencer Daily Qualifies for Olympic Team Trials as Swimmers Take Part in Sectionals

UC San Diego

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – Nine men and five women from the University of California San Diego men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams competed at the California-Nevada Speedo Summer Sectionals in Santa Clarita from July 17-21. The meet took place at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center and was hosted by Canyons Aquatic Club. View the full results here.

Olympic Effort Highlights Men’s Performances

Spencer Daily blazed to the top slot in the A final of the 100 LCM butterfly with a time of 53.91. Coming in under the standard of 54.19, the rising sophomore qualified for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. Daily’s time was also a new program record, replacing Adam Rice’s mark of 55.28 from 2012.

Daily had continuous success throughout the meet. With another first-place finish and a time of 23.25 in the 50 LCM freestyle, he topped the previous UC San Diego record of 23.27, set in 2009 by Daniel Perdew.

Qualifying for three A finals across the Speedo Summer Sectionals, Tyler James also knocked off a program record. James placed first with his mark of 57.16 in the 100 LCM backstroke, one-thousandth of a second under Michael Cohn’s time of 57.17 from 2016.

Rounding out the record-breaking performances was Jack Spitser’s finish in the 400 LCM IM. Spitser touched the wall at 4:32.29 to place third in the A final, shaving more than five seconds off his preliminary time of 4:38.12. The rising senior’s mark replaces teammate Zack Reuter’s record of 4:35.81 from last year.

More Program Records Fall on Women’s Side 

Records fell on the women’s side during the Speedo Summer Sectionals as well. After setting a Triton record in the 200 LCM IM at the LA Invite, Tina Reuter bettered her own time for a new record in Santa Clarita. Finishing the race in 2:20.83, the rising sophomore’s time was good for fourth in the A final.

Classmate Ellie Whitney, also coming off of an impressive performance at the LA Invite, nabbed a Triton record too. Whitney’s mark of 17:47.31 as she swam to sixth place in the 1500 LCM free was just over a second faster than Erika Rodman’s time of 17:48.32 from 2013.

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