The UCSB men’s and women’s swim team looks forward to end its regular season with a bang this weekend.
The Gauchos are pitted against Irvine in their last home meet of the year Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Campus Pool. Santa Barbara’s meet against the Anteaters will be "Senior Day" for a number of the team members. The day will be emotional for the team as a whole, since it is the squad’s chance to acknowledge graduating senior swimmers and say farewell.
"It’s a big thing to make it through [four years of swimming in college]," junior sprint swimmer Dave Arneson said.
Graduating senior co-captain Suzy Bagg’s sentiments echoed those of her teammate.
"Not that many people make it through all four years," Bagg said. "A lot of people trickle out in their first two years. I think my class started out with about eight to 10 freshmen, and we are down to four."
With an impressive performance last weekend, in which the Gauchos notched a total of four wins against three different schools, they hope to extend their winning streak by rolling over Irvine.
Last weekend, the Gaucho men’s team split up its swimmers and had half of the team swim Friday versus Cal State Northridge, and half of the team swim Saturday against Cal Poly. The women’s team used the same type of strategy – splitting up the team and switching events.
Assistant Coach Andy Bashor explained that the team has been starting its "taper," which means the swimmers have been resting up for the Big West Championships coming up in a few weeks.
"[This] weekend is Irvine, and it’s going to be along the same lines [as last weekend]," Bashor said. "It’s our last meet before the Big West Conference Championships."