Thursday marked the first day of the NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships at Indiana University in Indianapolis. Senior Tim Freeman and sophomore Wade Allen made their national championship debuts after their conference championship qualifying times made them eligible for NCAA competition.
Freeman set a UCSB school record in the 100 meter breaststroke with his qualifying time of 53.08, good for the 17th seed on the national stage. He did not fare quite as well in the preliminary stages, recording a time of 54.23 and placing 36th out of 41 swimmers.
Allen also set a school record with his qualifying time. His recorded 46.65 in the 100 butterfly put him atop the UCSB all-time best list and garnered him the 23rd seed at the NCAA championships. However, Allen’s preliminary time of 47.41 was short of expectations, and he placed 33rd out of 42.
“Both of our guys were seeded very well and they had been doing very well in practice leading up to their events,” Head Coach Gregg Wilson said on Friday. “They’re both disappointed right now but we’ll look to get back at it tomorrow.”
After failing to make the cut in his first event, Allen came back Saturday to compete in the 100 freestyle. Again the competition was too steep and Allen could not match his qualifying time. After seeding well with a 43.35, he recorded a 44.01 in preliminaries and placed 39th out of 45.
As the last Gaucho standing at nationals, Freeman turned to his second event as well on Saturday, competing in the 200 breaststroke. His 1:56.66 gave him solid standing to compete in the preliminaries but the senior came up short in his last race. Freeman recorded a 1:58.77 and placed 35th out of 40.
With NCAA competition wrapping up and without any swimmers left to compete, UCSB swimming and diving wraps up their 2012-2013 season.
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