The UCSB men’s and women’s swim teams both captured a victory over rival Cal Poly this past Saturday at Campus Pool. The men won by a margin of 168-109, while the women won 150-144.
With this victory, both Gaucho squads pick up a MPSF win and remain undefeated in conference play. The men’s team moves to 1-1 overall and 1-0 in conference and the women’s team improves to 2-1 overall, 2-0 in conference.
“I am pleased with our performance today,” Head Coach Gregg Wilson said. “Especially because there were things that we had to overcome to do so.”
The women faced a tremendous amount adversity in this meet and were able to capitalize on a win in an exciting turn of events. They began the day down 32 points before the first swimming event, due to an absence of divers on the team, and were missing a few key athletes due to sickness.
Going into the final event, which was the 400-yard freestyle relay, the Mustangs lead by a score of 142- 135. The Gaucho’s A and B relay teams took first and second place, respectively, with times of 3:31.73 and 3:33.64, to push Santa Barbara to victory.
Along with the superb team effort of the women’s relays, some individuals had outstanding performances that helped on the scoreboard. Junior sprinter Kimmie Kreuzberger took first place in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 52.40 and added a second place effort in the 50-yard freestyle, coming in at 24.48. Senior distance swimmer Heren Alanis captured a win in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:03.43.
The men took the meet by storm to secure a sweep for UCSB with a couple of overall dominant performances in key events. The men swept the 200-yard freestyle event with strong outings by sophomore Clayton Young and juniors Eddie Sanchez and Lukas Paulauskas. Sophomore Dylan Kubick and freshman Billy Mullis each earned a first and second place title in both the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke events. Four Gauchos swept the 100-yard freestyle event, including senior sprinter Wade Allen.
Allen put on a clinic in the many events he participated in on Saturday. He led the Gauchos in their sweep of the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 45.68 and took second in the 100-yard fly with a time of 50.35. He ended the day taking gold in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.20, and he helped the UCSB relay team to a third place effort in the 400-yard freestyle.
“[Allen] had a great day,” Wilson said. “He is one of our guys that we depend on to perform and he did more than that in this meet.”
UC San Diego will come to town to challenge the Gauchos in a dual meet. It is set to start at noon this Friday at Campus Pool.