The UCSB men’s and women’s swim teams were on clean-up duty this past weekend, sweeping up the competition by winning all four scheduled meets in their home pool.
The women’s team went head-to-head with Cal State Northridge and the University of San Diego last Friday afternoon, winning both meets, 181-62 and 155-94, respectively.
The men’s team confronted Northridge on Friday, and Cal Poly on Saturday. The Matadors fell to the Gauchos, 129-71, while the Mustangs suffered a similar fate, losing 107-84.
Santa Barbara received notable performances on both sides. Senior co-captain Suzy Bagg notched first place in the 50-meter free, with a time of 24.6 seconds. Sophomores Danielle Steadman, Romina Mosquera, and Julia King dominated their events and helped UCSB rack up more first-place points.
Steadman took over the 100-meter free, winning in 52.8 seconds. Mosquera won the 200-meter free, crossing the finish line at 1:54.98. King swam for a first in the 100-meter backstroke, 58.92.
“[USD and Northridge are not] our top competitive teams,” junior Karin Finger said. “We played around with our events. Shelby [Chandler] and I both swam 500’s, which we don’t usually swim. I think we all enjoy switching it up.”
Gaucho men’s standouts included juniors David Arneson and David Maddan. Maddan swam the 1000-meter free, with a first-place time of 9:46.12. Juniors Seth Derrick, Chris May, and Ethan Hall also came up with first-place finishes in their events.
Derrick turned in a time of 1:42.75 in the 200-meter free, while May swam a 2:08.95 in the 200-meter breast. Hall took his first in the 200-meter IM, clocking in at 1:58.71.
“Seth Derrick and Chris May have been swimming really fast,” Arneson said.
The Gauchos were satisfied to have such a positive weekend at home. After competing against top caliber squads like USC, Pacific, and UNLV in consecutive weekends, they were ready for a change of pace.
“It was a relaxing weekend,” Assistant Coach Andy Bashor said. “We came off three tough weekends in a row.”