In the interim between Fall and Winter Quarters, the UCSB men’s swim team came out even, winning two meets and losing one at the UN Las Vegas Winter Invite and then losing another at USC; the women’s team went 3-0 at the Invite and only notched one loss to USC.

From Dec. 16 to 18, both squads finished on top of the competition in Las Vegas, Nev., as the men’s team compiled a total of 1,062 points and the women tallied 993 in spite of the deficit caused by UCSB’s lack of a diving team.

For the men, senior Pat Cary and sophomore Chris Good won multiple heats to carry the Gauchos to success. On the women’s side, senior Jen Schwalb took home four individual events for Santa Barbara, as the women’s 200 free relay team broke the 1988 school record of 1:33.29, with the new time of 1:32.95.

Cary finished first in the 200 individual medley race with a time of 1:52.68, in addition to the 100 fly with a time of 48.73. He completed the hat trick, by taking first in the 200 fly, followed by freshman Chris Wiggin who came in second at 1:51.85 and freshman Daniel McClary who placed third with a time of 1:53.15. In the women’s 200 fly, Schwalb won the race with a time of 2:01.35, followed by sophomore Erin Yamamoto’s time of 2:06.66.

When the Gauchos traveled to Los Angeles, they could not muster the same success against the Trojans: The men dropped the meet 141 to 118. Cary dazzled again, taking two events, freshman Scott Vogelgesang won the 200 free with a time of 1:41.46 and Good took the 100 back with 52.08.

Like the men, the women narrowly lost to USC with a score of 149 to 111 last week. Junior Jessica Cruzat won the 100 backstroke with a time of 58.17 and the 200 backstroke event with 2:05.36.

The Gauchos next return to Campus Pool on Jan. 13 to host Davis.

– Staff Report