Swimming at home while honoring their senior members helped the UCSB swimming team earn a victory against Pacific in its final home meet of the season Saturday, as the men’s team defeated the Tigers 153-109. The women’s team, however, struggled with the fierce competition and lost 138.5-121.5.
“The men performed unbelievably well and they turned these great performances and were ready for it,” Head Coach Gregg Wilson said. “The women, we knew it was going to be tougher. [UOP] has excellent ladies, and our girls usually peak at the end, but it didn’t happen. Some of our front line women didn’t do as well as we needed them to do.”
It was an emotional meet for the senior members since the meet marked the last time they will ever swim at Campus Pool. Senior captains Pat Cary, Jennifer Schwalb and Katie Moeckel each gave impressive performances as they bid farewell to their teammates, contributing to UCSB’s overall point total.
“All the seniors wanted to go out and get their best times here at Campus Pool. That was one of our goals, and we also wanted to make a lasting impression on the younger group that is here now,” Cary said. “We wanted to put together all the hard work we have done for the past four years and show it in the pool.”
Cary won two individual events, dominating the 100 and 200 fly, with times of 48.92 and 1:47.73. Freshman Scott Vogelgesang also won two individual events and gave a strong performance in the 100 and 200 free, coming in at 46.29 and 1:40.09. Sophomore Bradley Matsumoto took first in the 50 free with a time of 21.13. Senior Brent Nolan finished the one, two, three sweep with a time of 1:54.61. The Gauchos also dominated the 200 medley relay, with a time of 1:34.09 and took first and second in the 400 medley, with times of 3:05.54 and 3:08.09.
The Gaucho women lost, but individual members still delivered great performances. Schwalb won the 200 IM with a time of 2:06.62. She also placed second in the 100 and 200 fly with times of 56.59 and 2:03.78. Freshman Anne Marie May won the 50 free in 23.92. The Gaucho women also won the 200 free relay in 1:34.71. The team consisted of May, freshman Naomi Javanifard and sophomores Jamie Lathers and Nadia Dwidar. Although the Gauchos finished their last meet, they have a big task ahead of them two weeks from now: The Big West Championships.
“The journey is not over yet. It’s looking very bright for a victory for us and we have to stay focused in these two and half weeks of practice,” Cary said. “We can’t let the meets that we won get to our heads, and we have to take it one step at a time and not get ahead of ourselves.”