Domination was the name of the game as the UCSB men’s and women’s swimming teams crushed Cal Poly (1-3 overall for both men and women) and UC San Diego (1-2 for women, 0-3 for men) Saturday afternoon at Campus Pool. The Gaucho women (3-2 overall) defeated the Mustangs 157-99 and the Tritons 185-67, while the men (2-1 overall) defeated the Mustangs 161-98 and the Tritons 184-62. The Gauchos had complete control in the pool as they captured all the relays in addition to 18 individual races.
“I have to hand it to them, we had a lot of energy,” Head Coach Gregg Wilson said. “The other two teams did not have nearly the depth. Our depth and energy overpowered them, and it was fantastic to see the kids working hard.”
Everything seemed to go right on this day for the Gauchos. When the women’s “A” team got disqualified in the 200-medley relay, the “B” team – consisting of juniors Jessica Cruzat, Katy Freeman, Erin Yamamoto and freshman Jamie Cisar – stepped up to secure the win in a time of 1:49.05. Cruzat continued her winning ways by winning the 200-free in 1:53.99 and the 200-back in 2:05.67.
“She’s a very productive swimmer and she’s improving everyday,” Wilson said.
Sophomore Katie Ure placed first in the 100-back and 100-fly with times of 59.96 and 57.15, respectively. Freshman Sara Nicponski continued her impressive rookie showing by taking the 100-breast in 1:04.65, while sophomore Anne Marie May won the 100-free, showing off the impressive form that made her so successful as a freshman last season.
The men’s “A” and “B” teams took first and second in the 200-medley with times of 1:34.12 and 1:36.11, respectively. Juniors Chris Good and Jeff Sudbury picked up individual wins, with Good taking the 200-fly and 400 IM in 1:52.66 and 4:02.04, respectively, and Sudbury dominating the 50-free in 21.07 and the 200-breast in 2:06.60.
Junior Bradley Matsumoto scored for the Gauchos by taking the 100-back in 52.12, and junior Joe Wood garnered extra points for the Gauchos by winning the 200-free in 1:43.18.
“We are swimming faster than any time we did last year,” Wilson said. “These kids are tired from swimming hard at practice, yet they are breaking their own lifetime records when they swim with others. It’s amazing to see that. With our relays, we feel like someone has to be very good, because we feel like we can beat anyone.”