SANTA BARBARA, California, November 13. THE UC Santa Barbara swim and dive teams defeated visiting Cal Poly on Saturday afternoon in a dual meet at Campus Pool. The Gaucho women beat the Mustangs, 157-141, while the men edged out Cal Poly, 155-141.
In a meet that came down to the last couple of events, Cal Poly captured an early lead behind the strong performances of its divers. Sami McIntyre and Meaghan O’Meara went one-two on both the one-meter and three-meter boards. McIntyre posted a score of 253.10 on the one-meter and 215 on the three-meter to capture first place in both events. The Gauchos’ lone woman diver, Missy Burley, took third on the three-meter (174.35) and fourth on the one-meter (168.85).
On the men’s side, Cal Poly’s Toby Reaper and Trevor Foster also went one-two on the two boards. Reaper captured first place on both boards with a score of 235.15 on the one-meter and 224.40 on the three-meter. Max Brookman took third for the Gauchos on the low board with 136.30 points while Trevor Hough captured third on the three-meter with 152.45 points.
UCSB began its comeback during the first swimming events as the women went one-two in the 400 medley relay. The team of Katie Stover, Sophia Yamauchi, Miranda Schneider and Mariah Tharp finished first in 3:49.15. The men’s “A” relay also took first with Ryan Garcia, Kevin Ferguson, Max Horrell and Chris Peterson clocking in at 3:19.78, beating out Cal Poly’s second-place team by over eight seconds.
The Mustangs showed their strength in the distance events. The reigning Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Swimmer of the Week, Lacy Buck captured first in the 1,000 freestyle (10:07.19), but the Gauchos captured second through fourth in the event as Andrea Ward (10:11.25), Emma Hunt (10:27.79) and Astrid Amsallem (10:28.48) combined to match Buck’s first-place points.
In the men’s 1,000, Cal Poly’s Konrad Antoniuk took first in 9:38.78 as the Mustangs swept the top-three finishes in the event. Buck and Antoniuk both also took first-place later in the meet in the 500 free. Buck touched the wall in 5:02.06 while Antoniuk finished in 4:35.75.
Following the 1,000 free, the UCSB women won the next three events with Katie Stover taking first in the 200 free (1:51.38), Allie Knight taking first in the 100 backstroke (57.67) and Sophia Yamauchi taking the top finish in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.87). Each repeated as event winners later in the meet as Stover and Knight tied for first in the 200 back with a time of 2:03.33 and Yamauchi won the 200 breast in 2:16.97.
Kendall Neely rounded out the women’s top individual finishes, placing first in the 50 free in 23.28.
Garrett Thompson captured the Gaucho men’s first individual win of the meet in the 200 free, touching the wall in 1:40.05. The UCSB men went on to take first-place in six of the following nine individual events. Kevin Ferguson dominated the 100 breaststroke, posting a time of 55.48, which was 4.52 seconds faster than the second-place finisher. He then won the 100 free in 44.95.
Max Horrell won the 200 fly in 1:52.81, beating out Antoniuk by two seconds. Later in the meet, Horrell won the 100 fly in 50.26 seconds.
Chris Peterson won the 50 free in 23.28 and Evan Simoni captured 200 breast in 2:06.86 to round out the Gauchos’ first-place finishers on the men’s end.
The Gauchos closed the door on the Mustangs in the 400 free relays. The women’s team of Yamauchi, Stover, Neely and Mariah Tharp posted a time of 3:25.90, beating out Cal Poly by almost five seconds. The men’s team of Ferguson, Thompson, Ryan Hanni and Peterson then went 2:59.48 beating out the Mustangs by over eight seconds to secure the dual win.
UCSB will be back in action next week as the swimmers head to the Arena Invitational in Long Beach, Calif. for a three-day meet that runs Friday, Nov. 18 through Saturday, Nov. 20.
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