UC San Diego Takes On Cal State East Bay In Long Course Dual Meet

LA JOLLA, California, December 21. THE University of California – San Diego women’s swimming and diving team swept in-state rival California State – East Bay in a long course dual meet this afternoon with wins in all 11 of the events contested. Eva Chen, Colleen Daley and Sierra Gage each won two events for the victorious Tritons.

UC San Diego Women’s Press Release

The sixth-ranked UC San Diego women’s swim team won all 11 events in cruising past NCAA Division II foe Cal State East Bay, 146-59, in a dual meet at the Canyonview Aquatic Center Saturday.

Coming off of a grueling week of training following fall quarter final exams, the meet was a rare one for the Tritons in long-course meters, as opposed to the standard short-course yards. The last such competition at Canyonview came against Cal Poly two seasons ago on Dec. 18, 2011.

With the result, the Tritons moved to 2-1 on the dual season. The visiting Pioneers, receiving votes just outside of the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Division II poll, are now 2-3. Saturday marked the second dual meeting between the schools, with UCSD having previously taken a 132-67 decision in La Jolla on Jan. 5 of this year. East Bay placed second behind UCSD at the 2013 Pacific Collegiate Swimming & Diving Conference (PCSC) Championships.

Three UCSD swimmers won a pair of individual events in junior Eva Chen, sophomore Colleen Daley and freshman Sierra Gage.

Chen took the 200-meter individual medley in 2:30.14 over freshman teammate Jaimie Bryan (2:30.82) before another narrow victory in the 100 breaststroke (1:17.71) over East Bay’s Courtney Schwiesow (1:17.99).

Daley was fastest in the two shortest freestyle events, sprinting 27.54 in the 50 and then 1:00.69 in the 100, touching out East Bay’s Caitlin DeNise, who went 27.65 and 1:01.41, respectively, in both races. DeNise was a teammate of Triton captain and fellow senior Anji Shakya at Davis Senior High School.

Gage, a rookie out of Mission Viejo and Capistrano Valley High School, out-distanced the field in the two longest races of the afternoon, timing 9:35.03 to rally past senior teammate Erika Rodman (9:44.36) in the 800 free, and 4:42.82 in the 400 free to again finish just ahead of Rodman (4:45.38).

The remaining individual event wins went to Shakya in the 200 free (2:09.39), sophomore Naomi Thomas in the 100 butterfly (1:05.25) and senior Sandy Hon in the 100 backstroke (1:09.90). Shakya is the reigning NCAA Division II national champion in the 200-yard freestyle.

UCSD also took the two relays on the day in comfortable fashion. Shakya led off the first-place Triton foursome in the 400 medley relay to open the meet, combining with Bryan, Thomas and junior anchor Sierra Robbins for a time of 4:34.38. She later opened the winning 400 free relay (4:04.64) ahead of freshmen Austine Lee and Catherine Woo, and Daley as the anchor.

UCSD produced a pair of clean 1-2-3 sweeps of the maximum 16 points, with senior Katie McBride finishing third (9:47.98) behind Gage and Rodman in the 800, and Thomas touching third (2:33.29) in the 200 IM after Chen and Bryan.

The Tritons still have one more date left for the 2013 calendar year. They will be joined by the eighth-ranked UCSD men in a dual competition across town at San Diego State on Monday, Dec. 30. Air Force will also be present for a meet set for a 2 p.m. start at the Aztec Aquaplex.

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