San Diego State Swimming Tops Oregon State, Vanderbilt

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San Diego State swimming moved to 3-0 on the year with a pair of victories against Oregon State and Vanderbilt.

San Diego State Press Release:

San Diego State captured eight individual events and one relay as it registered dual meet victories over both Oregon State (121.5-105.5) and Vanderbilt (128-104) Thursday afternoon at the Aztec Aquaplex. The wins allowed the Aztecs to improve to 3-0 on the year.

Eight SDSU swimmers won their events led by double winner Whitney Weisz. The senior took first in both the 100 and 200 freestyle races with times of 50:82 and 1:51.00 respectively.

In addition, Weisz anchored the winning 400 freestyle relay team that finished first in a time of 3:27.95. She along with teammates Cailey Steffens, Taylor Johnson and Sami Guttmacher turned in a mark that ranks as the eight-fastest ever in the event at the Aquaplex.

Four other San Diego State swimmers, two of whom won their races, also had times that rank among the all-time top 10 at the Aquaplex. That group includes event winners Taylor Johnson in the 50 free (23.44 – fifth fastest) and Rachael Kelch in the 200 butterfly (2:03.25 – sixth-fastest).

Savannah Miller’s second-place time of 50.90 in the 100 freestyle ranks third all-time at the facility while Taylor Young’s second-place mark of 2:20.48 in the 200 breaststroke ranks ninth.

SDSU’s four other individual event winners included Kate Santilena in the 100 backstroke (57.71), Cecilia Zaccarelli in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.03), Natilee Ruiz in the 200 backstroke (2:02.26) and Summer Harrison in the 100 butterfly (54.66).

With neither Oregon State nor Vanderbilt fielding any divers, the scores in those two events were not counted in the final tally. SDSU sophomore Alexandra Caplan won both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards with scores of 321.15 and 287.55 respectively. Payton Gabris took second on the 1-meter board (259.65) while Izzy Choquehuanca was runner-up on the 3-meter (264.67).

Up next for San Diego State will be another double dual competition as New Mexico and Washington State visit the Aztec Aquaplex for a meet on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 10:00 a.m.

Oregon State Press Release:

Senior Sammy Harrison won the 500 and 1,000-yard freestyle events to lead the Oregon State swimming team in a Thursday meet against San Diego State and Vanderbilt at the Aztec Aquaplex.

Harrison’s winning time of 10:14.39 in the 1,000-yard freestyle was more than 15 seconds faster than that of the second-place finisher, and was the fifth-fastest time ever recorded at the Aztec Aquaplex. An event she holds the school record in, Harrison’s time Thursday was the 10th-fastest in the event in program history, just behind her time of 10:14.34 at this season’s dual meet against Arizona State.

The Henderson, Nev. native posted her second win of the meet in the 500-yard freestyle, clocking a time of 5:01.25, notching a five-second victory in the event.

As a team, OSU fell to the Aztecs, 121.5-105.5, and to the Commodores, 137-108. The three squads competed in a total of 14 swimming events.

Senior Amani Amr placed second in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 58:23, and followed with a second-place finish in the 200 backstroke, posting a time of 2:06.29.

Two of the top three finishers in the 200-yard breaststroke swam for the Orange and Black on Thursday, as junior Czsarina Isleta clocked a time of 2:22.53 to finish in second, while sophomore Corrine Shigeta placed third with a time of 2:23.92.

Junior captain Andrea Young rounded out the Beavers’ top finishers on Thursday, claiming a third-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley behind a time of 2:10.91.

The Oregon State swimming team returns to action on Friday, as the Beavers bookend their trip to California with a dual meet at San Diego. The Beavers’ meet against the Toreros and Commodores is set to begin at 2 p.m. PT.

Vanderbilt Press Release:

The Vanderbilt swim team made a splash in its first away meet of the 2015-16 season, defeating the Oregon State Beavers, but falling to San Diego State.

Sophomore Kara Lucenti had a great meet for the `Dores, taking first place in the 200 breaststroke (2:26.15) and 200 IM (2:06.18). Lucenti’s time of 2:26.15 in the 200 breast was the eighth fastest time ever recorded at the Aztec Aquaplex. Owning the current Vanderbilt freshman records in the 200 IM and the 100 breast, Lucenti continues to be a strong member of the Vandy swim team generating key points in competition.

Vanderbilt had an incredibly strong showing in the 100 Butterfly as the `Dores swept the podium with Breanna Sapienza taking first place (55.39), followed by Kayla Moran at second (55.43) and Rachel Koch at third (56.15).

Koch also earned second place in the 200 fly, swimming in at a time of 2:04.02. And for the second meet in a row freshman Johanna Goldblatt earned a third-place finish for the black and gold, this time winning bronze in the 200 back at a time of 2:10.48.

The current 200 Free freshman record holder, Summer Brown, continued to excel at the event with a second place finish; 1:51.96.

Vandy closed out the meet on a high note, claiming second and third place in the 400 free relay.

Vanderbilt continues competing in San Diego Friday, taking on the University of San Diego at 2:00 pm CT. Oregon State will also be in competition, but the two teams will not score one another.