Twelve Pool Records Fall in UC San Diego Quad Meet

Photo Credit: Kyle Staggs

LA JOLLA – A dozen Canyonview Aquatic Center pool records fell Saturday afternoon as San Diego State, Grand Canyon and Incarnate Word traveled to La Jolla for the UC San Diego quad meet. Grand Canyon accounted for five of the new records, while San Diego State (three), Grand Canyon (two) and Incarnate Word (two) also got in on the record-breaking action.

The Grand Canyon men and San Diego State women each swept their two dual meets, while Incarnate Word and UC San Diego each picked up one victory on the women’s side.

San Diego State Press Release

San Diego State set three pool records and placed first in 12 of 16 events in a double dual meet against Grand Canyon and Incarnate Word at the Canyonview Aquatic Center on the campus of UC San Diego Saturday afternoon.

The Aztecs ended the day with victories over both GCU (180-106) and UIW (184-107) to improve to 14-0. UCSD also competed at the meet, but did not score against SDSU as the teams had met in a dual meet earlier in the week.

The Aztecs began the afternoon by setting a facility record in the 400 medley relay as the quartet of Anika Apostalon, Laura Day, Summer Harrison and Chelsea Bailey turned in a time of 3:47.60 to break the previous pool record by 2.5 seconds.

SDSU ended the day with another facility record as the 200 freestyle relay team of Apostalon, Natilee Ruiz, Taylor Johnson and Savannah Miller went 1:34.14.

In between, Apostalon established a Canyonview Aquatic Center record with a mark of 50.05 in the 100 freestyle. The sophomore from Albuquerque, N.M, bettered the previous pool best of 50.26 that she set a year ago. She also picked up her fourth win of the afternoon by capturing the 100 backstroke in 55.19.

San Diego State swept the top three places in four events over the course of the meet. Following Apostalon in the 100 free were Bailey (51.50) and Maddy Dalcamo (52.40).

Laura Day placed first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:04.67 with Emilie Campbell finishing second (1:05.44) and Lydia Pereverzina third (1:05.85). Cori Casper won the 500 freestyle (5:09.35) and was followed by Alex Wolf in second (5:11.41) with Cayla Jetter third (5:17.03).

SDSU’s other sweep came in the 200 freestyle with Ruiz winning in a time of 1:51.44. Whitney Weisz placed second (1:51.75) with Casper in third (1:55.68).

The Aztecs’ other two first-place finishes in the individual swimming events included Bailey in the 50 freestyle (23.44) and Loreen Whitfield in the 100 butterfly (56.13).

In the diving, freshman Alexandra Caplan won both boards with scores that qualified for the Zone Diving Meet in March. Caplan won the 1-meter springboard with a score of 289.55 and captured the 3-meter event with a mark of 324.50. Her score on the 1-meter board ranks fourth all-time for an SDSU diver.

Sophomore Shannon Finigan qualified for the Zones with a mark of 294.60 on the 3-meter board. It was a personal best for the sophomore and ranks eighth in the SDSU record book.

In addition, freshman Makena Chamoures’ scores of 267.85 on the 1-meter and 283.10 on the 3-meter were also Zone qualifying marks.

San Diego State will next be in action when it hosts a double dual meet against Nevada and Rice on Friday, Jan. 9, at 10:00 a.m. at the Aztec Aquaplex.

Incarnate Word Press Release

The University of the Incarnate Word women’s swimming & diving team swam at a meet hosted by UC San Diego on Saturday. They lost to San Diego State, 184-107 and defeated Grand Canyon, 151-146. (Results)

UIW freshman Alona Kyselova (Kiev, Ukraine/Tarasa Shevchenko) set a pair of Canyonview Pool records en route to winning three events. She opened the meet with a pool record time of 17:03.32 in the 1650-yard freestyle. She won the 200-yard breaststroke midway through the meet in a time of 2:18.74. Finally, she closed out her day by winning the 400-yard individual medley in a pool record time of 4:21.19.

Senior Kali Lents (San Antonio/Reagan HS) continued her strong season in the diving events. She finished second in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events. She earned 277.50 points at 3-meters and 297.80 at1-meter.

Senior Lana Nguyen (Kiev, Ukraine/NPD) and sophomore Daria Makieieva (Mariupol, Ukraine/Olimpic Reserve of Sergey Bubka) both had solid days in the pool for the Cardinals. Nguyen finished second in the 50 freestyle in 23.75 and she was fourth in the 100 freestyle in 52.45. Makieieva was fourth in both breaststroke events.

UC-San Diego also swam in the meet even though they did not score a dual meet against the Cardinals.

Grand Canyon Press Release

The Grand Canyon University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams kicked off the New Year with a strong showing Saturday at the Canyonview Aquatic Complex in La Jolla, Calf. The meet was hosted by UC San Diego and featured four schools on the women’s side and three on the men’s.

The Antelope men, who won all but one event, topped both Incarnate Word and host UC San Diego, while the GCU women fell to Incarnate Word, San Diego State and UC San Diego.

“A very impressive meet for our guys,” said head swimming coach Steve Schaffer. “We won all but one event and had some very impressive times for coming off of our winter break training. Our women competed very well against teams that we have never beaten and came up just a bit short to UIW and UCSD. San Diego State held us to just 58 points last year, and we almost doubled that this year. All signs that we are making progress.”

Iegor Lytvenok had a strong showing Saturday, collecting a trio of first-place finishes. Lytvenok won the 200-free (1:37.82), 200-back (1:47.87) and 400-IM (4:04.09). John Feely took second in the 200-back after finishing in a time of 1:53.30. Lytvenok’s times in the 200-free and 200-back are new pool records.

Stanislav Saiko took first in the 200-fly (1:51.78) and 500-free (4:37.22). Nathon Burwick (1:54.27) finished third in the 200-fly and Trent Godfrey was third in the 500-free (4:43.59). Burwick was second in the 100-fly (50.96 seconds).

Illya Glazunov set a pair of pool records Saturday on his way to winning the 50-free (20.17 seconds) and 100-free (44.91 seconds). Tanner Brotherton and Jacob Lambros tied for fourth after they finished with a time of 21.27 seconds in the 50-free. Lambros (46.32 seconds) took second and Mazen Elkamash (47.14 seconds) fifth in the 100-free.

Feely won the 100-back after finishing in a time of 51.73 seconds. Trent Trump came in third (52.77 seconds) and Fedir Bolychev took fifth (53.50 seconds). Mantas Auruskevicius took first in the 200-breast (2:06.71), while placing third was Aslan Burbayev (2:08.79) and fifth Youssef Elkamash (2:11.88).

Burbayev and Youssef El Kamash tied for the top spot in the 100-breast after touching the wall in a time of 57.55 seconds. Auruskevicius (57.87 seconds) and Tom Wahlers (59.83 seconds) placed fourth and fifth, respectively.

The quartet of Lytvenok, Youssef El Kamash, Fedir Bolychev and Glazunov captured a first in the 400-medley relay after collecting a time of 3:23.09. Jack Feely, Mantas Auruskevicius, Saiko and Lambros came in second just behind their teammates (3:25.67). Lambros, Mazen El Kamash, Brotherton and Glazunov produced a pool record time of 1:22.23 in the 200-free on their way to first.

For the GCU divers, Michael Bidak had a strong showing, winning the 1-meter dive (323.90) and 3-meter dive (27.55). Michael Winfrey placed fourth (231.20) in the 3-meter dive and fifth (219.30) in the 1-meter dive. Rachel Adams finished eighth in the 1-meter dive (197.50) and the 3-meter dive (212.48).

“All three divers had personal bests today and their continued hard work is starting to show,” said head diving coach Tracey Eldridge. “I am excited to see more improvements over the next few months.”

Hannah Kastigar notched a pool record time and first-place finish in the 200-fly after posting a time of 2:02.63. The sophomore took second in the 1650-free after clocking a time of 17:06.79 and second in the 400-IM (4:22.39).

Iryna Glavnyk secured a first-place finish in the 200-back after clocking a time of 2:00.78. Glavnyk also turned in a second-place finish in the 100-back, finishing in 56.32 seconds. Rebecca Coan garnered a third-place finish in the 100-fly, accumulating a time of 59.63 seconds.

“We got some great racing experience against some very good swimmers, and that will help us at the WAC championships,” concluded Schaffer.

The GCU swimming and diving teams will host North Dakota next Friday and Saturday at the Southwest Family YMCA in Goodyear. The Northern Colorado women will also be in Phoenix next Friday competing against GCU and UND. Fans can find more information on the swimming and diving season at

UC San Diego Press Release

The UC San Diego women’s swimming and diving team edged Grand Canyon University, 150-141, while the Triton men fell to the visiting Antelopes, 202.5-95.5, in dual meets at the Canyonview Aquatic Center on Saturday.

With the results, the UCSD women, ranked No. 4 nationally in Division II, improved to 4-2 on the season. The seventh-ranked men are now 2-3. The Tritons welcomed a trio of Division I foes in GCU, Incarnate Word and San Diego State, but did not get scored against the latter two opponents, having already met them at SDSU last Monday. The Aztec women remained undefeated at 14-0 with wins over GCU (180-106) and UIW (184-107). The GCU men (5-1) easily got past UIW (1-5) as well, 213-85. The Grand Canyon women (5-4) were nipped by UIW (3-8), 151-146.

A total of 12 Canyonview Aquatic Center records fell on the day, with five on the men’s side, all by GCU, and seven on the women’s. Three of those came from SDSU, alongside two each by the Antelopes and Cardinals.

The women’s meet with the ‘Lopes was a back and forth affair late. GCU held a relatively comfortable 112-90 advantage after 11 of 16 events. Through 13 events, UCSD had taken its first lead of the afternoon, at 121-119, after Naomi Thomas (58.36) and Jaclyn Amog (59.32) went 1-2 in the 100-yard butterfly, with freshman Jayna Wittenbrink grabbing two more points for her side in 59.69.

With three-meter diving added to the mix during the second of two breaks, a deadlock was achieved at 128-128. The ‘Lopes actually regained a 139-135 edge following the 400 individual medley as Hannah Kastigar earned the nine first-place points in 4:22.39. That meant the winner of the final 200 free relay would take the meet, regardless of who placed second or third among the point-scoring spots.

The Triton ‘B’ relay, in fact, went 1:38.56, to nab those all-important 11 points. The foursome was made up of sophomore Natalie Tang, Amog, fellow fourth-year senior Eva Chen, and freshman anchor Haley Murphy. UCSD’s ‘A’ relay was second for good measure, in 1:38.72, with GCU’s top group timing 1:38.82.

The Tritons went 1-2-3 in the men’s mile (1650 free) early on behind sophomores Sasha Mitrushina (16:18.43) and Chandler Pourvahidi (16:24.70), and junior Kyle Nadler (16:25.64). Junior Cole Heale (20.99) and senior co-captain Jack Galvan (21.18) were 2-3 in the 50 free. Galvan added a third-place finish in the 100 (46.63).

Other runner-up finishes in men’s individual events were turned in by junior co-captain Paul Li (200 free, 1:44.05), Julian Jacobs (100 back, 52.59), Adam Springer (one-meter diving, 254.70), AJ Zavala (200 breast, 2:07.29), Kevin Wylder (100 fly, 50.96), and Zachary Yong (400 IM, 4:09.41).

Julia Toronczak (Santee/West Hills HS) was third-fastest in the 200 back (2:06.00). A second UCSD freshman, Stephanie Sin, was fifth in the grueling mile (17:44.60). Natalie Tang (200 free, 1:56.87), Toronczak (100 back, 59.25) and Haley Hamza (500 free, 5:19.31) produced fourth-place efforts for the Triton women. Maddy Huttner had the fifth fastest marks in the 100 back (59.92) and 400 IM (4:33.81).

The Tritons remain at home for more dual meets on Sunday, Jan. 4, with the men taking on No. 21 Missouri S&T and No. 23 Colorado Mesa, and the women competing against CMU and Division I San José State beginning at 11 a.m. at the Canyonview Aquatic Center.

Results: Grand Canyon, Incarnate Word, San Diego State vs. UC San Diego