UCLA Women Triumph Over UC-Santa Barbara, Oregon State in Tri-Meet

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The women of UCLA, UC-Santa Barbara, and Oregon State gathered in Los Angeles on Saturday for a Tri-meet. UCLA claimed wins over both UC-Santa Barbara and Oregon State, while UC-Santa Barbara split the meet with a win over Oregon State in addition to their loss.

UCLA Press Release:

The UCLA swim team came out on top at the three-way duel meet against UCSB and Oregon State on Saturday afternoon.  Wearing pink caps in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, the Bruins beat the Gauchos 132-113, while dominating the Beavers 175-82.

Both Madison White and Caroline McTaggart posted double wins at the event.  White, a UCLA junior, swam the top mark in the 200 Fly (2:01.48) and the 200 Back (1:58.95).  Bruin newcomer McTaggart won the 100 Free (50.97) and the 200 Free (1:49.93).

UCLA swept the 200 Free, as Linnea Mack and Michaela Merlihan finished second and third, respectively, behind their freshman teammate.  Mack posted the top mark in the 100 Fly, swimming a 56.00.

UCLA’s freshman made a solid showing at the tri-meet as well.  Sandra Soe finished first in the 1000 Free with a time of 10:09.17, while Emma Schanz posted a 2:05.16 to finish first in the 200 IM.

Next up, the Bruins head to the desert to take on Arizona and Arizona State.  UCLA will swim against the Wildcats in Tucson on Friday, Nov. 6, at 1 p.m. PT.  On Saturday, Nov. 7, the Bruins will hit the pool in Tempe at 11 a.m. PT to take on the Sun Devils.

UC-Santa Barbara Press Release:

The UC Santa Barbara women’s swimming team had their season debut today in a three-way duel meet against the women of UCLA and Oregon State. UCSB beat Oregon State handedly, 180-76, but fell short against UCLA, 132-113.

The Gaucho women tallied six total wins for the day, including a win for both relays. Several women also made their UCSB swimming debuts today, including junior transfer Cheyenne Low who contributed two relay wins and one individual event victory.

UCSB’s “A” medley relay, consisting of Cheyenne Low (26.30), Katie Records(29.24), Kelsey Leonard (25.42), and Lauren Vosseler (23.06) sealed the first Gaucho win of the day in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:44.02. UCSB’s “B” relay took third in the event.

Cheyenne Low earned her second win of the day in the 100 backstroke, blowing the rest of the heat out of the water with a 55.85. Julia Mikota (57.13) took third.

The Gaucho breaststrokers stacked up several points with a one-two-three finish in the 100 breaststroke. Katie Records (1:03.82) led the pack, followed by Charis Hoppe (1:04.95) and Jiana Vargem (1:05.95).

Lauren Vosseler (23.46) took home a win in the 50 freestyle, blazing ahead of the rest of her heat by over half a second.

Katie Records (2:18.01) sealed a win in her second event of the day, the 200 breaststroke. Alyssa Shew (2:21.54) took third in the event.

Records placed second in the final individual event of the meet with a 2:07.42 in her 200 IM swim.

The Gaucho women concluded a solid meet performance with a one-two finish in the 400 freestyle relay.

Catch the men and women’s swimming teams in their next duel meet against Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo on Saturday, Oct. 31 at noon.

Oregon State Press Release: 

Senior Sammy Harrison stayed undefeated in the 500-yard freestyle for the 2015-16 season with a win in the event against UCLA and UC-Santa Barbara on Saturday afternoon.

Harrison clocked a time of 4:58.66 to edge out UCLA’s Sandra Soe (4:59.15) en route to a victory in the 500-yard freestyle. Saturday’s win marked the Henderson, Nev. native’s fifth win in the event this season and ninth individual victory overall.

Sophomore Noemie Midrez also placed in the top-five in the 500 free, touching the wall in 5:21.18.

Harrison opened the meet with the 1,000-yard freestyle, placing second with a time of 10:17.71. The senior freestyler had won the 1,000 in the four previous meets this season before Saturday’s second-place finish.

Final dual scores were 175-82 in favor of the Bruins, and 180-76 in favor of the Gauchos.

Junior Brooke Meyer was the Beavers’ next-highest finisher, placing third in the 100-yard fly with a time of 58.62. Freshman Megan Lam followed her in the event in fourth (58.92), while junior Jesikah Cavanaugh and senior Constance Toulemonde tied for fifth (59.68).

Oregon State also recorded a third-place finish in the 400-yard free relay, as the foursome of Toulemonde, junior Andrea Young, junior Anni Hecker and Harrison finished in 3:35.93.

Junior Czsarina Isleta recorded a trio of fourth-place finishes, clocking times of 1:06.02 in the 100-yard breaststroke, 2:22.57 in the 200-yard breaststroke and 2:11.65 in the 200-yard individual medley.

Rounding out the Beavers’ top performers were sophomore Corrine Shigeta, who clocked a time of 2:13.28 in the 200 IM to place fifth, as well as senior Amani Amr, who registered a time of 2:04.65 to finish in fifth in the 200-yard backstroke.

Following this weekend’s action, the Oregon State swimming team will take a week off before returning to action against Pacific and Fresno State on Saturday, Nov. 7. The meet from Stockton, Calif. is set to begin at 11 a.m. PT.