Gauchos Sweep UC San Diego in Dual Meets

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UCSB swim and dive teams posted a pair of dual meet victories over visiting UC San Diego on Friday afternoon at Campus Pool. The men came from behind to edge out the Tritons, 154-140 and the women posted a 173-127 win.

The Gaucho men were trailing by eight points entering the final individual event: the 400 individual medley. Randy Aakhus (4:03.89), Evan Simoni (4:06.95) and Andrew Barmann (4:11.46) swept the top-three finishes in the event to gain the Gaucho lead.  

In the following event, the UCSB 'A'‚ relay team of Kevin FergusonGarrett Thompson, Chris Peterson and Andrew Latimer took first in 1:22.50 to seal up the Gaucho win.

On the women's side, the UCSB women got off to a strong start in the first swimming event - the 200 medley relay. The UCSB 'B'‚ team finished first with Sophia Yamauchi, Paige Bradley, Emma Hunt and Mariah Tharp touching the wall in 1:48.13. The 'A'‚ team quickly followed, finishing in 1:48.50.

Andrea Ward led the way for the Gauchos, winning three individual events. She began with a win in the 200 fr ee (1:51.73), captured first in the 100 free (52.20) and then rounded out her program with top finish in the 500 free (5:04.51). 

Sophia Yamauchi also won multiple events, taking first in the 100 backstroke (56.91) and then the 100 butterfly (56.19). Monica Garcia won the 1000 free (10:38.98), Katie Records won the 100 breast (1:06.47) and Kendall Neely won the 50 free (24.63) to round out the Gaucho individual event winners.

UCSB wrapped up the women‚s events with a first-place finish by Emma Hunt, Mariah Tharp, Emily Stucky and Sophia Yamauchi in the 200 free relay (1:30.39).

Meanwhile, in diving, several UCSB divers competed at the Trojan Diving Invitational at USC.  In the women's 1-meter competition, Caila Baltas finished 23rd with a score of 175.30.  The male divers had some solid finishes.  Ryan Gerard was 16th with a score of 207.90, Erich Brodbeck was 18th at 184.85 and Nicolas Grantham was 20th with a tally of 162.20.  

Gaucho divers also took part in the platform competition.  Baltas was 16th among the female divers with a score of 119.30.  On the men's side, Gerard finished 12th at 166.50.  Grantham was 13th at 155.90 and Brodbeck finished 14th at 146.90.

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