Gaucho women swim in between UCLA, Beavers

LOS ANGELES — The UC Santa Barbara women’s swim team captured a pair of first-place finishes and meet records in both the 200 medley and 400 free relays on Friday afternoon as they competed in a nonconference triple dual against UCLA and Oregon State at the Bruin’s Men’s Gym Pool. The Gauchos defeated Oregon State 158-87 while concurrently falling to UCLA, 161-84.

With the split, UCSB now holds a 2-1 dual meet record this season. 
The Gauchos got off to a strong start as the 200 medley “A” relay made up of Naomi Javanifard, Sara Nicponski, Erin Yamamoto and Anne Marie May posted a meet record time of 1:44.01 to take first place. The time surpassed UCLA’s previous meet record of 1:44.45 set in 2000.

The Bruins fought back in the next event, as they took first through third place in the 1000 freestyle. Freshman Alex Hilber was the Gauchos’ top finisher, taking fourth with a time of 10:12.65.

After being shutout of the top-three again in the 200 free, Javanifard took second in the 100 backstroke, touching the wall in 56.85. Madeline Stanton won the event in 56.36 for the Bruins. Javanifard also took second in the 100 fly, posting a time of 57.15.

Senior Katy Freeman was the lone individual event first-place finisher for UCSB, touching first in both the 100 breaststroke (1:03.64) and the 200 breast (2:17.80). Nicponski took third in the 100 breast with a time of 1:04.17.

May took second-place in both the 50 free (23.46) and the 100 free (51.16), while UCLA’s Anna Poteete took first in both sprint freestyle events, posting a time of 23.41 in the 50 and 50.79 in the 100.

The Gauchos rounded out the meet with another relay victory and meet record in the 400 free relay. The UCSB team of Nadia Dwidar, Javanifard, Courtney Bauer and May beat out UCLA with a time of 3:26.84. The time broke a 10-year-old meet record (3:27.46) set by the Bruins in 1998.

In other meet action, UCLA defeated Oregon State, 174-71.